The International Game Developers Association said Bob Bates is stepping down as co-chair of the game developers' trade body in order to pursue an unnamed "dream project." He was on the board for six years.
During his time on the IGDA board, Bates was "chair of several committees, secretary, vice chairman and chairman (2005 & 2009)." Bates became chair of IGDA in March this year. Taking his place is co-chair Tobi Saulnier, who took on the position earlier this month.
An IGDA statement said the organization grew from 5,000 members to over 13,000 during Bates' time with the group. He also oversaw the transition to a new executive director, when Jason Della Rocca resigned, and was replaced by Joshua Caulfield.
"There are only a few times in life when the opportunity arises to work on oneís dream project," said Bates. "Such an opportunity is before me now, and pursuing it will mean I cannot give the IGDA the level of attention I feel is required of a board member or chair. It has been an honor to serve the organization..."
He continued, "I have been planning on pursuing this project for some time now, but wanted to ensure that the right team was in place to take the association to the next level." Bates expressed confidence in the leadership of Saulnier and Caulfield.
Bates did not give any insight into his "dream project." Saulnier called Bates a "great leader," while Caulfield called him a "fantastic mentor."
[UPDATE: The IGDA announced on Monday another significant change to its board with the resignation of Dr. Tim Langdell, who was on the board since March 2009.
Langdell, founder of Edge Games, left the IGDA amidst controversy involving trademark disputes against another game developer whom he alleged infringed on his trademark, "Edge."
Langdell's seat is effectively up for election in early 2010, the IGDA said. The trade body was scheduled to have a special meeting regarding Langdell's membership, but that October meeting is now canceled.]