Elder Scrolls Online loses two key devs, WoW picks up Moorgard from EQ Next

    
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The MMO industry is a vibrant market that’s always shifting as developers move between projects. So who has gone where lately?

For starters, former EverQuest Next Lead Content Designer Steve “Moorgard” Danuser has migrated over to World of Warcraft, where he’s taken up the position of a senior designer. Danuser was one of the many developers let go during the Daybreak layoffs this past February.

Some Elder Scrolls Online players have been wondering where the heck Lead Gameplay Designer Nicholas Konkle has been. “Not with ZeniMax” is the answer; Konkle has taken up with the folks at Riot Games as a senior game designer for League of Legends. Another departure from ESO is Gameplay Designer Maria Aliprando, who according to her Linkedin is no longer with ZeniMax as of this month.

Source: Twitter, ESO forums, LinkedIn #1, #2. Thanks to Kinya and Nazon for the tips!
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ManastuUtakata  *giggles*

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Cosmic Cleric Leviathonlx anatheod I had a friend who was on the localisation team who’d always go on about the unqualified management. Can also check out Blizzards Glassdoor page for more.

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That or they just got bored of working on an MMO and wanted a change of scenery, which I find far more likely considering that Konkle is heading to Riot.

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It’s probably more that they just got fed up with what they were doing. The worry point is when you see a lot of layoffs and/or people being transferred, which hasn’t happened, yet. Yet. Working on the same project, with the same burdens, with the same responsibilities, day in, day out? You need a change, after a while. Even if the pay is good, and the atmosphere is nice, you just need a new backdrop.

Some can go longer than others depending on how much they enjoyed their work in the first place, and you have to factor in lesser responsibilities. Sometimes a spoon is just a spoon. I will worry if I see people leaving en masse because I’ve genuinely been enjoying ESO, too.

But two people looking for different positions doesn’t worry me. The one we know the fate of is clearly down to I don’t want to do MMOs any more, I’m sick of dealing with MMO systems and stuff, I want to try a completely different field. And that’s where Riot comes in.
People just get fed up.

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Pretty much that, yes.

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ihatevnecks Kwasimoto Icnoevil Written shorthand due to the character limit.

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Kwasimoto ihatevnecks Icnoevil Yeah it says icnoevil, not icnoeasilyverifiablefacts :P

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Bonnenuit I like your pic xD

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Icnoevil I was confused when I went to prepurchase EQN and ended up with Landmark. Not disappointed, just confused. I’m still a bit confused about the whole thing but I still like landmark. I’d really love someone to explain it to me again (not you though buddy)..
IIRC I went to get EQN and it gave me landmark as a way to help develop assets or develop the game as a whole for EQN. Not sure what happened or what will happen…

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Dope_Danny His Dudeness has the best lines.