Eidos CEO and Life President Departs After 18 Years

Eidos CEO and Life President Departs After 18 Years


Ian Livingstone helped launch franchises including Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Legacy of Kain and Hitman during his years with the company.

The Square Enix company blog announced today that Ian Livingstone, life president and CEO of Eidos Interactive, is departing the company in order to work more closely on outside projects. Next for Livingstone, according to the blog, is the establishment of The Livingstone Foundation, whose goal is "to open Free Schools and Academies based on the ethos of creativity, collaboration, coding, problem-based learning and using games as a learning tool." He also plans to serve as an adviser and entrepreneur in the social and mobile games field.

Livingstone oversaw the creation of Eidos in 1995, and served as its executive chairman before being named life president. During his tenure with the U.K.-based studio, Livingstone helped launch a number of series and characters still popular today, including a little lady you may know by the name of Lara Croft. Other series released during his time as leader of Eidos include Deus Ex, Thief, Legacy of Kain and Hitman. Eidos was purchased by Square Enix in 2009.

Livingstone's influence on gaming extends beyond the digital, as before joining Eidos he helped create Games Workshop in 1975. This studio was responsible both for bringing Dungeons & Dragons to Europe as well as the creation of the Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 wargame lines.

Source: Square Enix via Polygon


Um... why exactly did he leave?

We only know about the press release. Tomorrow, the guy might even state that he doesn't know he was fired. We'll have to wait, see, and hope for Square Enix not removing all identity from Eidos.

Um... why exactly did he leave?

The guy's sixty three, he could be retiring from the games business to do something else on account of being retirement age and a millionaire.

It sounds like a very undramatic firing if it is one, plus if he can set up a school that's even half decent he'll be doing better than most of the free schools that have popped up.


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