Blizzard Entertainment senior vice president of Story and Franchise Development Chris Metzen has decided to retire from the company. The news was first broken by Business Insider and later confirmed in his own words in a post on the official World of Warcraft forums. Metzen ends a 22 year career at Blizzard, retiring at the age of 42.
"I had just turned twenty years old when I started working at Blizzard," wrote Metzen. "Seems like a lifetime ago. Guess it was. Those first few years were the start of a very grand adventure for me, one that would take me around the world, introduce me to thousands of wonderful geeks just like me-and ultimately shape the course of my adult life."
"Creativity is relational," he continued. "Looking back at my years at Blizzard, I see now how profoundly this idea has shaped my career. I see how profoundly my friends and coworkers at Blizzard have shaped me as a person. For nearly twenty-three years I've had the very distinct privilege of shaping worlds and building games with the brightest creative minds in entertainment. I've walked with giants (and stood on some giants' shoulders, too). In short, I've had the time of my life."
"And to all of you out there in Blizzard's vast gaming community-those of you I've had the pleasure of meeting in person and all of you around the world I've only heard about-thank you," Metzen added. "Thank you all for letting me be a special part of your community. For letting me belong with you. We've shared countless adventures together and I've always been overwhelmed and humbled by your passion for our games as well your commitment to each other. Thank you for all the BlizzCon hugs, smiles, handshakes, and stories over the years. You will never know how much you've all touched my heart and inspired me to give my all into this craft."
There's a much lengthier message at the link above. If you're a fan of Blizzard, it's worth a read. We at USgamer wish him well in his transition.