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BioWare founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk retire from video games industry

Laura Barnes
BioWare founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk retire from video games industry

Both founders are leaving the EA-owned studio BioWare to pursue new ventures outside of the video games industry.

The developer's credits include sci-fi trilogy Mass Effect and recent MMO release Star Wars: The Old Republic.

“After nearly twenty years working at BioWare I’ve decided it’s time to move on and pursue something new,” Zeschuk stated.

“This decision isn’t without significant pain and regret, but it’s also something I know I need to do, for myself and my family. 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.

“Some of you will be curious what I’ll be doing next, and I can state that I’m not going to be working in games for a while, and there’s a strong possibility that I won’t be back. After my departure I’m going to be spending significant time with family and friends, as well as pursuing some personal passion-driven projects related to 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.”

Muzyka also published a statement explaining his reasons for leaving: “The decision to leave the video games industry is hard to explain, but essentially I feel similar now to how I felt in the early days of BioWare over the decade post-medical school, while I was still practicing as an ER physician, back when I first realised that the world of video games was my next career ‘chapter’. Two wonderful decades working at BioWare and later EA was the result of that decision. 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.

“I feel the need now to move on to a new chapter in my career. With the growth of BioWare to multiple locations as part of a public company, following two decades of multiple successful product launches across many platforms and business models, I’ve largely personally achieved what I wanted in video games; I now desire to take on a brand new entrepreneurial challenge. 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.

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Tags: Games, gaming, mmo, ea, bioware, mass effect, Electronic Arts, SW:TOR, Ray Muzyka, Greg Zeschuk

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