In a surprising turn of events, Sergiy Galyonkin, the renowned director of publishing strategy at Epic Games and the mind behind the Steam analytics website Steam Spy, has announced his departure from the gaming giant after nearly eight years of service. Galyonkin cited that he is "not a good fit" for the "new version of Epic," marking the end of an era in his storied career in the gaming industry.
Sergiy Galyonkin's journey in the gaming world spans more than two decades, but it was his groundbreaking project, Steam Spy, launched in 2015, that brought him widespread recognition. Even after joining Epic Games as the Eastern European head of publishing in 2016, Galyonkin continued to oversee Steam Spy's operations. A year later, he assumed the role of director of publishing strategy at Epic Games, focusing primarily on Epic's store, and held this position until his recent departure.
In a heartfelt statement posted on Twitter, Galyonkin bid farewell to Epic Games, expressing his gratitude to his former colleagues and Tim Sweeney for the opportunity to contribute to Epic Games' growth during his tenure. He acknowledged the excitement and the challenges faced during these eight years.
Galyonkin hinted at the transformation Epic Games is currently undergoing, describing it as a shift from a game developer, engine creator, and publisher into a platform, aptly named "Epic 5.0." He candidly admitted, "I am not a good fit for this new version of Epic; it requires people of a different kind." While Galyonkin did not explicitly state the reasons behind his departure, it remains to be seen if it's connected to the recent layoffs at Epic Games, which affected approximately 830 employees.
Despite parting ways with Epic Games, Galyonkin remains committed to the gaming industry. He expressed his intention to be more vocal now that he won't be constrained by the PR department, stating his plans to stay engaged in the gaming world.
In closing, Sergiy Galyonkin extended his gratitude to everyone he collaborated with during his time at Epic Games. He described it as an incredible journey that he will always cherish. His departure marks the end of an era at Epic Games, leaving the gaming community with anticipation for both his future endeavors and the unfolding developments at Epic 5.0.
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