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Rob Pardo Leaving Blizzard Entertainment
Originally Posted by Rob Pardo (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Every ending is a beginning and today marks a new beginning for me.

After 17 years at Blizzard, with long and careful contemplation, I have made a difficult and bittersweet but ultimately exciting decision to pursue the next chapter in my life and career.

Before I even joined Blizzard, I was already a huge fan of the company and its games. In particular, I was extremely passionate about the emerging genre of real-time strategy games. It was a dream come true when I was given the opportunity to work on StarCraft, which at the time was being created by a very small team by today’s standards. It was tremendously fulfilling to get to know everyone on the team personally and to contribute our energies toward a shared goal in such a creative and engaging environment.

Blizzard Entertainment has been simply the best place in the world to be a game designer. The best aspect of designing games at Blizzard is that the entire company is passionate about the gameplay within each and every product. From the executive team to customer service to our global offices, every single person is a player and contributes to making the best possible games. It’s for very good reason that the first credit on every Blizzard game is “Game Design by Blizzard Entertainment.”

I’m really proud of the contributions I was able to make to Blizzard’s accomplishments. From building lasting games, to supporting the growth of eSports, to extending the Warcraft world into a feature film, and of course to being able to celebrate our shared passions with the Blizzard community online and at BlizzCon.

The Blizzard community is ultimately the reason why we come to work every day and pour our souls into every world and experience we create. Blizzard’s players are the most passionate in the world and your commitment and dedication are truly awesome to behold. Creating entertainment for you has been an incredible opportunity, and I know that you will continue to grow and become even stronger as a community over the years to come. It has been so meaningful on a personal level to help create joy for all of you.

I’m looking forward to new challenges in my career, but I will always cherish the time I spent with you all and the amazing and collaborative teams at Blizzard. It was both satisfying and humbling, and it made me a better developer and a better person. I look forward to playing Blizzard games as a player for many years to come. Most important, now I have plenty of time to learn how to build a competitive Hearthstone deck.

As to what I will be doing next, I don’t have an answer for you yet . . . but I will “when it’s ready.” My priorities are to enjoy the summer with my family, play plenty of games, and think about what’s next. The game industry is such an exciting place right now with PC gaming thriving, the new consoles, mobile games, and virtual reality becoming an actual reality. It’s like having an empty quest log and going into a new zone for the first time.

In the past, I haven’t been the most avid Twitter user, but I’ll strive to do better and keep you updated there—@Rob_Pardo. Please stay in touch!

Rob
This article was originally published in forum thread: Rob Pardo Leaving Blizzard Entertainment started by chaud View original post
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  1. Bigbazz's Avatar
    Not to be all "doom n gloom" but that's the second core guy to leave Blizzard in just a few months. Shit is going to shit.
  1. Rorcanna's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Infernix View Post
    Oh, so it was all inevitable and not due to stupid mistakes by the game developers. That's a great line.

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    Sure they did. They made a big deal about temporarily hitting 13 million right before the end of Wrath content. Maybe you weren't around for that. And I'm not Jesus Christ. I don't even have a beard.
    Yes, just because you can't face reality and facts, doesn't mean it's not real.

    WoW was NEVER going to stay at 12+ million players. Stop acting like a fool.

