Jeff Kaplan has a lot of strings to his bow, but now he's bowing out. As the Vice President of Blizzard Entertainment and the Director and public face of Overwatch, he's quite the well-known figure, but in an announcement today, he announced that he's leaving the company after almost two decades of service. Here's his letter, in typical Jeff-Kaplan-all-lowercase style:
i am leaving Blizzard Entertainment after 19 amazing years.
it was truly the honor of a lifetime to have the opportunity to create worlds and heroes for such a passionate audience. i want to express my deep appreciation to everyone at blizzard who supported our games, our game teams and our players. but i want to say a special thanks to the wonderful game developers that shared in the journey of creation with me.
never accept the world as it appears to be. always dare to see it for what it could be. i hope you do the same.
Although Jeff didn't say where he's going next, or if he's just retiring, the official update on the Overwatch blog pegged Aaron Keller, a founding member of the Overwatch team, as his successor. Keller has only been at the company for 18 years — nowhere near Kaplan's 19 years — but Blizzard seems to be confident that he'll succeed in the role nonetheless. We know that Overwatch 2 is in the works already, so presumably Keller has a lot of work on his plate.
Jeff Kaplan first started his career at Blizzard working on World of Warcraft in 2002, a job he did for seven years, rising to the rank of Game Director. After that, it was a short spell on cancelled MMO, Titan — the bones of which would later become Overwatch, which Kaplan oversaw as Director.
What do you think Jeff will be doing next? Give us your thoughts in the comments.
Those lowercase letters make me want to put my eyes in a Nutri Bullet.
@nessisonett That’s the real controversial thing here. Those l’s hurt.
I wonder how many members of the teams that worked on classic games like Diablo 2 and Warcraft 3 still work at Blizzard, not many I imagine. The Blizzard I loved as a kid is probably long gone.
You can say that he has Overwatched!
man i dont know why people forget to capitalize characters and forgot punctuation. i mean come on have you been in zero english classes your embarassing youreself. and i hate it when people forget to capitalize their "i"s. i mean im so sick of this i cant believe people still do this.
The ice is melting, it's no longer cool to work at Blizz.
I imagine Blizzcon is next to get the axe.
And who take care of Overwatch 2 now ?!?!!?
@CorvoRevo Introducing the new director of Overwatch 2... Xi Jinping!
@Dpishere Most of them leave Blizzard years ago and found Arena.Net, the devs of Guild Wars.
@nessisonett OMG NO, PLEASE NO XD
@Paraka Nah Blizzcon will keep going. It just won't be the same now that most of the old school employees are gone.
Seems like they left also Arena.net.
Other Studios of former Blizzard Members are also gone.
So theres no Hope left^^
Are they still hiring for Metroid Prime 4?
@Tasuki - Doubt it, Activision has not been a firm believer in it as it sucks up a lot of funds.
It will likely be their digital version from here on out
@Azuris There's still the devs that went on to Echtra Games for Torchlight. Not all hope is lost, yet.
@Paraka Right but it's still Blizzcon regardless if it's digital or live. As I said just won't be the same.
@nessisonett Darn! I was really hoping for an Overwatch x Winnie the Pooh crossover event.
@Doombario Oh wow I was not aware that this is a thing. If anything I think Overwatch is almost trying a bit too hard to be progressive and inclusive. To the point that it feels unnatural and forced.
I still love the game though, and I respect them for doing that.
@Yanina This isn’t a thing. They’re speaking out their arse.
Damn, Papa Jeff will always be a part of OW for me. Hope he'll get some nice games going, if he joins another studio.
@nessisonett as a cisgender white straight male, I find it offensive to be called they.
His watch has ended.
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