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

Kodimus
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Kodimus

Man he must have gotten a massive raise to take that job.

Grimmtooth
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Grimmtooth

I read this earlier before the update and could only think of what the Wildstar headhunter was looking for.
Wanted 1 deck chair rearrange, swimming optional, must like Ice.

NCSoft proper makes more scene but I still felt I needed to share whenI got a chance

TronSheridan
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TronSheridan

Well, NOW I want to play Wildstar.  This was exactly the change I was waiting for.

Estranged
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Estranged

ihatevnecks mandodo69 Hagg3r Yeah, it is a rough job, they deserve every cent.

Estranged
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Estranged

ManastuUtakata Xijit Siphaed breetoplay 5cprip Is it time for the Gnomes to have their own real capital again?

Estranged
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Estranged

yolosw3g Actually, they are solid financially.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Xijit Siphaed ManastuUtakata breetoplay 5cprip 
I personally I'd buy the next expansion if it was "Gnomes Siege Azeroth", with the caption, "When the lands of Orcs and Humans are ruled by an iron pigtail!" Then again, I am bias. <3

Xijit
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Xijit

Siphaed ManastuUtakata breetoplay 5cprip

"Murlocks Unleased" would probably get me to play WOW based on name alone.

DasBenty
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DasBenty

Bah, no one cares  where the guys going! What everyone really wants to know is where do we get the rowsdowser plush!

Xijit
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Xijit

Siphaed chosenxeno

I think that was a reference to Lineage 3 devs jumping ship from NCsoft to form BlueHole after their game got canceled, and using code that they had been working on at NCsoft to jumpstart development on Tera.

d0ub1ep1u5g00d
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d0ub1ep1u5g00d

So he went from being an exalted forum poster/troll to Senior Content Manager? wow that's a promotion!

ihatevnecks
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ihatevnecks

mandodo69 Hagg3r Naive = ignorant. Their job is to take, pass on, and sometimes report back on feedback. They don't change a mechanic because you have a personal bitch about it - they're not a developer. They just put up with the crying, whining, raging reprobates who think things like personal attacks and threats to the community manager's family are an appropriate way to react to undesired changes.

Telos_
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Telos_

He's going to NCSoft, not Wildstar.  That's a pretty big deal, considering NCSoft just released their financial reports, and it's doing extremely well.

ihatevnecks
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ihatevnecks

Bannex19 Heh didn't they all abandon ship already? :P

Zulika_Mi_Nam
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Zulika_Mi_Nam

It seem just like yesterday when that guys dad was telling me to stop squeezin the Charmin....and now look at him....off to a company that makes some really good plushies!

Siphaed
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Siphaed

ManastuUtakata breetoplay 5cprip 
Maybe he got an inside look at the next WoW expansion and decided to run before being associated with it?
Return to the Mists of Pandaria?
World of Warcraft:  Invasion of the Sharknado? 

World of Warcraft:  Murlocks Unleashed?

Siphaed
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Siphaed

Greaterdivinity DigitalQ 
NCSoft wants to sell on GW2's expansion first and foremost. So they will not put Wildstar -a poorly operating game with a series of multi-quarter loses- in the limelight before HoT launches.  Expect that once GW2 HoT has a solid release date, Wildstar will then announce it's F2P conversion date and it will be months after HoT launches.

yolosw3g
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yolosw3g

while i can't see the logic in jumping from a possibly sinking ship to a burning and exploding one i say, good luck to him

Siphaed
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Siphaed

chosenxeno 
That is not WoW-time, as it should be.  Multiply it by x2 and you'll find that the 10 years is far more accurate to their rate of development on ... anything.

chosenxeno
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chosenxeno

He's probably there to steal Code and recruit. WoW 2.0 is coming in 5 years. It will be similar to WildStar. Remember who told you!

Bannex19
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Bannex19

Pretty sure that dealing with wow as long as he has will make any game he goes to a cake walk.

JudgeDavid101
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JudgeDavid101

That's a cool plushie. Good luck to him.

natecanbefound
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natecanbefound

mandodo69 The funny thing about comments like these from people like mandodo69 or comments from people like SoMuchMass , Hagg3r , Damonvile , Silverbourne , TehAcidBaron they may they think they are so much different, and they may think way differently, but what they actually KNOW is very similar.

Celestia
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Celestia

Interesting move, and I hope a successful one for everyone involved.  I'm a bit worried that he didn't even take a week off.  That's crazy.

Bannex19
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Bannex19

Dude you got pwned. Just move along, going down swinging isn't making you look any less juvenile.

Bannex19
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Bannex19

Pretty sure carbine was made up of a lot of old wow guys. I'm sure he has some ties there

mandodo69
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mandodo69

Hagg3r Naive = Truthful.

Estranged
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Estranged

Blizzard was as just likely to consider him expendable at some point.  This isn't a union job that you can ride into retirement.  

Heck, he may not like what is coming 8/6 nor the direction of the company.  

From my experience, a different environment and a little pat on the back can do wonders for morale.

TehAcidBaron
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TehAcidBaron

Good move considering that NCsofts didn't really have a prominent community manager figure in place. Guessing his background he'll probably be responsible for a few games or at least overseeing it, communication has always been an issue, official communication that is for Carbine.

What i wonder is what's going to happen to Tony Rey who recently got bumped out to a similar position?

TehAcidBaron
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TehAcidBaron

Silverbourne Damonvile Hagg3r mandodo69 SoMuchMass

If you all think it's easy to deal with gamers, volunteer to be on their customer support staff for a few weeks, just do it. You trust in humanity will plummet and your will to do harm to others increases.

The sane ones are the few ones you deal with and for community reps it's the same.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

breetoplay 5cprip 
Well...this does give us a slight window into the reason why he may have left Blizz. That is, he was looking for a more senior position at a big name developer company. Or least he may have been scouted for.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Styopa 
The update is now confirming this is unlikely. :)

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

SoMuchMass ManastuUtakata deekay_zero 
According to the update, you might be close. o.O

Dope_Danny
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Dope_Danny

Oh i can only imagine mmo champions wow general sections shitstorm over this one.

breetoplay
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breetoplay

5cprip Updated the post! Sorry we were slow on the draw; were recording ze podcast. We actually read the tweet outloud during the recording hehe. :D

Styopa
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Styopa

Might want to not be screwing around with your phone while driving.

Just sayin'.

DigitalQ
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DigitalQ

Greaterdivinity DigitalQ  wow that was fast ..TY divinity:)

Greaterdivinity
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Greaterdivinity

DigitalQ "later this year"

DigitalQ
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DigitalQ

anyone know if a release date* for the FTP has been announced yet? or is it still "later this year"?

luxundae
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luxundae

Hah!  I guess he wanted a real challenge!

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