Rob Pardo leaves Blizzard

Chief creative officer leaves World of Warcraft studio after 17 years

Rob Pardo is leaving Blizzard. The company's chief creative officer today announced his departure in a post on the official World of Warcraft forums.

"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," Pardo said.

Pardo did not explain his reasons for leaving, nor did he reveal what he would be doing next.

"As to what I will be doing next, I don't have an answer for you yet... but I will 'when it's ready,'" Pardo said. "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."

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Andrzej Wroblewski Localization Generalist, Albion Localisations2 years ago
Magnetic news. Literally. @Rob if you ever create a company of your own - mind that there are people like me who'd follow you blindly into oblivion. If you ever feel that localization quality makes a difference in product value, please think of me.
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Kevin Strange Developer Relations Account Manager, AMD2 years ago
If anyone is taking bets I'll have 10 on him joining oculus :-)

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