World of Warcraft's Lead Systems Designer has announced his decision to leave.
Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street, has announced his decision to leave Blizzard Entertainment. World of Warcraft's Lead Systems Designer has bridged the gap between the community and game's developers for six years. In that time he has been stoic in his resolve to provide fair and balanced gameplay for WoW players and will undoubtedly be missed.
I had the pleasure of meeting him at this year's Blizzcon and I can honestly say that he is a very sweet and friendly man, who was more than happy to mingle with fans at all opportunities. I've always admired his ability to absorb the hits of angry players lashing out when their class received what they perceived to be nerfs. When we spoke, albeit briefly at the Wowinsider/Wowhead party, I apologized to him on behalf of the community for all the negativity he's had to endure, to which he smiled kindly and assured me he was fine.
Below is an official post written by Greg on the WoW forums:
"You know that part at the end of raid night when the final boss is dead and you’re done handing out loot and everyone kind of goes their separate ways? Yeah, this is one of those times.
"We just came off of a great BlizzCon. We had so many different games to talk about, and we were thrilled at the reception of Warlords of Draenor. It was great to meet or reconnect with so many of you. I love BlizzCon dearly, which makes it so hard to tell you that this will be my last one, or at least my last one up on stage. An opportunity has come my way, and I have made the very tough decision to move on from Blizzard.
"I wanted to thank all of you for being a part of this grand quest. I have said a hundred times that having passionate gamers, including the angry ones, is a far better place to be than having a community that doesn’t care. You all care. Like us, you want the game to be the best that it can be. So I ask you to keep on providing your feedback. I promise (and I rarely promise!) that the developers care very much about what you have to say.
"I’ll be out there, and I can’t imagine it will be that hard to find me.
"P.S. No, you can’t have a pony. Or a moose. Or a mantis shrimp. Or a tardigrade. Or a crab. Keep trying though.
"P.P.S. I play a Holy Priest."
On twitter he's since gone on to confirm again that he is leaving Blizzard due to a "great opportunity" and stated that it is simply time to move on. He is leaving on good terms and will continue to play WoW! We at ZAM would like to wish him all the best in his future adventures, wherever they may take him.
Ghostcrawler, we salute you.
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