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  1. #221
    First, yes, this is really Paul Sams, former COO of Blizzard. I am posting to clarify that I have immense loyalty to Blizzard, and it pains me to see my name associated with posts criticizing the company. I would never leave Blizzard unless I fully was confident the company was healthy and well poised for continued success. I have had the privilege of working at Blizzard for nearly 20 years, and Blizzard has given me everything I have in life and taught me everything I know about the video game industry. I even met my wife at Blizzard. Last year, we made the family decision to return to my wife's home state of Texas. It's as simple as that. I want to watch my boys play football, be near my daughter who attends University of Texas and enjoy the great city of Austin. Not only that, I want to be able to support the Denius-Sams Gaming Academy at UT more as well. My opportunity to work with my friends at Ready at Dawn is fortuitous and allows me to continue my work in the industry I love while living in the place I love with the people I love. Not many people get an opportunity to enjoy that trifecta in life. I feel blessed and am fully aware that Blizzard paved this road. The fact that I am proud and excited to now work at Ready at Dawn in no way diminishes my love and respect for my friends and colleagues at Blizzard.

  2. #222
    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Sams View Post
    First, yes, this is really Paul Sams, former COO of Blizzard. I am posting to clarify that I have immense loyalty to Blizzard, and it pains me to see my name associated with posts criticizing the company. I would never leave Blizzard unless I fully was confident the company was healthy and well poised for continued success. I have had the privilege of working at Blizzard for nearly 20 years, and Blizzard has given me everything I have in life and taught me everything I know about the video game industry. I even met my wife at Blizzard. Last year, we made the family decision to return to my wife's home state of Texas. It's as simple as that. I want to watch my boys play football, be near my daughter who attends University of Texas and enjoy the great city of Austin. Not only that, I want to be able to support the Denius-Sams Gaming Academy at UT more as well. My opportunity to work with my friends at Ready at Dawn is fortuitous and allows me to continue my work in the industry I love while living in the place I love with the people I love. Not many people get an opportunity to enjoy that trifecta in life. I feel blessed and am fully aware that Blizzard paved this road. The fact that I am proud and excited to now work at Ready at Dawn in no way diminishes my love and respect for my friends and colleagues at Blizzard.
    Well said, and good luck to you and your family.

  3. #223
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Sams View Post
    First, yes, this is really Paul Sams, former COO of Blizzard. I am posting to clarify that I have immense loyalty to Blizzard, and it pains me to see my name associated with posts criticizing the company. I would never leave Blizzard unless I fully was confident the company was healthy and well poised for continued success. I have had the privilege of working at Blizzard for nearly 20 years, and Blizzard has given me everything I have in life and taught me everything I know about the video game industry. I even met my wife at Blizzard. Last year, we made the family decision to return to my wife's home state of Texas. It's as simple as that. I want to watch my boys play football, be near my daughter who attends University of Texas and enjoy the great city of Austin. Not only that, I want to be able to support the Denius-Sams Gaming Academy at UT more as well. My opportunity to work with my friends at Ready at Dawn is fortuitous and allows me to continue my work in the industry I love while living in the place I love with the people I love. Not many people get an opportunity to enjoy that trifecta in life. I feel blessed and am fully aware that Blizzard paved this road. The fact that I am proud and excited to now work at Ready at Dawn in no way diminishes my love and respect for my friends and colleagues at Blizzard.
    Good luck with you and your family, through i need said it.

    Current Blizzard is not the same, i remember. Back 20 years, when Starcraft and Warcraft 2 was released. In my personal opinion, all is started to ruin, when Activision Blizzard is formed. Yes i don't like Bobby Kottick, because he is too greedy for $$$.
    If you are Activision fan boy. Please don't talk to me.

  4. #224
    Not sure if real Paul Sams or troll.

  5. #225
    I almost believed you until you said Austin was a great city!

    I kid, Austin is pretty great, not to be confused with Houston. Wish you all the best, and I'm glad to see that you'll bring some real all-star talent to Ready At Dawn. The Order was a frankly very interesting universe, regardless of how the game itself ended up being received, and they deserve to get the chance to explore it further.

