The founders of game publishing powerhouse BioWare are leaving the industry.
Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka, who founded BioWare in 1995, announced their resignation Tuesday. BioWare owner Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) had as recently as August been denying the retirements.
Zeschuk and Muzyka, who are both doctors, stated in letters published at blog.bioware.com that the decision was difficult to make, but that the time had come to confront new challenges. While both men shared their affection for their time at BioWare and the people they worked with, the two also revealed different post-Bioware goals.
Muzyka says, “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.”
Meanwhile, Zeschuk says, “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.”
The two men led the company in the development of such hit games as Baldur’s Gate, Shattered Steel, Neverwinter Nights, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Mass Effect and Dragon’s Age, among other titles.