Jeff Kaplan leaves Blizzard Entertainment and his position as director of Overwatch

    
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Yeah, bye.

Everything is going super great at Blizzard Entertainment, and the proof of this can be found in the newest announcement of employment shakeups. Jeff Kaplan, a veteran of the studio who was until today serving as game director of Overwatch, has apparently departed Blizzard after 19 years. Given that this is not even the first time this month that the studio has hemorrhaged important talent, you’d be well within your rights to wonder whether there’s something rotten in the state of the studio. Here’s the painfully brief farewell letter:

Kaplan will be succeeded by Aaron Keller, who was also a founding member of the Overwatch team. Keller’s note to the community promises that there will be more to share about Overwatch 2 in the near future, although we understand if fans are a bit more anxious in wake of the fact that Kaplan is out altogether.

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Pretty amazing he stuck with it as long as he did. End of an era.

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Alyn

Bye Jeff, and now he may find a fresh start and a breath of fresh air. I wish him the best! Activision, watches the old guard leave and just shrugs it off, I guess.

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Drunk3nShaman

Bobby Kotick is the DEBIL Bobby bouche!

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Turing fail

Bobby the Hutt

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Rndomuser

Anxious? Overwatch was never a great game. It was ok but kept getting worse over time. I had way more fun playing on custom 32-player TF2 servers than I ever did at any point of playing Overwatch. Same goes for every game Jeff Kaplan was involved in, such as WoW. I wouldn’t say Blizzard lost a lot with him leaving it.

There are also no irreplaceable people. You can always find new ones which can do just as good job or better.

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Karetyr

That’s your experience, but not everyone’s.

For example, I love Overwatch and still play it almost daily.

This news is troubling. I want to know why Jeff left.

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Dankey Kang

That makes sense, TF2 is in a different league to OW. The first couple of years for TF2 were legendary, custom maps and gamemodes, community servers with voice overlays etc… See that’s the one thing that OW never had; it never had the soul that TF2 had and it never will.

It used to be a case of we’ll give you the tools and you build the themepark, now Blizzard builds the rides and you have to ride them exactly how Blizzard mandates (or risk getting sued). OW is a competent Arena Shooter/Party Game but that’s as far as it goes really.

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Bannex

Impending sale to tenecent inc!

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Brinto Sfj

If Blizzard were to be sold to Tencent, they would become a better company then they are now under Activision. Say what you want, Tencent focuses a great deal on letting their developers develop in peace of mind.

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Karetyr

Activision is awful, but Tencent is in thrall to a far worse entity.

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Bruno Brito

Tencent is a great company when it comes to leave their subsidiaries alone, altho the Riot debacle is living proof they’re are a bit TOO passive.

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Brinto Sfj

Yeah, but at least they leave the creative direction of a game to the developers instead of butting in and ruining everything. They also give money to developers with crazy ideas and even if the devs fail with their crazy idea, Tencent give them money for their next crazy idea. I guess that is what happens when the owners and top shareholders of the company are gamer otaku.

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Yangers

Why is a person leaving a job a bad thing? It happens all the time at companies – people coming and going. Are people expected to retire and then pass away still working at Blizzard?

Financially they are doing great I think? Record revenues from 2019 and 2020 it seems, and the outlook for 2021 is even better.

It’s like EA. Most hated company on the planet, yet they somehow seem to make record profits year after year.

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Loopy

Nobody is saying that people should spend their entire lives in a single company, however if you follow the context and know the history of Blizzard, this would come as a surprise. Also knowing that Kaplan was in the middle of directing the release of Overwatch 2 when he left is also a pretty big deal and generally not something that would be considered regular turnover.

Also lol at that last statement – just because a company is highly profitable doesn’t make it automatically a good place to work for.

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Sorenthaz

RIP Dinoflask videos. But also RIP to the old guard of Blizzard and the creative minds that kept Blizzard going on top for a good ~20 years give/take. Hopefully he moves on to be a part of something great, assuming he’s not just retiring altogether from game development.

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agemyth 😩

Never would have thought that Tigole Bitties himself would be the last high profile likeable face to leave the company.

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Katzvariak

Message without Capitalization probably means he hates Capitalism. kekw

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Java Jawa

I bet they are all going to Metzen’s company — that’s what I’m gonna speculate anyways.

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Sorenthaz

Pretty sure Metzen’s new company is just doing DnD campaigns and tabletop stuff. Morhaime’s Dreamhaven, on the other hand, would make a hell of a lot of sense for Blizzard veterans to possibly move over to, especially Jeff.