Ian Livingstone, one of the UK games industry's leading figures, is stepping down from from his duties at Eidos Interactive, a company he joined in 1995. GamesIndustry International is reporting Livingstone has stepped down but will continue his mentoring with the Ian Livingstone Foundation and the Next Gen Skills campaign.
With Ian on the board, Eidos was responsible for some of the '90s most seminal titles: Tomb Raider, Hitman, Legacy of Kain, and two of my personal favourites, Deus Ex and Thief. When Eidos was purchased by Square Enix in 2005, Livingstone was the only member of the board to remain and was made Eidos president for life in 2009.
Livingstone was also one of the creators of both the Final Fantasy book and Games Workshop, both were featured heavily in my youth. Whilst Livingstone has other projects lined up, I'd be interested to see if Ian ever took on a direct design role again, something he's not had in a long time, not since his days at Games Workshop.
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