Staying wild: Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney bought the Box Creek tract and registered it with North Carolina’s Natural Heritage Program — which could lead to making the 3,300-acre property a permanent nature reserve. photos by Lloyd Raleigh, Unique Places
Better late than never. Heroes are hard to find. It is a very precious wildness. It is an extremely rare ecosystem.
July 3, 2012
By Susan Andrew
Every so often, (click here) wilderness gets a break. Consider the case of the Box Creek Wilderness, a 3,300-acre forest tract straddling the Rutherford/McDowell county line just east of Asheville.
Once slated to become a high-end residential development, the property was acquired late last year by a conservation-minded owner after the developer went bust. Local conservationists watched with bated breath as , the founder and CEO of Epic Games, took title to the parcel.
And on June 7, North Carolina's secretary of environment and natural resources signed an agreement with Sweeney allowing the property to be registered with the state’s Natural Heritage Program. Housed within the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the agency administers a registry of significant natural areas....
That is what a real hero looks like.
March 22, 2013
By Brandon Sheffield
Sometimes we reach greatness (click here) by standing on the shoulders of giants -- and anyone who has ever made a game with the Unreal Engine knows that Tim Sweeney is just such a behemoth. He wrote a quarter-million lines of code in the original Unreal Engine, and though he's founder and CTO of Epic Games, he still actively codes every day.
It's a curious exercise to think about where the industry would be today if not for the Tim Sweeneys and John Carmacks of the world. Luckily, we work in an industry where most of our legends are living, working, and still pushing us forward. Many of them are shuttered away from the world, either working diligently on their next project, or shielded from the press by concerned public relations staff....