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Epic Games director of worldwide marketing leaves to helm Halo

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Kendall Boyd, Epic Games' director of worldwide marketing, has left the company for Microsoft, where he will oversee marketing for the Halo franchise, GameIndustry.biz reports.

Boyd joined Epic in August 2010 and handled projects including games in the Infinity Blade and Gears of War franchises as well as Unreal Engine. Before joining Epic, Boyd served as senior product marketing manager at Electronic Arts, where he oversaw the EA Sports NCAA Football and EA Sports Arena Football franchises, among others.

Representatives from both companies confirmed Boyd's departure from Epic and his new position as director of Halo global marketing at Microsoft to GamesIndustry.biz.

Boyd's departure from Epic is the latest in a series of high-profile exits from the company. Last August, People Can Fly founders Adrian Chmielarz, Andrzej Poznanski and Michal Kosieradzki departed the company the same month as Gears of War series producer Rod Fergusson. Gears of War design director Cliff Bleszinski left in October 2012. Epic Games' president Mike Capps retired in December.

The exits come in the wake of an investment in Epic Games by Chinese company Tencent, which acquired 48.4 percent of Epic last year.