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Former Epic Games president Mike Capps leaves his advisory role at developer

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Mike Capps, former president of Gears of War and Unreal Engine developer Epic Games, says he's no longer affiliated with the company and has left his post-retirement advisory role.

Capps retired from Epic Games in December 2012 after ten years with the developer, saying that he would continue on as a member of Epic's board of directors. Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic, said Capps would continue to "advise on the development of our games."

"When we announced that I wanted to transition out of my leadership role at Epic, the plan was for a continued but less active role, service on the board of directors, and ideally, being that eccentric semi-retired guy who still comes to playtests and gold parties," Capps wrote in a Facebook update today. "I'm sad to say that plans have changed, and as of February 11th, I'm no longer affiliated with Epic Games."

"So what's next for me?" he wrote. "Games have been so good to me, and I'm delighted to have the time to give back."

Capps says he'll remain a member of several game industry boards and serves "as an advocate for our art in Washington." He adds he's considering seats on "a few company and advisory boards, as well as options for teaching at one of the world-class universities in the North Carolina Triangle area.

"And mostly, I'm focused on being a new dad in a few short weeks."

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