Eidos President for Life Ian Livingstone has decided that he doesn't actually want to be at the head of the company anymore. Livingstone has been at Eidos for over twenty years and helped foster some of its biggest franchises including the Tomb Raider series, Thief, Deus Ex, Hitman and Legacy of Kain. Livingstone will spend his days working on The Livingstone Foundation and the Next Gen Skills campaign. He'll also continue to work in the industry on the investment side of things.
"Every industry has pioneers and legends, words which can be used too casually, but not in the case of Ian, who should be an inspiration to everyone making games all over the world," offered Phil Rogers, CEO of Square Enix US and Europe. "Without his creativity and vision, names like Games Workshop, Fighting Fantasy and Tomb Raider might never have been."
"Over and above his gaming success he has worked tirelessly to further the UK video games industry and more recently to promote education and computer literacy. Doing all this whilst devoting a lot of personal time to supporting numerous charities where he now wants to focus even more of his efforts. We thank Ian. They say 'Busy people make time' and I'm hopeful that our and Ian's paths will cross again."