    I also do hope that that's a real account, but hey. I try to stay positive. Wonder if there's any way for a supermod to check authenticity...

  6. #226
    Quote Originally Posted by DesoPL View Post
    Good luck with you and your family, through i need said it.

    Current Blizzard is not the same, i remember. Back 20 years, when Starcraft and Warcraft 2 was released.
    Companies have to evolve, in order to be successful. Genres change, customer bases change, customer needs/wants change, etc.

  7. #227
    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Sams View Post
    First, yes, this is really Paul Sams, former COO of Blizzard. I am posting to clarify that I have immense loyalty to Blizzard, and it pains me to see my name associated with posts criticizing the company. I would never leave Blizzard unless I fully was confident the company was healthy and well poised for continued success. I have had the privilege of working at Blizzard for nearly 20 years, and Blizzard has given me everything I have in life and taught me everything I know about the video game industry. I even met my wife at Blizzard. Last year, we made the family decision to return to my wife's home state of Texas. It's as simple as that. I want to watch my boys play football, be near my daughter who attends University of Texas and enjoy the great city of Austin. Not only that, I want to be able to support the Denius-Sams Gaming Academy at UT more as well. My opportunity to work with my friends at Ready at Dawn is fortuitous and allows me to continue my work in the industry I love while living in the place I love with the people I love. Not many people get an opportunity to enjoy that trifecta in life. I feel blessed and am fully aware that Blizzard paved this road. The fact that I am proud and excited to now work at Ready at Dawn in no way diminishes my love and respect for my friends and colleagues at Blizzard.
    Congratulations on your new role and it sounds great that you're going to be closer to your daughter
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  8. #228
    Quote Originally Posted by Herecius View Post
    I also do hope that that's a real account, but hey. I try to stay positive. Wonder if there's any way for a supermod to check authenticity...
    Last time Ghostcrawler posted, someone asked him on Twitter and he confirmed it was him.

  9. #229
    Quote Originally Posted by DesoPL View Post
    Current Blizzard is not the same, i remember. Back 20 years, when Starcraft and Warcraft 2 was released. In my personal opinion, all is started to ruin, when Activision Blizzard is formed. Yes i don't like Bobby Kottick, because he is too greedy for $$$.
    I remember it back when it was Silicon & Synapse, and Warcraft hadn't been invented yet. They made a game called Lost Vikings which to this day is one of my all-time favourites.

    It's definitely changed, you don't last over 20 years in this industry without changing. But I'm still playing Blizzard games and still having heaps of fun.

    In fact today when I get home from work I'm going to do my WoW garrisons, play around a bit then hop over to Hearthstone and HoTS. Maybe if I get time I'll get back to levelling my Crusader in D3. All the while shaking my fist at the monitor for how long the last chapter of SC2 is taking and wondering if I'll like Overwatch. I play more Blizzard games now than ever...
    Quote Originally Posted by Tojara View Post
    Look Batman really isn't an accurate source by any means
    Quote Originally Posted by Hooked View Post
    It is a fact, not just something I made up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herecius View Post
    I almost believed you until you said Austin was a great city!

    I kid, Austin is pretty great, not to be confused with Houston. Wish you all the best, and I'm glad to see that you'll bring some real all-star talent to Ready At Dawn. The Order was a frankly very interesting universe, regardless of how the game itself ended up being received, and they deserve to get the chance to explore it further.

    I also do hope that that's a real account, but hey. I try to stay positive. Wonder if there's any way for a supermod to check authenticity...
    I'm sure there is; Zarhym got authenticated when he posted here a couple times.
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  11. #231
    Quote Originally Posted by Jester Joe View Post
    Last time Ghostcrawler posted, someone asked him on Twitter and he confirmed it was him.
    Good call, I just dropped Sams' twitter a tweet to check, will update with reply.

