Epic Games’ Chief Creative Officer Donald Mustard Announces Retirement
Epic Games’ Chief Creative Officer and one of the leading forces behind Fortnite’s monumental success, Donald Mustard, has announced his retirement. Mustard confirmed on Twitter earlier today that he will be stepping down later this month. While there doesn’t seem to be any drama surrounding his departure, Mustard expressed his excitement about spending more time with his wife and family and expressed his gratitude towards founder Tim Sweeney and the Epic Games family.
From Chair Entertainment to Epic Games
Donald Mustard founded Chair Entertainment in 2005, which went on to achieve enormous success with the downloadable Metroidvania game Shadow Complex and the mobile-based Infinity Blade trilogy. Eventually, Chair Entertainment was acquired by Epic Games, where Mustard rose through the ranks to become a pivotal figure in Fortnite’s world-changing success.
An Emotional Farewell to the Fortnite Community
In a heartfelt statement, Mustard wrote, “I am humbled to have been a part of the team that every day tries to bring ‘joy and delight’ to the Fortnite community. We love watching you experience every moment – leaping from the Battle Bus for the very first time, seeing the rocket crack open the sky, dancing with friends after a Victory Royale, being sucked into a black hole or being washed out to sea as The Island flipped over – and on and on. I can’t wait to now share in the future of Fortnite as a player alongside all of you!”
Mustard also teased that “huge, jaw-dropping, amazing things” await in the Battle Royale. Although it is expected that he played a significant role in shaping these upcoming features, Mustard didn’t explicitly disclose any specifics. Regardless, his absence will surely be felt in the Fortnite community.
Donald Mustard’s retirement marks the end of an era for Fortnite fans and Epic Games. Mustard’s contributions have been instrumental in the game’s success and growth. While the community eagerly awaits the promised “jaw-dropping” updates, it is undeniable that Mustard’s leadership and creativity will be missed.
As one of the leading figures behind Fortnite’s rise to global fame and one of the most successful gaming franchises of all time, it is safe to say that Donald Mustard has earned more than enough money over the past few years to enjoy a comfortable retirement. His decision to step down and spend more time with his loved ones highlights the importance of work-life balance even in the gaming industry.