Warcraft franchise general manager leaves Blizzard after 12 years

by Danny Craig  · 
Warcraft franchise general manager leaves Blizzard after 12 years
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Warcraft general manager and SVP John Hight has announced that he is leaving Blizzard after over a decade at the publisher.

The details:

  • Hight announced his departure from the company on X and thanked the Warcraft community for its support over the years, as well as the franchise's developers. “After 12 incredible years at Blizzard, I’ve decided to step away and start a new quest,” he wrote. “It was a tough decision, but I feel like now is as good a time as any – Warcraft is in an amazing position as the universe turns 30. I’ve been so honored to serve all of the heroes of Azeroth. You are the most passionate, dedicated, and creative community in gaming.”

  • After joining Blizzard as the executive producer and vice president of World of Warcraft in November 2011, following stints at EA, Atari, and Sony, Hight oversaw the launches of the game’s expansions, starting with Mists of Pandaria, as well as Hearthstone, Warcraft Rumble, and Diablo III’s console port.

  • Hight did not elaborate on his future plans but suggested that he would remain involved in the gaming industry. “As for what’s next in my journey, I don’t have any specifics to share quite yet, but I am excited to explore new opportunities and challenges in the industry and to continue making great games with talented people,” he wrote in the thread.

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