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Mythic Founder Mark Jacobs Bids Adieu To Staff

Mythic Founder Mark Jacobs Bids Adieu To Staff

June 26, 2009 | By Chris Remo

June 26, 2009 | By Chris Remo
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Following Mark Jacobs' official departure from Mythic Entertainment, the studio's co-founder has addressed his former staff in a reflective post on his personal blog.

"To describe these past two months as difficult would be a great understatement as change is almost never easy," he wrote.

The majority of the post is devoted to honoring Mythic employees -- and Jacobs promised there would be more of that to come.

"Whether it was the extra late night and/or weekend efforts or simply the passion so many of you showed for our games, your level of commitment is something I will never forget," he continued. "I will have a lot more to say about this over the next few weeks and I will try, and Iím sure fail, to adequately express my thanks and deepest gratitude to many of the team members."

He also touched on his own role, which was officially defined as CEO for most of the studio's existence and general manager following its acquisition by Electronic Arts, but which included many more impromptu duties.

"I have helped shepherd Mythic through good times and bad, through near bankruptcy and through our many successes," Jacobs said. "During my tenure there my duties have run the gamut from being CEO/GM to doing some of our legal work to acting as lead designer and even using my personal credit cards/credit to pay for the phones we used when we launched DAoC back in 2001."

There were no official reasons given this week as to why Jacobs left Mythic, but the former exec did not rake any muck.

"As always EA has my thanks for their interest in acquiring Mythic and in supporting the development of Warhammer," wrote Jacobs. "Over my 23 years of making games professionally I have refrained from attacking the competition, former and/or current partners, other game developers, etc. except on a few very rare instances. I have no intention of breaking with tradition at the present time."

Jacobs founded Adventures Unlimited Software in 1984; the company merged with Interesting Systems, co-founded by Rob Denton, in 1995 to become Mythic Entertainment. EA bought the company in 2006, and this week announced it would form part of a new RPG and MMO division also including BioWare. Denton will serve as Mythic's new general manager.


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