  12. #232
    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Sams View Post
    First, yes, this is really Paul Sams, former COO of Blizzard. I am posting to clarify that I have immense loyalty to Blizzard, and it pains me to see my name associated with posts criticizing the company. I would never leave Blizzard unless I fully was confident the company was healthy and well poised for continued success. I have had the privilege of working at Blizzard for nearly 20 years, and Blizzard has given me everything I have in life and taught me everything I know about the video game industry. I even met my wife at Blizzard. Last year, we made the family decision to return to my wife's home state of Texas. It's as simple as that. I want to watch my boys play football, be near my daughter who attends University of Texas and enjoy the great city of Austin. Not only that, I want to be able to support the Denius-Sams Gaming Academy at UT more as well. My opportunity to work with my friends at Ready at Dawn is fortuitous and allows me to continue my work in the industry I love while living in the place I love with the people I love. Not many people get an opportunity to enjoy that trifecta in life. I feel blessed and am fully aware that Blizzard paved this road. The fact that I am proud and excited to now work at Ready at Dawn in no way diminishes my love and respect for my friends and colleagues at Blizzard.
    It sounds like a seriously awesome opportunity. I wish you much luck and happiness in your future endeavors.

    Karma always has the last laugh.

  13. #233
    https://twitter.com/PaulWSams/status/608135493637820416
    Paul Sams ‏@PaulWSams 1m1 minute ago Austin, TX

    Yes, it was actually me who posted to the http://Battle.net forums and to MMO-Champion tonight.
    Nice to confirm things; troll accounts aren't exactly uncommon.

  14. #234
    Go to Twitter to confirm it was really me. I just posted confirmation that I posted here on MMO-Champion and on the Battle.net forums tonight.

  15. #235
    He moved up. Good for him.

  16. #236
    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Sams View Post
    First, yes, this is really Paul Sams, former COO of Blizzard. I am posting to clarify that I have immense loyalty to Blizzard, and it pains me to see my name associated with posts criticizing the company. I would never leave Blizzard unless I fully was confident the company was healthy and well poised for continued success. I have had the privilege of working at Blizzard for nearly 20 years, and Blizzard has given me everything I have in life and taught me everything I know about the video game industry. I even met my wife at Blizzard. Last year, we made the family decision to return to my wife's home state of Texas. It's as simple as that. I want to watch my boys play football, be near my daughter who attends University of Texas and enjoy the great city of Austin. Not only that, I want to be able to support the Denius-Sams Gaming Academy at UT more as well. My opportunity to work with my friends at Ready at Dawn is fortuitous and allows me to continue my work in the industry I love while living in the place I love with the people I love. Not many people get an opportunity to enjoy that trifecta in life. I feel blessed and am fully aware that Blizzard paved this road. The fact that I am proud and excited to now work at Ready at Dawn in no way diminishes my love and respect for my friends and colleagues at Blizzard.
    Good luck, Paul.

    And yet - people don't leave companies whose direction they are 100% happy with.

    We get that you can't publicly acknowledge this.

  17. #237
    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Sams View Post
    Go to Twitter to confirm it was really me. I just posted confirmation that I posted here on MMO-Champion and on the Battle.net forums tonight.
    Well, congratulations then! Hope everything goes as smoothly as it sounds it is!

    Quote Originally Posted by Toro S View Post
    Good luck, Paul.

    And yet - people don't leave companies whose direction they are 100% happy with.

    We get that you can't publicly acknowledge this.
    They do if their significant other really wants something

    Quote Originally Posted by Herecius View Post
    https://twitter.com/PaulWSams/status/608135493637820416


    Nice to confirm things; troll accounts aren't exactly uncommon.
    Yep, and most people would rather not have someone else claiming it's them, so either way asking is always good.

  18. #238
    Quote Originally Posted by Toro S View Post

    And yet - people don't leave companies whose direction they are 100% happy with.
    Dumb comment is dumb.

    Did you even bother to read what he said?

    Have you never left one company to work for another because you were offered a higher position?

    Have you never left one company to pursue a dream at another?

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  20. #240
    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Sams View Post
    Go to Twitter to confirm it was really me. I just posted confirmation that I posted here on MMO-Champion and on the Battle.net forums tonight.
    Confirmed and change your title, couldn't come up with something original but at least it's a little more visible.

    Good luck for the future Paul, appreciate you stopping by the forums!

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