John Carmack, co-founder and technical director at id Software, has left the company to focus his full-time attention on his role as chief technical officer at Oculus VR.
Here’s the official statement from Tim Willits, studio director at id Software:
“John Carmack, who has become interested in focusing on things other than game development at id, has resigned from the studio.”
“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.”
Carmack, recently joined Oculus as CTO, but remained at id Software in some capacity (until now):
“John has long been interested in the work at Oculus VR and wishes to spend time on that project,” Pete Hines, vice president of PR and marketing at Bethesda Softworks said at the time. “The technical leadership he provides for games in development at id Software is unaffected.”
“Happy to say [John Carmack] is not leaving id & will continue to provide leadership for our games in development”.