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The past year has seen a steady stream of departures from Gears of War and Unreal Engine developer Epic Games. Head of global marketing Kendall Boyd has taken a position with Microsoft as head of marketing for the Halo franchise.
Boyd's exit follows a number of key personnel that have left the studio in recent months. Rod Fergusson left his role as director of production at Epic to help see Bioshock Infinite to completion (and has since announced his departure from Irrational). Cliff Bleszinski, designer of Gears of War, left before the most recent game in that series was complete. Former president Mike Capps first stepped down from that role and then left the board of directors.
In 2012, Chinese internet powerhouse Tencent purchased a minority stake in the company, which was recently revealed to be a $330 million investment amounting to over 48 percent of the company. Epic is currently preparing Unreal Engine 4 for PC and next generation consoles.
[Source: GamesIndustry International]