"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".
- Tim Willits, Studio Director, id Software
"I wanted to remain a technical adviser for Id, but it just didn't work out.
Probably for the best, as the divided focus was challenging."
- John Carmack, @ID_AA_Carmack
ZOWIE GEAR and Anton ‘Cooller’ Singov are entering a partnership that will see Cooller act as a brand ambassador for the Russian market. He will also give valuable feedback to the R&D team so ZOWIE can provide gamers with more choice to gain the competitive edge.
Anton ‘Cooller’ Singov comes from Russia and has been an active Quake player for over twelve years. His multiple achievements, including wins in the World Cyber Games (WCG), Electronic Sports World Cup (ESWC) and ESL’s Intel Extreme Masters (IEM), make him one of the most successful players ever in the FPS genre.
ZOWIE GEAR is always looking for passionate and experienced players to work with. If you look at Cooller's career and achievements his experience speaks for itself and his raw passion for the game is shown in his dedication. After Cooller tried, tested and approved of the ZOWIE GEAR products, a closer cooperation was the next logical step.
“I have been a fan of the Quake series for several years and I have always seen Cooller at the very top, competing for medals in the most coveted gaming tournaments. Cooller is a legendary Quake player with a very unique personality and undeniable passion for competitive gaming. I am proud to see him involved with ZOWIE GEAR and look forward to working closer together while creating new activities together in the Quake scene. ”– Alberto Duarte, Marketing Manager for ZOWIE GEAR
“"Everything is in our hands"
This is one of my favourite quotes that I have lived my life by. I have had a long and successful gaming career that has taught me a lot and I am thankful for these new opportunities that ZOWIE has offered me. The price of victory is very high, there are many factors which could influence your ability, gaming gear is very important to me. I have chosen to work with ZOWIE GEAR because they understand what we as professional gamers need, this enables me to focus on my game. This gives me a confidence boost when playing as I do not need to worry about my gear letting me down.
I can't wait to develop my own products with the ZOWIE team, I already have some ideas that I want to bring to the table. It is also an honor to work alongside other professional gaming legends such as SpawN and Neo who have already made ZOWIE their choice.” – Anton Singov, Quake Legend
Through this cooperation, ZOWIE GEAR will be releasing products with the Cooller stamp of approval. Cooller will be providing valuable feedback for the development of upcoming ZOWIE GEAR products and he will also be acting as a brand ambassador in his own country, Russia.
Even though the Quake scene is not as big as it was before, we understand that Quake players require high quality, reliable gaming gear and only the best will do. We do not focus on the biggest markets, we make products for competitive gamers no matter what game they play, together with Cooller we will meet the demands of the Quake community. In the next few weeks we will be announcing a Quake event to celebrate this new partnership which Cooller will participate in.
ZOWIE GEAR is an innovative manufacturer of competitive gaming gear, founded in late 2008 with a mission to develop the best competitive gaming gear available.
We are not limited by shareholders telling us what we can or cannot do. We are a free-minded company consisting of experienced and creative individuals, united in ZOWIE on a common ground; our passion for gaming. No boundaries. No compromises. Just gaming.
ZOWIE GEAR has no ambition to become the biggest manufacturer of competitive gaming gear. We just want to be the best. If we can develop products that will increase a gamer’s performance by just 1%, we will do it. This is our mentality.
You can contact ZOWIE GEAR about this press release through:
Phone: +351 931 728 142
id Software president Todd Hollenshead has left the company, Bethesda has confirmed to IGN.
"After many years with the studio, Todd Hollenshead decided to leave id Software to pursue other personal interests," Bethesda's Pete Hines told us. "While Todd was not part of the development teams, he was an integral part of id Software’s success as the business head of the studio and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors."
Hollenshead's role at id Software changed from CEO president following ZeniMax's acquisition of the studio in 2009.