Nathan Vella, the co-founder, CEO, and president of the Toronto-based development studio Capy Games, is stepping down. He announced his departure via Twitter today after over fourteen years at the company.
Best wishes to Nathan Vella
Today, Nathan Vella announced that he is leaving his Canadian video game development studio Capy Games. On his Twitter, he announced:
Time for some big personal news. Today is my last day at CAPY, the truly wonderful studio I helped start 14+ years ago. I’m so proud of what this team has accomplished & I’ve been so damn lucky to work alongside some of the best, most talented, most caring humans in game dev.
— Nathan Vella (@Capy_Nathan) September 26, 2019
In further tweets, he opens up about his feelings about leaving Capy Games. Vella is optimistic that Capy Games’ best work is yet to come, even if he is sad that we won’t be able to be with them. “As for me,” he adds, “my family and I are prepping for a big move after 20+ years in Toronto. I’ve already got something super cool lined up (in games of course), and even though its tough to say goodbye to my Capy fam, I’m extremely excited about what’s next.”
Vella co-founded Capy Games along with other Toronto members of the International Game Developers Association. During his time there, he’s taken up a variety of roles, including art director. He became the president of Capy Games in 2009. That was the same year the studio released the critically acclaimed Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes for the Nintendo DS (and is also available on Steam). During his time as president, Vella helmed the creation of a variety of games. Some of them include Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP, Super Time Force Ultra, and Below. Capy Games has also collaborated with other studios to create other games such as Klei’s Don’t Starve: Shipwrecked, Cartoon Network’s OK K.O! Let’s Play Heroes, and Queasy Game’s Sound Shapes.
If you’re looking for other games by Capy Games, you can take a look at the Apple Arcade launch title Grindstone which recently released.
What do you think Vella will work on next? What is your opinion of Capy Games? Let us know in the comments below!