World of Warcraft CM Zarhym leaves Blizzard

Long-time World of Warcraft Community Manager Jonathan Brown has left Blizzard, according to a brief notice on his Twitter account. There was no explanation given about his departure.

Brown, better known as Zarhym, came on board Blizzard around 2005 and has been working on the WoW community team since 2008. Brown won “Community Manager of the Year” award at Dragon*Con in 2012.

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BritoBruno
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Ceder BritoBruno Loopstah Rohirrim If that spike generates enough revenue, Blizzard will continue to do this.
I’m in the same boat as you all. I don’t like it. But i’m not there.

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ammalis carson63000 phoenix0401 Nyres  I can name a former Trion director of community that was worse than their current one…. but not by much.

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Ceder

Gavin_Lafferty Karl_Hungus Nyres Caerulei  If it was something bad, it’ll surface. It always does.

Ceder
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Ceder

Sorenthaz  Indeed and the end of the tax year as well.  Also its a pretty common business practice to dump on Fridays for other reasons as well.

Ceder
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Ceder

BritoBruno Loopstah Rohirrim  Of course they’ll report it but each expansion gets a spike then 3-5 months later its all lost again when the new smell wears off.

BritoBruno
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Rohirrim BritoBruno Loopstah Not a lot of people that’s for sure. While i will agree that a lot of them do not know that Pservers are actually a lot better than how they were before, with Vanilla servers almost 95% blizzlike, we cannot think that the entire wow population doesn’t like wow as it is now, like the sub i’m part of thinks.
Content Drought or not, WoW will still retain at a minimum, a million subs because it’s simply that strong and solid of a game. Think about it, they have so much solid groundwork that they can simply change the classes on a whim. That’s Blizzard for you.
Like i said, before i digressed so badly: Not a lot of people. A lot of them are not interested, or don’t want to put up with the bugs ( which is a legitimate complaint, specially since most of pservers developing are shady as fuck, vide Warmane/Molten, and i’m not even talking about the Nostalrius debacle with chinese wintraders ), or simply don’t care enough.
Others like the new WoW. I for one, like both.

Rohirrim
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BritoBruno Loopstah These private servers (pve and pvp), any time(!) of the day are full…to achieve that, in my opinion you need more than 55k…
but the real questions are: a) How many people does not know these servers exist and most important b) How many people dont want to “waste” their time on something “illegal” and unofficial that may close any time if Blizzard take them to the courts?

BritoBruno
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Loopstah BritoBruno Rohirrim Lets check when legion hits. If they get a 8million hit, i’m sure they’ll report.

Loopstah
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BritoBruno Rohirrim I agree with your point, although the 5.5 mil digit is up in the air. They’re not reporting their population anymore on shareholder’s calls, and the game hasn’t had any new content in a loooong time.

Gavin_Lafferty
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Karl_Hungus Nyres Caerulei Oh that brings back memories of Tseric…but I don’t think Zarhym had a meltdown on the forums.

Something is off about his departure as there is no crap ton of blue posters wishing him well, but I think we should just accept this will remain none of our business.

JudgeDavid101
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I liked that guy. Good luck in future endeavours. I’ve played less and less in WoW recently. Even DDO & Lord of The Rings Online has gotten more playing time than WoW, EVE too when I’ve gained some game time, there’s a lot more choice now and I’ve got my roving gamer eye on other titles. I might play Legion for a bit, but so many WoW things have now passed on from vanilla, TBC and WoTLK it’s almost a completely different game and  new opportunities are coming along, for Zarhym too it seems. I wish him well.

BritoBruno
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Rohirrim Feelings are subjective, and WoD is mainly a single player xpac.
Nostalrius has a 13k peak. Kronos got a 2k pop with 7xp event, Nost PvE has 3k players? Warmane has apparently 25k players distributed throught their realms.
I’m not counting Dalaran/GamerDistrict.
Using this shitty math, i would say that the pservers pop is somewhere between 50k/55k concurrent players, with a big BIIIG grain of salt.
But something for me is certain: Contraire to the wowservers sub circlejerk beliefs, 100k players or such, or 50k players, aren’t enough to warrant Blizzard to make legacy servers. That’s pure entitlement.
WoW STILL has 5.5Million players, and a cycle. Legion gets on, they’ll get another boost. Content Drought hits, they’ll get leavers. That’s their cycle.

Rohirrim
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Guilds are leaving, CMs are leaving, Devs have left..last one close the door please. In the meanwhile,vanilla private server feels 100 times more alive and MMO than 80% of official servers..

SallyBowls1
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SallyBowls1

Syco_at_Twitch Not to be outdone, today Yahoo announced the closing of Yahoo Games (which launched in 1998)

ammalis
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carson63000 phoenix0401 Nyres I think this is rule in being CM – everyone is better than current one…

ammalis
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Sorenthaz I thought exactly the same…

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Who knows, maybe it’s end of Q1 financial cuts.

BryanCo
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Dope_Danny  At least Blizzard didn’t make a twitter post calling him an ass.

carson63000
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phoenix0401 Nyres Guarantee you that in two years time WoW players will be saying “man, Zarhym was so much better than this [insert name here] asshole we got now”.

Karl_Hungus
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Nyres Caerulei 
What could he have possibly gotten fired for as a CM though?

Syco_at_Twitch
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So like did all the studios come together and decide to all leave and fire on the same day? lol like the fuck

Nyres
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Caerulei at the same time normally blizzard does post good bye threads for Blues on the forums so this might be more of he got fired sort of thing.

Dope_Danny
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Dope_Danny

No goodbye, no well wishing, just removed.

Sooo, fired?

RyanMahaffey
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RyanMahaffey

Seriously…fuck today

scratches16
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scratches16

Whaaaat?? The good looking one left?! WHYYYY

TheKingInYellow
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TheKingInYellow

What is this? Official fire people and cancel your games day?

Karl_Hungus
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Karl_Hungus

Finally some good news today

Caerulei
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Caerulei

If you look at his other tweets on his personal account, it seems to be pretty amicable with co-workers and fans.  140 characters can be hard to express all the necessary emotion.  Everything comes off as curt on Twitter.

phoenix0401
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Nyres Maybe. But community manager for WoW these days may as well be re-named “Chief Spear Catcher.” It’s a job I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.

Sorenthaz
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Yeah that doesn’t exactly sound like he was laid off or left on good terms, lol…
Then again I’m surprised he’s been around that long in Blizzard.  Most CMs don’t seem to stick around with a single place for more than a few years at best.

Greaterdivinity
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Greaterdivinity

Yeesh, all kinda of bad MMO related news today : /

Nyres
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Nyres

Definitely sounds like he got fired and honestly not all that surprised he always came off as a jerk to me.

Feydakin
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Feydakin

Sounds like it wasn’t amicable if the curtness of his Tweet is any indication… That’s too bad if so. Farewell Zarhym.

sray155
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EvanBird Was going to say that. Short to the point of being curt, and no well wishes to fans/co-workers tends to indicate it wasn’t by his choice.

Amorey
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Amorey

So I refreshed the page and this comes up….this is really not a good day for gaming communities 

No more bad news today  please  :(

EvanBird
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EvanBird

sounds like he got fired

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