BioWare founders, Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk have announced their retirement from the gaming company as well as the video game industry.
Ray Muzyka rambles in his last blog entry:
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 videogames
Greg Zeschuk explains in his last blog entry:
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.
Even though they’re leaving, they’re adamant that this doesn’t impact any of Bioware’s projects at all… because, you know, they sold everything to EA… so EA is running the show now.
Let me point out some facts here:
- Both founders are leaving at the same time
- Both ramble on and on about having passion, losing passion, passionate players, passionate team… passionate passion
- Both make a point to say lots of really super sweet things about EA
- In October 2007, Electronic Arts bought Bioware (and partner company Pandemic Studios) for around USD$850M
- They are both filthy rich
If you add all these facts up, this is the picture it paints:
Passion is very important to them and is what drove them to build Bioware from the ground up. EA gave them an offer they couldn’t refuse… lots of cold hard cash and stock for them to fill a swimming pool with and swim around in.
EA, being an arguably evil corporations, has a history of buying game development studios, cutting their budgets and staff, and making them a shell of what they used to be. This is what they did with Richard Garriott’s Origin Systems.
Let’s not forget that Electronic Arts was voted the Worst Company in America by The Consumerist.
So the picture is that EA stripped the passion out of these guys, and they’ve decided they don’t need to do this anymore… you know, because of the swimming pool of money they got.
Bitter sweet, I wish them good luck!