Business, Entertainment

BioWare Founders Retire, Trade Games for Beer

After trading gaming development for journalism, one of my first assignments was visiting the Electronic Computer Trade Show (ECTS) in London, UK. As it happens to be, the very first appointment scheduled on my 20th birthday was meeting two prominent figures (wearing distinctively Canadian-branded clothing). Dr. Greg Zeschuk and Dr. Ray Muzyka discussed Baldur’s Gate II, which according to them was supposed to be one of many RPGs they wanted to make. BioWare had a fascinating roadmap and the company was feeling quite confident.

Early days: Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk12 years and 22 days later, we received news that both Greg and Ray decided to leave BioWare, now a subsidiary of Electronic Arts. Both co-founders published their personal farewells, detailing the departure from the company.

As expected, after almost two decades in the industry, Greg Zeschuk grew tired of the gaming industry. While every game is a fascinating experience from a creators standpoint (you have to create a world), we believe that Zeschuk felt the lack of respect in the industry. He stated:

"After nearly twenty years working at BioWare I’ve decided it’s time to move on and pursue something new. This decision isn’t without significant pain and regret, but it’s also something I know I need to do, for myself and my family. 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."

His next move however, might surprise you. Greg is moving into the world of media, creating a web-based show called "The Beer Diaries", where Greg will – travel to breweries and discuss the products with their creators, crafters etc. From the looks of it, this co-founder might end up on Food Network, even though he did leave room for eventual return into the world of video games.

On the other hand, Dr. Ray Muzyka felt the urge to utilize his vast experience and start investing and teaching new entrepreneurs, focusing on social/impact companies. Dr. Muzyka stated that he "believe strongly in the power of free enterprise to enable sustainable change, so my next ‘chapter’ will likely focus on an entirely new industry, something exciting, different and frankly downright scary ? investing in and mentoring new entrepreneurs, and more specifically, the field of social/impact investing."

We wish them all the best in their future endeavors.