id Software co-founder John Carmack has left the company he helped build for over two decades. Tim Willits, studio director at id Software, released the following statement to IGN and Polygon:

John Carmack, who has become interested in focusing on things other than game development at id, has resigned from the studio. John’s work on id Tech 5 and the technology for the current development work at id is complete, and his departure will not affect any current projects. We are fortunate to have a brilliant group of programmers at id who worked with John and will carry on id’s tradition of making great games with cutting-edge technology. As colleagues of John for many years, we wish him well.

The man himself tweeted his own statement:

Carmack is widely known in the gaming community as the lead programmer for the video games Commander Keen, Doom, Rage, Quake, Wolfenstein 3D, as well as their sequels. Virtual reality company Oculus VR is probably thrilled he’s staying on as CTO, a role he took on in August.

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