Carmack leaves id for good

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John Carmack is synonymous with one of the most prolific names in all of videogames; id software. For good reason too; he helped found the company and has been responsible for much of the underlying technology behind its games. He recently joined Oculus maker Rift VR as their head of technology – but remained invested in id. He’s now left them, good and proper.

“John Carmack, who has become interested in focusing on things other than game development at id, has resigned from the studio,” said Tim Willits, studio director at id Software in a statement from publisher Bethesda. “John’s work on id Tech 5 and the technology for the current development work at id is complete, and his departure will not affect any current projects.

“We are fortunate to have a brilliant group of programmers at id who worked with John and will carry on id’s tradition of making great games with cutting-edge technology. As colleagues of John for many years, we wish him well.”

I honestly don’t think Carmack is particularly adept at making games, but he knows technology and understands how to best bend hardware to his will – and more time from him spent on the Rift means it’ll likely become a consumer device earlier.

Interesting though, that he’s hedging his bets on the Rift. Is it he future of gaming?

Last Updated: November 25, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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