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 World of Warcraft  frontman Rob Pardo has left Blizzard
World of Warcraft frontman Rob Pardo has left Blizzard
July 3, 2014 | By Alex Wawro

July 3, 2014 | By Alex Wawro
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Game industry veteran Rob Pardo announced today that he is leaving Blizzard Entertainment, ending a 17-year career with the company.

"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," wrote Pardo.

Until today Pardo had prominently served as Blizzard's chief creative officer, representing the company at numerous public events and industry conferences. Prior to that he served as an executive vice president of game design, and in that time he was named to Time Magazine's 2006 'Time 100' list for his work as a lead designer on World of Warcraft.

Pardo was also the executive producer of Diablo III and is credited on countless other Blizzard titles. He also played a role in helping broker the deal between Blizzard and Legendary Pictures to produce an upcoming feature film based on World of Warcraft.








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Boyer Geoffrey
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Wow, I didn't see that coming. Guess Blizzard is in even more troubles that can be seen from the outside :(

Terry Matthes
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I don't know if it's a sign of trouble. It could very well just be that Rob wants a change of scenery. That's a long time to work at one creative place.

Daneel Filimonov
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Yea, most likely a "designer's block" scenario. Hard to be in one place and stay creative, especially for so long.

Michael Wenk
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I agree, I think its a bad sign that they have lost a bunch of their high profile talent. You can spin it that he wanted a change, but its relatively rare for an executive level person to leave out of the blue like that. In my recollection, that is usually a sign of bad things to come.

Steve Hamner
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I'm afraid you're right. I've been a World of Warcraft player for seven years and the game is, sadly, on the way out. I'm sure the new expansion (whenever it comes out) will be a shot in the arm, but without a more frequent infusion of new content (Guild Wars 2 has new content about every 1-2 months, Wildstar has promised monthly new content drops) they'll start shedding users again.

I heard a rumor Pardo has been in talks with Arena Net to work on the Guild Wars 2 franchise. I think he'd be a good fit there.


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