    People grow tired, they move on, they grow bored, the game changes in ways that some like and others don't, people trying it out just to follow the hype leave since they're not all that invested into it. Thinking that WoW would still be at 12+ million players after 10 years if they had done things differently is just delusional and the usual "My views make up reality!" way of thinking so often seen in people on the internet. FACT is that nothing with a limited lifespan stays on top once it gets there.
  1. ForestWalker's Avatar
    Having been reading the forum now for a bit in regard to Rob leaving I am a bit sadden to see the focus being less on wish someone good luck and more about personal theories, tinfoil hatting, discussions of bigotry, and a need to try and be right. When a claim is made the person making the claim is given the burden of proof that it is fact and true, so to claim that his leaving is due to the loss of subs requires proof. Merely stating the same statistics without providing new information is futile and merely a stalling tactic. Homophobia is a stupid word because you aren't afraid of gay people, unless you fear them teaching you how to dress to attract women, introducing you to the mass quantities of females they know, or helping you with the inane things you probably don't care about in a bid to make you more appealing to the general public. If the man left under ill terms it isn't likely he would say so, but nothing posted so far screamed "I'm saying this because I'm being forced too." It is possible he was asked to leave and resigned with dignity, or maybe he decided he wanted a new career field. The world of what ifs is a futile place to live because it leads no where. What if a frog had wings? He wouldn't bump his ass when he hopped. I like the game, I enjoy it a lot and the current content doesn't bore me for the moment. I know it is a cycle and when the wheel turns we dive back in till we reach this point again. Blizzard adds, subtracts, divides and reworks to create an experience they hope we like, and when we don't we bid adieu for greener pastures. Some come back, some never do but like many things in life this is the way of it. So if you are unhappy why do you linger? If the game is terrible why are you here? Time invested isn't a good enough reason, but perhaps flame wars, trolling, or merely being negative helps you stay. Whatever it is if you continue to contribute your money to what you do not enjoy or believe in then you are a hypocrite and should be content with that knowledge.
  1. LanceDH's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by thabris View Post
    Why is that when most people say "THIS upcoming expansion is the worst ever, will be the death of WoW" there's no mention of current employee and wanting to replace them, but when an employee retires/leaves/fired it's suddenly NOW the death of WoW?

    What happened to all those people that hated every expansion and was sure WoW was going to die? Wouldn't they be happy someone is getting replaced?
    It's rule 1 of WoW news; When news comes out about WoW, WoW is dead
  1. Infernix's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rorcanna View Post
    Yes, just because you can't face reality and facts, doesn't mean it's not real.

    WoW was NEVER going to stay at 12+ million players. Stop acting like a fool.
    There's no need to get mad and start calling people names, dude. Just because the game has lost half its player base since Wrath ended is no reason to get upset. The developers are just straight up drool-cup retarded and their mistakes caused this. Making excuses for them like 'lol life span' is nice and all, but it doesn't get away from the fact that we didn't start seeing losses until Cata launched and they herped and derped away a couple million subs. It only got worse in MOP and I'm sure that WoD will continue that Retard Train to Fail Town. It's inevitable, considering how terrible this team is.
  1. The Caretaker's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rorcanna View Post
    Yes, just because you can't face reality and facts, doesn't mean it's not real.

    WoW was NEVER going to stay at 12+ million players. Stop acting like a fool.
    While I don't necessarily agree with Infernix' commentary, he's not saying that.

    What he's saying is that the game took a very obvious shift in its core design philosophy going into Cataclysm, and the subscriptions have plummeted since then. Chalking that up purely to the life cycle of a product isn't being particularly fair to the design decisions that were made; they could easily have contributed to this downfall and, in fact, it's extremely likely that they did.
  1. Ayla's Avatar
    Wonder what it means for the wow movie. He was going up to vancouver often, for what I assumed was the wow movie. Sure they're done filming, but id think it still needs input
  1. SourceOfInfection's Avatar
    Every ending is a new beginning, the most cliched start when you are making a bullshit exit speech.
  1. UnifiedDivide's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Infernix View Post
    There's no need to get mad and start calling people names, dude. Just because the game has lost half its player base since Wrath ended is no reason to get upset. The developers are just straight up drool-cup retarded and their mistakes caused this. Making excuses for them like 'lol life span' is nice and all, but it doesn't get away from the fact that we didn't start seeing losses until Cata launched and they herped and derped away a couple million subs. It only got worse in MOP and I'm sure that WoD will continue that Retard Train to Fail Town. It's inevitable, considering how terrible this team is.
    No. The game lost millions much before Cata went live. The only difference is the game was newer and not everyone with a passing interest had tried it so the losses were covered by the overall retention. Now there just aren't millions of people trying to the game to cover up the lost players.
  1. Protar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Vaehatiel View Post
    *Sigh* Gotta be more precise next time, I see. One would expect people to know what I meant, especially when I said that I don't care if I get called a homophobe. I should've mentioned that I meant the homo stuff, else you'll see a bunch of smartasses just waiting for a post exactly like this. Go call me a bigot, see if I care.
    Oh I see. So when you said you didn't care if you were called a homophobe, what you actually meant was that you didn't care that you are a homophobe. Gotcha.
  1. The Caretaker's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by UnifiedDivide View Post
    No. The game lost millions much before Cata went live. The only difference is the game was newer and not everyone with a passing interest had tried it so the losses were covered by the overall retention. Now there just aren't millions of people trying to the game to cover up the lost players.
    A valid enough thing to say, and certainly a contributing factor to the game's decline, but this isn't something we can say for certain. Correlation doesn't necessarily equal causation, we all know that, but it'd be a bit hard-nosed to suggest that the subscription loss is completely independent of design that deliberately marginalized the game's biggest percentage of players, after Wrath's design (with a different team) brought them all in.

