Brave Leader Hodapp is leaving the site. Eli, as the point man for Touch Arcade, got a lot of grief in these forums and in article comments. I like to think that most of that was driven by how important TA has been to many of us who have been long-time iOS gamers. And I think that the importance TA held was built from the quality and focus and integrity that TA delivered. When we had issues, it was because we wanted THIS site to be the best. A lot of us have long felt that our loyalty was well-earned. 10 years is a LONG TIME in the tech world. Especially when you begin with something as nascent as ye olde iPod touch, and eventually a concept called a “smart phone.” Eli has seen some major expansion and transformation of what was once a minor tech accessory in that time. The integrity of this site has always been built on putting the gamers’ experiences first. This isn’t the case with every site. A tight focus — as on gaming here, and the passion for indie gaming especially — can serve as a limiter for financial growth, or even survival. But it’s what I have valued about TA. For a lot of Eli’s time at TA it has seemed like the ship was being piloted against the currents. Some of that was Apple’s vague and often fickle priorities for the AppStore. Some was merely the trends driven by the growing profitability of mobile gaming. Some was from various storms kicked up by users of the site itself, and the various (and vigorous) passions among the TA community. But I feel that Eli has held the ship fairly true during his time at the helm. For all that TA has been, then, I feel some appreciation is due to Eli Hodapp. So my thanks to you, Eli. And my best wishes in whatever lies ahead for you personally. Of course I hope for the best for TA, as well. I hope others might have a place to voice their feelings on Eli’s departure in this thread.