World of Warcraft’s head guru helped to kick off PAX West this weekend with an hour-long keynote address. Ion Hazzikostas entertained the crowd with his journey as a developer and as WoW’s game director working at Blizzard for the past decade.
Hazzikostas said that when World of Warcraft launched, he was among the crowd of players sucked into this enthralling MMORPG. After being in contact with the studio, he walked away from his law career to start as a game designer for Blizzard.
His career covered working on Wrath of the Lich King’s zones and encounter design before moving on to class design for Cataclysm and then lead encounter designer for Mists of Pandaria.
Wowhead has the highlights of the talk if you want the TL;DR version, although you could just settle in to watch the full video after the jump.