Blizzard Entertainment creative director Rob Pardo calls it quits after 17 years

Above: Rob Pardo, former chief creative officer at Blizzard.

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One of Blizzard Entertainment’s longest-tenured creative minds is taking an exit.

Rob Pardo, the chief creative officer at Blizzard, announced he is leaving the company today.

In a goodbye post on, Pardo gave a sad farewell.

“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.

The 44-year-old Pardo joined Blizzard in 1997 after a tour at Interplay Productions. He helped design games that included World of Warcraft, StarCraft, StarCraft: Brood War, Warcraft III, and Diablo III. Before he was named chief creative officer, he was executive vice president of game design at Blizzard.

Pardo said he wasn’t ready to say what he is doing next. He was working on the expansion to World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, slated to arrive this fall.

“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,” Pardo said. “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.

“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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Dominic Van Divner
Dominic Van Divner

Gee, what a shame. Oh, not that he's retiring. That he didn't retire before he played his part in ruining World of Warcraft, and several other fun Blizzard games.

Aaron Baker
Aaron Baker

Kung Fu pandas, your career is over. I pray you never get hired for any game company again. I don't want strawberry shortcake in my anything. You need to get permanently erased from gaming history for including/allowing inclusion of kung fu pandas in anything. Just say no to anyone trying to put kung fu pandas in your game, Fire them, Shun them, diss them as hard as you can.

Dumble Dore
Dumble Dore

I bet he left with Kenny Rogers Gambler song stuck in his head.  WoW has been going downhill for years.  Better cut your losses and count your money and run while you can.

Aaron Baker
Aaron Baker

This guy needs to be haunted with Kung Fu pandas for the next 20 years as punishment. Why do we not have a "guilty of bait and switch" court for video games? Any creative director that posts/allows videos for the long term that is a false ideal about the game that is really hiding that you are going to release a kung fu pandas expansion that will kidify your game that you just invested so much time in, wow I mean this guy needs to be harshly punished monetarily, creatively in every way. You pull in millions of users and then suddenly go ahhh ha ha ha you are now playing a strawberry shortcake game, that is a major betrayal, you need to be brought to justice,.

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