Tuesday 7 June 2016

Diablo III Director Leaves Blizzard, Gaming

Jay Wilson, Diablo III's game director, has announced that he was leaving Blizzard to pursue writing - his original passion. The move will lead him away from not only one of the most successful game-developers ever, but the entire gaming industry as well. According to a Twitter post through which he's announced his intentions, Wilson always wanted to return to writing, despite the fact that he had a rather lengthy and prolific career in gaming. Having joined the company in 2006, he spent about a decade at Blizzard. Before that, he had also directed design at Relic Entertainment's Company of Heroes, and he had been a lead designer for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War.

A highly controversial figure, Wilson had riled up the Diablo community on a number of occasions. One such occasion saw him criticize the Diablo III Auction House (now closed) and calling it the "wrong solution" for the game. Another instance saw him get into a spat with Blizzard North's David Brevik, who had expressed negative thoughts in regards to Diablo III and its development.

Given the issues Diablo III had upon its release - issues for which many in the community have blamed Wilson - it is rather understandable that there's not much regret in fan-circles regarding his departure.

Through his farewell tweets, Wilson did not specify exactly what his plans were writing-wise, instead limiting himself to thanking his Blizzard colleagues.

Philip Thalberg works for Gosugamers, the best destination for The International coverage and the biggest eSports community.