UK GAMING PIONEER Ian Livingstone will leave Eidos Square Enix and pursue a benevolent retirement.
The thirty plus year gaming veteran is the chap behind games like Tomb Raider, Thief, Deus Ex and Legacy of Kain.
Square Enix wished him luck. "We're not saying a full goodbye as we're hopeful we will get to work with Ian on some future projects," it said in a statement.
"But all of us at Square Enix do want to take this opportunity to publicly thank Ian for his unparalleled tenure and contribution to this business and the UK games industry. And we wish him every success with his future projects and new ventures."
Livingstone planted his boots in the UK gaming market in 1975 when he opened the first beards, books, and dice high street shop, Games Workshop.
Since then his output has had the sort of appeal that gets people to stick "Do not disturb" signs on their doors.
Seven years later he was authoring decide and turn books in the Fighting Fantasy series, and by the mid-1990s he had Eidos set up and pumping out games featuring the pneumatic Lara Croft.
Now that he is retiring he will continue the good work he does by supporting UK skills campaigns and by launching his own Livingstone Foundation to open Free Schools and Academies.
Livingstone is already credited with compelling the UK Secretary of State for Education to introduce computing into the national school curriculum. He sits on the boards at a number of outfits and chairs Playmob, Skillset's Video Games Council and the Next Gen Skills Committee. µ
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