Crytek announced today that Cevat Yerli, co-founder, CEO, and president of Crytek would be stepping down from the role at the company, with his brothers Avni and Faruk Yerli stepping up as joint CEOs. Cevat Yerli will remain at Crytek as strategic shareholder after stepping down.
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As reported by Eurogamer and announced via the official site, this change appears to be effective immediately, although there aren't any immediate announcements regarding a change of direction, as it mentions that existing projects will continue to move ahead as normal.
Crytek have had a bumpy ride in the past, and even in just the last year, they've been open about the crisis that resulted in Hunt: Showdown only just being released in Early Access, despite its technical predecessor Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age being shown off at E3 almost four years ago, and are currently wrapped up in a legal battle with Cloud Imperium Games over their use of CryEngine in Squadron 42.
Alongside the announcement that he would be stepping down as CEO and president, Yerli added comment on Crytek's future. "With the company in a strong position, now is the ideal time to recognize the existing leadership’s excellent achievements over these past two years and formally transition executive leadership to Avni and Faruk. I have been honored to serve as CEO of the company I founded with my brothers almost 20 years ago and have seen the team accomplish breakthrough things in that time. I look forward to continue helping Crytek as a major shareholder, and I am very excited to see what tomorrow brings. I have every confidence that the company will continue to shine under the guidance of Avni, Faruk, and the rest of the leadership team."