Cliff Bleszinski leaves Epic Games after 20 years on the job

By on October 4, 2012, 4:30 PM

We’ve recently learned that Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski has left the company following 20 years of service. Bleszinski has been in the gaming industry since he was a teenager and simply said it was time for a much needed break. He was responsible for a number of key titles that include Gears of War, Jazz Jackrabbit and Unreal.  

Bleszinski said in a personal note to colleagues that he will miss the projects, the playtests, the debates and the people at Epic Games the most. He’s thankful for his time with the company and the opportunity to have met and worked with people spanning virtually every job position.

Vice president of Epic Games Mark Rein said he was sad to see Bleszinski move on but knows that everyone has benefitted greatly from his passion for gaming and the depth of his experience and expertise. Epic founder and CEO Tim Sweeney echoed those sentiments, pointing out that his contributions to Unreal and Gears of War helped shape the gaming industry into what it is today. He said everyone at Epic wishes him continued success in the next chapter of his life.

It’s unclear at this hour what Bleszinski’s plans are for the next stage of his career. Based on the tone of his memo, it’s hard to believe that he would have taken a job with another developer nor do we think he will start his own development studio in the near future. He’s still young though and likely has a lot left to offer the gaming industry when (or if) he decides to return.

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1 person liked this | ---agissi--- ---agissi---, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Aw wow, Epic has been close to my heart ever since I grew very fond of the original Unreal and then Unreal Tournament right away at first play.

scorpian007 said:

Whoa, did not expect this. Really sad to see him go, he is such a cool personality. I remember Epic from the Epic Pinball/Jack Jazzrabbit days

1 person liked this | captainawesome captainawesome said:

Unreal is epic!

1 person liked this | St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

Unreal is epic!

I see what you did there! :P

Jazz Jackrabbit is awesome also.

Rick Rick, TechSpot Staff, said:

Cliff Bleszinski has left the company following 20 years of service.

That means he's be working for Epic since he was 17ish. That's very cool.

slamscaper slamscaper said:

Cliffy B was no friend to PC gamers over the last few years, so I can't say I'll lose any sleep over his departure. He gave up on the PC community because he considers us all pirates.

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