World of Warcraft’s Bashiok has defected to NCsoft [Updated]

Former World of Warcraft Community Manager Micah “Bashiok” Whipple announced he was leaving Blizzard last week to take up a new job this week, leading to speculation that his next job must be close to the Blizzard studio in Irvine, California. And unless he’s trolling Twitter, it seems he’s making the move to NCsoft, which happens to have a studio in Irvine too.

His tweet teases a photograph of a WildStar rowsdower plush on his dashboard during his morning commute and implies he and his new buddy are on the way to his new job.

NCsoft has a number of releases planned for this year, including Guild Wars 2‘s Heart of Thorns expansion, Blade & Soul’s western launch, and WildStar’s F2P conversion.

Source: Twitter
Update: Whipple has updated his Tweet to note that he’ll be working for NCsoft proper, not just Carbine and WildStar:

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dorn2
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dorn2

This is an example of what worries me with this industry.  This guy has a horrible track record at Blizzard but he’s basically getting an upgrade position at NCSoft.

He’s probably actually pretty talented but letting him make design decisions is just no good.

amkosh
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amkosh

Well, it looks like a good move for him.  Also a vertical movement seems to show less rats leaving the sinking WoW and more just a good move for him personally, Congrats!

Kodimus
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Kodimus

Sorenthaz Kodimus That seems to be a common misconception. He did far more than community management at Blizzard.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Kodimus Well he went from Community Manager to Senior Content Manager.  So he actually gets to do more than interact with a rowdy playerbase.

ihatevnecks
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ihatevnecks

ItsLorgarn Hagg3r He was at Amazon before his announcement/move to Blizzard last month, they probably missed the Blizz move.

BryanCo
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BryanCo

d0ub1ep1u5g00d  Yeah, that’s a pretty big step up in responsibility.  Unless “Content Manager” only refers to the content of the forums.

DigitalQ
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DigitalQ

Siphaed ManastuUtakata breetoplay 5cprip  Murlocks Unleashed!!! I want it…I want it Now!

ArbsX
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ArbsX

Sorenthaz Esoteric Coyote The former WoW dev thing is still going around? I would figure now people would have realize they left along time ago & the ones remaining there I wouldn’t consider WoW devs as they been at Carbine longer than WoW.

Estranged
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Estranged

Just another storyline dropped.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Estranged ManastuUtakata Xijit Siphaed breetoplay 5cprip 
I thought we where to get that in Cata. Instead we stuck an occupancy village outside the main door. If was left to us instead of developers, we would of long claimed Gnomeregan back for ourselves. /sigh