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CEO and studio director of Owlchemy Labs to co-found new venture

Job Simulator creators to take some time off before beginning new, unknown project

Two prominent members of the studio behind Job Simulator and Vacation Simulator will soon take a real vacation before beginning a new job.

Owlchemy Labs co-founder and CEO Alex Schwartz will be leaving the company with studio director Cy Wise to pursue a new, unknown project.

In a Medium post, Schwartz reflected on his eight years with Owlchemy Labs and its journey from garage-based start-up to its 2017 acquisition by Google and various VR accomplishments along the way.

"For me, creating a company that was building innovative products while sustaining itself over the long term was always the goal," Schwartz said. "Taking a leap to try to make something out of nothing engages me, inspires me, and invigorates me, occasionally to the point that it takes over my life, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

"Much like the leaps I took to get Owlchemy off the ground, I'm returning to this area of uncertainty and uncharted grounds to build something new."

Current CTO Devin Reimer will replace Schwartz in the role of CEO at Owlchemy Labs, project manager Andrew Eiche will fill the role of CTO, and digital media strategist Autumn Taylor will move into the role of studio director.

Both Schwartz and Wise will take some time off before beginning work on their new project. Neither have provided details as to what the venture they are co-founding will entail, or if it will involve game development or VR at all.

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