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Epic Games Has Reportedly Hired Infinity Ward Co-Founder Jason West

14 April 2019

Geoff Keighley has tweeted out some industry news.

Today it was revealed that Jason West, the co-founder of Infinity Ward and Respawn Entertainment, has been hired by Epic Games.

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Epic Games has been flexing its financial muscle fueled by the wildly successful Fortnite battle royale game.

After leaving Infinity Ward, Jason West and Vince Zampella both co-founded Respawn Entertainment, the studio behind Titanfall, Apex Legends, and more.

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It seems Epic Games could have landed a rather big new name recently if a new report is to be believed. Keighley stated that West was "quietly" hired by Epic Games, and that he had been working from their office for "about a month".

West reportedly hasn't worked in the gaming industry since roughly 2013 when he left Respawn to focus on his family.

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Jason West has provided a sizeable contribution to the first-person shooter genre. It also created the popular Gears of War franchise and the Unreal Tournament series. Epic Games' Fortnite has more than 200 million players on PC, consoles, and mobile devices, and in 2018, it made $2.4 billion from sales of cosmetics and its battle pass. However, there has been no confirmation from Epic Games regarding what kind of work West has been, and will be, doing for them.

Epic Games Has Reportedly Hired Infinity Ward Co-Founder Jason West