One of the founding Fathers of the British video games industry, Ian Livingstone, has resigned from his post as President of Square Enix in order to dedicate his time to projects he is working on outside of the company.
As a prominent board member of one of Britain's foremost video games studios, Livingstone oversaw the formation of Eidos, one of the country's most successful video game publishers that created such classics as Tomb Raider, Hitman, Deus Ex and Thief - titles which were all overseen by Livingstone himself.
The studio was acquired by Square Enix in 2009, whereupon Livingstone was bestowed the prestigious title of “Life President of Eidos” which stands alongside his other extensive accolades, including a BAFTA, two honourary PhD’s, an OBE and a CBE.
Announcing his departure, the Square Enix blog also celebrated the other diverse highlights of Livingstone’s career, including co-founding Games Workshop, launching one of the world’s most successful Role-playing games, Dungeons and Dragons, and co-writing the Fighting Fantasy books with Steve Jackson whose first instalment, The Warlock of Firetop, sold 17 million copies.
The games industry veteran has also been a stalwart supporter of young people trying to forge skills in game development, working on the government's Next Gen Skills campaign to overhaul the current ICT syllabus in classrooms. His efforts in cultivating a sustainable game development and publishing ecosystem in the UK have also been vital, and his departure from the company marks a new phase in his plans to focus his efforts on his own charity, The Livingstone Foundation, and the Next Gen Skills campaign.
“We’re not saying a full goodbye,” remarked the Square Enix blog as it drew to a close, “as we’re hopeful we will get to work with Ian on some future projects. But all of us at Square Enix do want to take this opportunity to publicly thank Ian for his unparalleled tenure and contribution to this business and the UK games industry. And we wish him every success with his future projects and new ventures.”
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