Mark Rein (software executive)

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Mark Rein
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Mark Rein at the 2012 Develop Conference in Brighton, UK
Nationality Canadian
Employer Epic Games
Known for Vice president and co-founder of Epic Games

Mark Rein is the vice president and co-founder of Epic Games, creators of the Unreal Engine and the Unreal game franchise.[1][2] He is also a co-owner of the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes.[3][4]

Rein is known to often give assessments of the progress of his company and gives a monthly update in the magazine Game Developer where he provides a short update on the state of the Unreal Engine. He resides in Raleigh, North Carolina, though he was raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[5]


Rein first got involved in the video game industry when he got in touch with John Romero, who at that time worked for id Software. Since Rein was a fan of the previous Commander Keen games, Romero got him to playtest the then under development Commander Keen 4. Rein was then brought in to handle the business side of id as its "probationary president". He then negotiated a deal with FormGen to publish a retail Commander Keen game. This business relationship with id lasted until Spear of Destiny (which again, he negotiated as a retail version of Wolfenstein 3D). He was later let go from id during the development of Wolfenstein 3D, after a difference of opinion with the rest of the staff. He was also later joined at Epic by Jay Wilbur, id's ex-business manager, and Rein's involvement in id did mean that he was briefly mentioned in the book Masters of Doom.[6]


  1. ^ Kohler, Chris (5 February 2007). "Interview: Epic's Mark Rein". Wired. Condé Nast. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Stuart, Keith (30 January 2008). "The Mark Rein interview". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Preston, Ken (28 February 2014). "Hurricanes Welcome New Investors. Mark and Tara Rein, Chuck Hammel join Peter Karmanos Jr.'s ownership group". Carolina Hurricanes. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Makuch, Eddie (28 February 2013). "Epic Games co-founder buys stake in NHL team. Mark Rein and wife Tara join new group of investors becoming co-owners of Carolina Hurricanes professional hockey team". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Chidley, Joe (17 February 1997). "Intel Unveils New MMX Pentium Chip". Maclean's. The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  6. ^ David Kushner (6 May 2003). Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture (Hardcover ed.). United States: Random House. p. 352. ISBN 0-375-50524-5. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 

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