Message from Rob Pardo

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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
You are the man Rob! It was truly the best of times friend! Good luck to you out there!
Good luck Rob! :)
good luck))
Noooooo Rob :(((
Don't go!
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What can I do anyways.
Bye Rob, cya around. The community that plays Blizzard games has a great deal of appreciation for you, (as you will see from the many farewells on this thread.)

*Wipes away a tear*

Farewell, and best of luck to you. :D
Thank you for all the work u did for us:D
Good bye and good luck for the future Rob !
Good luck Rob!

*hugs*
Bless you and much good wishes for your future!!!
Enjoy your time off and thanks for everything! Keep folks in the loop for where the future takes you, if you can! :)
Good luck Rob!
Best of luck! Thank you for all the hard work and dedication you brought to us. I wish you the best! :)
Will you still be going to Blizzcon, Rob?

Really wanted to meet you, good luck with your future journeys, my friend!
You're going to be missed for sure! Good luck with whatever you do next.
Mr. Pardo, you will be missed
Good Luck Rob!
So who will lead the devolopment processing of WoW and the Company Blizzard itself now? Wont this bring a deep hole in Blizzards Heart?

Though i wish you best of Luck and Success in the Future.
The world of Blizzard will miss you, as will the community you've helped bring together. Best of luck in the world, Rob! I'll be following your next move. Enjoy the family time!
I hope your successor will be as good as you were. I wish you the very best and enjoy your time with your family. I welcome you on our side :) It's a bit tiring sometimes (especially when you'll hear/read The "Soon"), but so much fun !

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