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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. Infernix's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rorcanna View Post
    How is it not doing great then? How many other mmos have 7 million subs?

    Your parents never taught you the concept of subjectivity I see...nor did school.
    Those other games haven't lost 4.5 million subs in the last 4 years.

    You know, if I have a dozen kids and I lose 5 of them at the Nascar rally, the fact that I haven't lost the other 7 doesn't make me the greatest father in the world.
  1. Halym's Avatar
    Only Blizzard could kill itself, and here it is.

    Time to move on.
  1. Raven's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Xilurm View Post
    He wasn't associated with WoW after TBC until WoD.
    And on WoD he´s working as a "normal" designer not as Lead designer.
  1. Queen of Hamsters's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Infernix View Post
    Those other games haven't lost 4.5 million subs in the last 4 years.

    You know, if I have a dozen kids and I lose 5 of them at the Nascar rally, the fact that I haven't lost the other 7 doesn't make me the greatest father in the world.
    You know, everything with a limited lifespan follows the same pattern, right?

    Thinking that WoW would stay at 12 million subs and above still after 10 years is moronic. Anyone with a shred of common sense knew that it wouldn't last, that it would decline. Doesn't mean the game is any less loved by those that still play it nor that it is a failure.

    How many mmos ever REACH the current sub numbers of WoW...? It's 10 years old and still holds massive interest. You and other doomsayers will just have to get over it.
  1. UnifiedDivide's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Infernix View Post
    Those other games haven't lost 4.5 million subs in the last 4 years.
    Mainly because they never hit that many subs in the first place in order to lose them... Jesus Christ.
  1. Infernix's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rorcanna View Post
    You know, everything with a limited lifespan follows the same pattern, right?

    Thinking that WoW would stay at 12 million subs and above still after 10 years is moronic. Anyone with a shred of common sense knew that it wouldn't last, that it would decline. Doesn't mean the game is any less loved by those that still play it.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by UnifiedDivide View Post
    Mainly because they never hit that many subs in the first place in order to lose them... Jesus Christ.
    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.
  1. Raven'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.
    Yes its is inevitable that any game will lose players with time.
  1. tankbug's Avatar
    No need to overdramatize this. People leave jobs even if they are content with their employer, especially when you reach middle age, since your time is limited to experience other jobs/companies before you become so old that you won't get hired anywhere else, even though you have a lot of experience and skill.
  1. fernotao's Avatar
    Blizzard is imploding Slow Updates / Slow Patches / Slow Xpacks we are beginning to see the END OF BLIZZARD
  1. UnifiedDivide's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Infernix View Post
    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.
    >_> I'm talking about other games never hitting 4.5m subs to be able to lose them. We're all well aware of how many subs WoW hit in WoTLK. Funny thing is, Vanilla, TBC, and to a lesser extent, WoTLK lost the most players anyway. So for millions of people, the game was always shit, even then.
  1. Eldrad's Avatar
    If I had to guess he rage quit over spinning fire blossom being removed. Least I would like to think at least someone at Bliz was on my side
  1. sirvincentiii's Avatar
    Doing a little research about him...he was part of the design team on titles I've enjoyed. Funny thing is, all the WoW expansions I cared little of -- he's not part of it. lol

    Says a lot about his creative contributions.

    Good luck Rob.
  1. markdall's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Infernix View Post
    He was straight up fired. He's not leaving for another job.
    Gotta say, saw it happen around where I work and when someone leaves at 17 years vs. 20 or 25, yeah they were either fired or told to leave or be fired and chose to leave. Sad.

    I don't hate any particular person at Blizzard. I don't like that one artist guy who always wears sunglasses much, and I've never seen a picture of anybody from Blizzard smiling where they were legitimately smiling which always goes Uncanny Valley, and I don't like most of their decisions WRT WoD, but outside of all that (LOL) I don't wish any of them ill. I'm sorry for Rob, in fact.
  1. -Zo-'s Avatar
    Not a big expert on Bliz employees, but it doesn't sound like he'd have trouble finding work.

    Like anything, a company evolves, and people change. I don't think there has to be a big scandal or anything. Just time to move on. Could be good for both parties.
  1. thabris's Avatar
    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?
  1. Donald Hellscream's Avatar
    I know alot of you are thinking that this is all a big conspiracy with devs leaving because WoD is shaping up to fail or that blizzard is a sinking ship, I however find it more likely that he may simply have gotten bored and wants a change of pace after having been at blizzard for 17 years ultimately i don't think this will impact WoD just like Ghostcrawler leaving haven't.
  1. McNeil's Avatar
    Leaving the ship while its sinking, just like Ghostcrawler did. I wonder if he goes to Riot aswell, GC seems to really like it.
  1. klebslol's Avatar
    Sad to see one of the best designers in the industry go. End of an era for Blizzard.
  1. WarpKnight's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by malletin View Post
    I know alot of you are thinking that this is all a big conspiracy with devs leaving because WoD is shaping up to fail or that blizzard is a sinking ship, I however find it more likely that he may simply have gotten bored and wants a change of pace after having been at blizzard for 17 years ultimately i don't think this will impact WoD just like Ghostcrawler leaving haven't.
    How dare you threaten our precious doom-mongering with your logic and common sense
  1. mmoc1376ef233f's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by malletin View Post
    I know alot of you are thinking that this is all a big conspiracy with devs leaving because WoD is shaping up to fail or that blizzard is a sinking ship, I however find it more likely that he may simply have gotten bored and wants a change of pace after having been at blizzard for 17 years ultimately i don't think this will impact WoD just like Ghostcrawler leaving haven't.
    Comparing him to Ghostcrawler tells alot about you I guess :P

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