Todd Howard is a name that would not ring a bell to most people… well, unless you are a hardcore gamer. Howard is one of the most influential figures in the gaming community. A video game designer, producer, and director, he is best known for producing the Fallout and The Elder Scrolls video game series through the Maryland-based developer, Bethesda Game Studios. Not many people in Howard’s line of work are in the limelight, but the game guru’s extraordinary talent has made him stand out from the rest. His games have been featured in top media outlets like the CNN, USA Today, Newsweek and more.
Todd Howard’s Bio
Howard’s love for video games can almost be said to be innate. As a young boy growing up in Lower Macungie Township, Pennsylvania, Todd Howard developed a huge passion for gaming. Some of the games he played at the time included Wizardry and Ultima III: Exodus which would come to have a huge influence on him while he developed his own games.
Being an uber privy fellow, Todd Howard’s birthdate remains an enigma to the media. He is said to have been born either in 1970 or 1971. Howard attended high school at Emmaus High School in Emmaus, Pennsylvania from where he graduated in 1989. As Howard continued to pursue his passion for gaming, he became curious about how the games are developed and sought to become a game developer.
While still in high school, he applied for a job at the video game publisher, Bethesda Softworks which had made some of the games he’d enjoyed, but was rejected. On one occasion, he was asked to return after getting a college degree. Howard enrolled at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia where he obtained a double major in engineering and finance in 1993. Despite the college degree, Howard was again denied at Bethesda but the company finally gave in in 1994.
The first-person shooter game, The Terminator: Future Shock, as well as SkyNET, would be the first of many successful games that Todd would develop for Bethesda. The gamer has earned many accolades for his developing skills, they include; AIAS’s Best Gaming Director Award in 2012, the Germany Lifetime Achievement Award; Lara of Honour in 2014. A number of his games have won the Game of the Year award too.
The details of Todd Howard’s earnings have never come to the media light. However, with the executive position he assumes at Bethesda Game Studios, and the very successful games he keeps developing, Todd is ever smiling to the bank. His net worth has been estimated to fall somewhere between $15 million and $20 million.
Family Life – Wife and Son (Jake Howard)
As would be expected of someone with a job description as Todd Howard’s, the game developer is uber privy which in many ways is a good thing albeit to the frustration of his fans who would love a sneak peek into the real life of the man that develops their favorite video game. On the other hand, not all of those who play his games are actually his fans as can be seen from the constant troll he gets, thus, Howard is better off keeping the details about his family life concealed from the media. He doesn’t operate any social media accounts.
Howard might be a very private man, but there is only so much he can keep away from the media. It is a fact that Howard is a married man, though the date of his marriage is unknown. The name of his wife has been revealed as Randye Howard. Todd is married with kids, however, his child that is most known to the media is his son Jake Howard. Jake Howard is Todd’s youngest child. He gained popularity because of his inclusion in the video game Fallout 3. In the game, Jake Howard played the part of the Lone Wanderer as a baby.
Todd got to speak much about his Jake’s love for gaming in the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) Game Maker’s Notebook podcast in March 2018. He revealed his son’s love for the Zelda. One of the talking points of the interview which drew much attention from the gaming community was when Todd revealed that he conceals details of the release of his future games from his own son. At the time, fans were eager to know when the Elder Scrolls VI was coming out and Todd declined to reveal the details to his son much to his frustration and that of fans of the game who are ever in anticipation of the next series release.