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Tim Willits is the creative director and former co-owner of id Software.

Early Life

Willits is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and a former member of the University of Minnesota Army ROTC program. Willits was the battalion cadet-command sergeant major (C/CSM) during his junior year and attended ROTC Advanced Camp at Fort Lewis, Washington during the summer between his junior and senior years of college. After an injury during the summer, Willits completed two rotations, being assigned to both the first and seventh cadet regiments during that summer. He held the rank of cadet-major (C/MAJ) during his senior year and was assigned as the battalion training officer.


Willits worked with Rogue Entertainment on Strife from March to December, 1995.[1]

Tim Willits joined id Software in the same year after impressing the owners and development team with his Empire and Raven Series of Doom PWADs that he forged in his spare time and distributed free over the Internet. Willits has also worked on Strife , Quake, Quake II, Quake III Arena, and Quake III: Team Arena.

Willts was lead designer on Doom 3 and the executive producer on Quake 4. He was also the creative director on Rage and Quake Live. He is currently working on Quake Champions.[2]

Quake Levels


  • His favorite game of all time is Quake III Arena.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Game Informer #108: Quaking the Foundations
  2. Quake Champions Tim Willits interview – ‘People are afraid of Quake, which is kind of awesome’