After a 17 year tenure, Rob Pardo has announced his resignation and departure from Blizzard. The news came via a post he made on the Blizzard Forums. In that post, Pardo expressed his gratitude for having been given the opportunity to work on key Blizzard IPs. He also stated that he is uncertain about what the next chapter of his life will involve:
“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.”
Pardo began his career with Blizzard when he joined the development team working on the original StarCraft. He would eventually become the lead designer on World of Warcraft, a role that earned him a spot on Time Magazine’s 2006 list of the 100 most influential people in the world.