Game Developers Association of Australia CEO Tony Reed has stepped down from his role, to spearhead a new office for Epic Games in New Zealand and Australia.

Reed announced his departure at the Game Connect Asia Pacific Conference (GCAP), bringing an end to his nine years with GDAA.

During his speech, Reed stated "Every year at GCAP I take a moment to reflect... This year takes me all the way back to 2009, before I took over the GDAA and I took over GCAP. I said at the time - and I believed this at the time - that I would stay for a maximum of ten years. I believed strongly at the time that every association, every industry body, should have a change of ownership - fresh eyes, and fresh ideas, and new approaches. And the thing is, I was right. So a few weeks ago, I resigned as the chief executive of the GDAA, and this will be my last GCAP as your host."

Reed stated that an "incredible strategic plan" has already been implemented for the GDAA, which it's new leader will bring to fruition.

Details on the purpose of the new office is still under wraps, but Reed promised "a lot of news" for the companies plans in the near future.

The thought of being able to visit a local Epic Games studio has me incredibly excited.