Seth Killian says "goodbye" to Capcom
11 months ago • 1 Comment
In a year where we’ve seen some icons in our industry bid farewell (some amicable, some not so much) to move on to new adventures, I’m sad to say that today another has joined said ranks.
After a longtime love affair with Street Fighter and six years at Capcom, Killian says “goodbye” in a poignant and heartfelt post on his “s-kill” blog; saying that as of this Friday, June 22nd, he will no longer be Community Manager for Capcom.
If you’ve ever had any question what it takes to be a TRUE CM in this business, all you need to do is look read Killian’s post.
Here’s an excerpt:
My brother Pete introduced me to Street Fighter II in 1991, and it was love at first sight. Even at the height of my early fan fever dreams, however, I could never have guessed that this game would take me around the world. From my first fumblings with the fireball, to battling for local arcade supremacy, and even on to competing in Japan, I still never let myself imagine I could someday meet, much less work alongside the people responsible for these games. To think back on the fact that it’s been my real life for these years is hard for me to believe, even now.”
“Lured by news of a new project that would eventually become Street Fighter IV, I gave up a happy little life to join Capcom in 2006 with the naive hope of playing some part—any part—in waking up the world to remember something I have known in my blood since the SF2 era: fighting games are amazing. At the time I came on, fighters were few and far between, and Street Fighter had been asleep for a long time. Through the combination of some great games and an incredible community, I’m happy to think that we’ve hit that early target—fighting games are strong again—perhaps stronger than they’ve ever been before.”
Killian is fairly mum about why he is leaving but assures everyone that his love for Capcom will never waiver:
“I have chosen a new path which will let me embrace a new dream, but to everyone that ever believed in this dream we shared together, let me say this final thanks. I will leave as I began—a Capcom fan for life, looking forward to all the great games still to come.”
Seth will ALWAYS have a place in my heart as well as he was my very FIRST E3 interview 3 years ago (MvC2) and has been as kind to me now as he was then. It will be hard NOT to forever associate him with Capcom but I also understand that there are times where people just feel the need to move on to a new adventure.
I know wherever he plants his flag next will be an amazing place to be as well.
NOTE: To read Seth’s goodbye letter in full, click here.