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Respawn co-founder Jason West is the next Epic exclusive

14 April 2019

The news was shared by games industry veteran Geoff Keighley on Twitter, who claims Epic hired West quietly to aid their game development efforts. According to a recent Tweet from Geoff Keighley, Jason West (co-founder of both Infinity Ward and Respawn Entertainment) has been working for Epic for roughly a month now. West previously served as CTO of Infinity Ward before later founding Respawn with Vince Zampella after Activision fired the two.

Epic Games may have something in development.

Jason West has provided a sizeable contribution to the first-person shooter genre.

It's not clear if Jason West is working directly on Fortnite at Epic Games as of now.

West reportedly hasn't worked in the gaming industry since roughly 2013 when he left Respawn to focus on his family. The series introduced a unique mechanic where players could summon giant mechs, while at the same time improving on the traversal mechanics they first developed in the more modern Call of Duty games.

At current Epic Games have offered no announcement regarding hiring West.

Respawn's latest project in the in the Titanfall franchise is the hit battle royale game Apex Legends. However, West also has experience in making massively popular games and that could give Epic Games an advantage.

Respawn co-founder Jason West is the next Epic exclusive