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Della Rocca steps down as IGDA head

Executive director now looking for successor before departing March 31 to pursue "exciting personal opportunities"

Jason Della Rocca has announced his decision to step down as executive director of The International Game Developers Association, effective March 31.

Rocca served at IGDA for over eight years and now leaves to pursue "exciting personal opportunities", according to his blog post.

Additionally, Rocca said that after all his time at the organisation there is "fatigue", adding: "Given the maturation and evolution of the IGDA, I'm not sure if I'm actually the 'right guy' anymore."

"While I believe that my particular skills and strengths suited the needs of the IGDA along the way, the org has grown to the point where different styles of leadership should probably be explored," Rocca explained.

"I am humbled and honoured to have been a steward of the IGDA's mission," Rocca added in a statement from the organisation.

"Each day was a race to keep up with the passion and energy of members and volunteers in their drive to advance games. I am forever grateful for the enriching experience, and look forward to assisting the board on a smooth transition."

While Rocca remains in his position he will assist the board of directors in finding a successor, and will stay on after March 31 to aid the transition.

"Jason has tirelessly served the IGDA for nearly 9 years, and we are thankful for all that he has done for the community", said Jen MacLean, IGDA chairperson and senior VP of business development for 38 Studios.

"We wish him the best of luck with his future endeavours and look forward to an exciting year for the IGDA."

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James Lee