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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
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07/03/2014 11:12 AMPosted by blitz
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Take care Mr. Pardo! Best of luck to you in your future endeavours!
Thank you and good luck.
Goodbye, Chief
I can only assume we're not getting the entire story that sparked this but best of luck in your new career.
Very best of luck to your Mr. Pardo.

*hugs*
I've never heard of you before but thank you for all your hard work and service. I hope you had a blast, good luck in the future.
07/03/2014 11:52 AMPosted by Incubus
I've never heard of you before but thank you for all your hard work and service. I hope you had a blast, good luck in the future.


He was the lead designer of Brood War.
07/03/2014 11:46 AMPosted by SwifTFiRe
07/03/2014 11:10 AMPosted by Rob Pardo
My priorities are to enjoy the summer with my family, play plenty of games


I hope you don't play Starcraft 2 as Terran then realize how ridiculously hard it is to play against the other races. It'll make you angry.


Pfft, he is the chief creative officer, he probably helped nerf Terran, 'for the purpose of E-sports.'

Seriously tho, 17 years as a creative officer in any gaming company is an amazing accomplishment. That would rank up there with Sid Meiers. I can only imagine the accomplished resume you are walking away with and the possibilities the future hold, what an exciting time!

Good luck mate and if you were responsible for the state of Terran past and present, I forgive you, kinda...
wheres d3 thread?
07/03/2014 11:58 AMPosted by Tgood
wheres d3 thread?


http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/13348454720
07/03/2014 11:46 AMPosted by SwifTFiRe
07/03/2014 11:10 AMPosted by Rob Pardo
My priorities are to enjoy the summer with my family, play plenty of games


I hope you don't play Starcraft 2 as Terran then realize how ridiculously hard it is to play against the other races. It'll make you angry.


Ignore this post, Rob Pardo! Most posters in SC2 are terrans and are bad at the game, so they make every single post a QQ one.

glhf, btw!
07/03/2014 11:46 AMPosted by SwifTFiRe
I hope you don't play Starcraft 2 as Terran then realize how ridiculously hard it is to play against the other races. It'll make you angry.


Or it might turn you into some dude on the internet who steals other people's likeness for no reason whatsoever.

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