    Quote Originally Posted by Protar View Post
    Oh I see. So when you said you didn't care if you were called a homophobe, what you actually meant was that you didn't care that you where a homophobe. Gotcha.
    Come on, Protar, you know better than that. It's not helpful, at all, to try and pigeonhole someone you've never met, and have likely misunderstood, over a paragraph written on a gaming forum.
  1. thabris's Avatar
    To tl;dr my previous post: If you hated cataclysm and MoP, and are sure that WoD is "shit" why aren't you happy some designer got replaced? I'd really like some answers to this.

    If the game is "getting worse because I feel it is", why are you against replacing employees?
  1. Tuok's Avatar
    I'd be deeply disappointed if this had anything to do with the polygon article.

    He took a more than sensible position not to charge his own games with political correctness and pandering. Not everything needs to be a political battlefield. Identity politics needs to be crushed.
  1. Tastyfish's Avatar
    Rob tried to get more alliancecentric content and look what happened....
  1. Infernix's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by UnifiedDivide View Post
    No. The game lost millions much before Cata went live. The only difference is the game was newer and not everyone with a passing interest had tried it so the losses were covered by the overall retention. Now there just aren't millions of people trying to the game to cover up the lost players.
    Nope, I was around for that. We lost our first big chunk of subs in the lead up to Cata's launch and that was blamed on China or something. Once we got into Cata, though, we had steady consistent perpetual sub loss throughout the lifespan of Cata, right up to the end when 4.3 and LFR's launching stabilized the sub-loss for a few months before MOP started and the subs plummeted again.

    Cata and onward has been complete and utter failure in terms of stopping the sub loss, much less drawing back old players and drawing in new players. I mean, literally, the entirety of the game has sucked ass since Wrath ended.
  1. The Caretaker's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by thabris View Post
    To tl;dr my previous post: If you hated cataclysm and MoP, and are sure that WoD is "shit" why aren't you happy some designer got replaced? I'd really like some answers to this.

    If the game is "getting worse because I feel it is", why are you against replacing employees?
    Because Rob Pardo wasn't directly involved with Cataclysm and Mists. The current team took over pretty much going into Cataclysm.
  1. Protar's Avatar
    It would warm my heart to know that Pardo had been fired because of his unacceptable comments but I think we all know that isn't the case. If he was fired it almost certainly had nothing to do with that.
  1. malletin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Furell View Post
    Comparing him to Ghostcrawler tells alot about you I guess :P
    Maybe but my point is that he didn't have a role as lead designer on WoD so it is in my personal belief that him leaving won't have a super huge impact on WoD.
  1. Phookah's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Frozenbeef View Post
    Don't know who that is...seriously how do you people know so much about blizzard employees..do you stalk them or somthing? >.<
    No, they frequent an MMO forum and probably others, AND don't live under a rock.
  1. Protar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Caretaker View Post
    Come on, Protar, you know better than that. It's not helpful, at all, to try and pigeonhole someone you've never met, and have likely misunderstood, over a paragraph written on a gaming forum.
    C'mon, the guy literally just said "I don't want any homo stuff in video games." I can understand if somebody doesn't care either way, I don't expect or ask for everyone to be passionate about every cause. But being actively against the inclusion of minorities is rather inexcusable.

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