Posted on September 18, 2012, Phil Hornshaw BioWare Founders Retire After Nearly 20 Years with Company
In a pair of farewell letters posted on BioWare’s Social Network website today, co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk announced they’re leaving the company after nearly 20 years.
Both founders say they’re leaving the company to pursue new opportunities and challenges, after having worked in video games since they founded the company with their own money in 1995. The Doctors, as they’ve been colloquially known for their medical backgrounds, each provided different reasons for leaving.
Zeschuk writes that he’ll be moving away from games “for a while, and there’s a strong possibility that I won’t be back.” Instead, he’ll be pursuing creativity in another realm about which he’s passionate: craft beer.
“The main project I will be working on is a web-based interview show called The Beer Diaries where I interview notable brewers and showcase their beers,” Zeschuk writes. “If things go well, I’ll work on other beer-related shows, apps and projects. If not, I’ll have drunk a lot of tasty beers and may be back in games or even something else completely different.”
Zeschuk noted that over the years, the passion he had for working in video games has diminished, which is part of the reason for his retirement. “I’ve reached an unexpected point in my life where I no longer have the passion that I once did for the company, for the games, and for the challenge of creation,” he writes.
Muzyka also says that he intends to leave the video game industry altogether, and in his letter states that he hopes to invest in and mentor new entrepreneurs.
“I believe strongly in the power of free enterprise to enable sustainable change, so my next ‘chapter’ will likely focus on an entirely new industry, something exciting, different and frankly downright scary – investing in and mentoring new entrepreneurs, and more specifically, the field of social/impact investing,” he says.
He also points to pursuing new challenges as the reason he’s moving on. “It’s not often that you can truly say you were able to pursue and achieve your dream job; I know how lucky I am to be able to say that now, in my early 40s,” Muzyka writes.
The big question remaining now is, how will this affect BioWare going forward? The company has faced some big challenges recently in the controversy surrounding Mass Effect 3 and the struggles of Star Wars: The Old Republic. We’ll keep an eye out for more information as it becomes available.