John Hight, head of the Warcraft franchise, is leaving Blizzard after nearly 13 years with the company


Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise general manager John Hight has announced that he is leaving the company after nearly 13 years.

Earlier this week, Hight announced on his personal Twitter that he was leaving Blizzard to “start a new assignment.” Although Hight most recently oversaw the broader Warcraft franchise at Blizzard for the last decade, he has been working in the gaming industry for many years, starting at The 3DO Company and later moving to other studios such as EA, Atari and Sony. As he noticed Computer playerworked on God of War 3 and helped launch the PlayStation Network.

On Twitter, Hight wrote about his decision to leave Blizzard, saying: “After 12 incredible years at Blizzard, I have decided to leave and start a fresh role. It was a challenging decision, but I feel like now is as good a time as any: Warcraft is in an incredible position as the universe turns 30. I am honored to serve all the heroes of Azeroth. He continued in subsequent tweets: “You are the most passionate, dedicated and inventive community in the gaming industry. It’s thanks to you that I put my heart and soul into creating the best games possible. You have inspired me, challenged me, and made me a stronger developer.

“I also want to share my immense gratitude and confidence in the teams and leaders supporting all games in the Warcraft universe. I know you will take WoW, Hearthstone and Rumble to fresh heights and I can’t wait to hear your vision along with other players as my journey continues, I don’t have any details to share yet but I’m excited to explore fresh opportunities and challenges in the industry, and the opportunity to continue creating great games with talented people.

Speaking to PC Gamer in an earlier interview, High talked about his hopes for his legacy, saying that he would be able to “work with all these people, and these people will do great things. So my legacy is that remember me, in some shape or form, this goofy little guy saw my potential and gave me a chance.

Hight’s departure follows several other high-profile departures from Blizzard over the past few years, including Mike Ybarra and Allen Adham, and former Overwatch 2 vice president Jon Spector.

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