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[ March 20 2014 ]

Karl Stewart has announced he is leaving Square Enix. The Vice President of strategic marketing for Europe and North America took to his blog to thank Square Enix, Crystal Dynamics and Eidos and to outline his future plans.

"A little over 8 years ago I moved to the United States from Europe with my beautiful wife. After nearly 10 years of applying for our US Visa we finally touched down in the beautiful city of San Francisco, and within a month or so of arriving I started work as a graphic designer for UK games company Eidos Interactive on a 6 week contract. My first title was Tomb Raider Legend!

"Flash forward 8 years and I am leaving the only company I have worked for in the US as Vice President of Strategic Marketing for Europe and North America!

"During these 8 years I have had the most unbelievable journey, I've worked with some of the most talented and amazing people in the world and I had the opportunity to be a part of some of the most iconic and beloved franchises in the world of video games. I have worked for Eidos Interactive (SCI), Crystal Dynamic and most recently Square Enix, holding no less than 4 amazing positions, including Creative Director, Marketing Director and Brand Director. During this time I have worked on over 25+ games, and with a dozen or so amazing studios including IO Interactive on Hitman and Kane and Lynch, to Eidos Montreal on Thief and Deus Ex, to Rocksteady on Batman Arkham Asylum.

"But by far, the crowning glory of my time at Square Enix has been working at Crystal Dynamics and being a big part of rebooting the Tomb Raider franchise. The opportunity to be a part of something as special as that game and around so many talented colleagues in Crystal Dynamics is something that I will remember for the rest of my career. A large part of my life went into that reboot and I thoroughly believe that Crystal Dynamics has created one of the most memorable, if not the biggest, reboot in video game history. If you haven't already, download The Final Hours of Tomb Raider on the app store to see just how hard the team worked to make this reboot happen. It really was an amazing journey, one which is only just beginning for the team...

"But the time has come for me to move on, and so, what's next for me. Well, earlier this month I moved my entire family from SF down to LA, and on April 1st (no joke) I start a new position as VP of Brand Development and Strategic Partnerships for Petrol Advertising in Burbank.

"For the last 8 years I have worked with Alan and Ben at Petrol on many different projects, from Batman to Tomb Raider to Thief, and on every occasion they've blown me away with their vision and creativity. So when the conversation started about joining the company which they've both worked extremely hard to develop and grow, there was no doubt in my mind this was the right next step for me, as they both think the same way I do. I'm all about experiences, and this is the new experience I'm looking for right now.

"So with that, today marks the last day for me at Square Enix.

"It has been an unbelievable ride over the last 8 years, and although I've already said this to the entire company on an internal email, I will say it again to anyone who reads this. Square Enix is an amazing company, whether you work for one of its studios or publishing arms, or if you're thinking of joining, this company has given me the opportunity to grow and do what I love to do best, work in creative and ridiculously talented company at the heart of the video game industry. The potential for opportunity and growth at Square Enix is limitless.

"Thank you. K."

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