According to a leaked email from Telltale Games’ internal mail-list, CEO Kevin Bruner is resigning his position within the company. Bruner cites the rapid growth of Telltale over recent years as the reason for stepping down, with the hope of a new CEO coming on to help “realize all the potential that is here.” For the time being, Bruner will remain on Telltale’s Board of Directors while co-founder Dan Connors inherits the CEO position’s responsibilities for the interim.
Here’s the portion of Bruner’s letter to Telltale Games Staff in which he announces his resignation:
“Today I am writing to let you know that I’ll be stepping away from my position as CEO of Telltale. We’ve grown aggressively since Telltale’s inception, and now Telltale is bigger than I ever dreamed it would be. There are many possible futures for Telltale, and all of them are exciting and uniquely challenging. The time has come to pass the reins to someone that can better drive Telltale to the next level and realize all the potential that is here.”
Bruner will be leaving his position at Telltale mid-way through releasing the third season of The Walking Dead, with plans to release a season of Guardians of the Galaxy later this year. There are also likely numerous projects in various phases of production – Telltale typically has at least a few episodic series going at a time.
Bruner’s departure was later confirmed by Telltale communications guru Job Stauffer, who provided the following prepared statement:
“Kevin has led Telltale over the past couple of years after he stepped into the CEO role for co-founder Dan Connors in 2015. With Kevin departing, Telltale is fortunate to have Dan here to step back seamlessly into the CEO role.”
Prior to taking on the role of CEO at Telltale in 2015, Bruner served as the company’s CTO. Before Telltale, Bruner was a Lead Programmer at LucasArts where he worked on games like Grim Fandango, Monkey Island, and ultimately a Sam & Max sequel that was canceled and led to the formation of Telltale.
Bruner played a key role in the development and growth of adventure games over the past two decades and will hopefully continue to in the future as he steps down as Telltale CEO today.