World of Warcraft Senior Artist Eric Braddock leaves Blizzard

    
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The brain drain continues over at Blizzard Entertainment, as World of Warcraft Senior Artist Eric Braddock announced this month that he had left the studio for an unnamed opportunity, one of many veterans to leave the company in the last few months.

“Yesterday was my last day at Blizzard Entertainment,” Braddock said on June 19th. “After eight years at my dream job on my favorite game, the time has come to say goodbye. An amazing opportunity of a lifetime has come and I can’t wait to share more about my new adventure with you all.”

Braddock worked on the past three expansions and was promoted to senior artist back in March. He’s perhaps most notable for being the creative force behind one of Battle for Azeroth’s beloved figures: “One of my most proud contributions to World of Warcraft so far is easily my creation of Taelia Fordragon, daughter of Bolvar Fordragon. She is a character I came up with, concepted, wrote her backstory, worked out her place in the lore, her personality and pitched her to our design team. I feel extremely fortunate and honored to have her in the game and am so thrilled with the way she was handled by our Quest Design team in Battle for Azeroth.”

You can check out Braddock’s art portfolio online.

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KoboldWhite

I’m sure the replacement intern will be just as good, and probably at only 30% of this old guy’s salary!

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Dankey Kang

and once they have 2-3 years of experience and start asking for a decent wage, Blizzard will offer them a fulfilling career forced redundancy so that they can be replaced with another intern!

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Brinto Sfj

If Taelia Fordragon is his best, Blizzard loses nothing when he leaves.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Taking bets, Frost Giant Studios or direct to Dreamhaven?

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Tamanous

Wise move man, wise move. Oh, and I’m sure the mass exodus of senior staff has “nothing” to do with the current HR revolution. Get out … get out now.

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Sarah Cushaway

Dead company.

Good. They deserve it after what they did to their devs and their playerbase(s).

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Stefan

Who is that from? That is pretty well done :D

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Schlag Sweetleaf

main image is from bobross/smite crossover circa 2017, painting is from Jango Jim, copyright infringement and image assembly is from me:)

welcome to MOP btw, Stefan.
/cheers

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Stefan

Aha thanks found it a nice cross over, suited considering it was about another artist leaving the company.

And thanks for the welcome :)

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Zora

Heh I wonder if Sam Didier gets a raise every time an artist leaves, just to make sure he doesn’t even consider the idea himself.

They can and most certainly will outsource everyone they can on a per-project basis as they have for years but that guy is kinda the soul of their entire aesthetic and keeping him onboard for this long can’t be easy.

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Jeremy Barnes

Do we even know that he’s still alive and it’s not a Weekend at Bernie’s situation?

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Danny Smith

The rickety ole’ ship of theseus that is modern Blizzard loses another of its old pieces and what little is left of the original ship must surely be on borrowed time at this point.

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Jokerchyld

Im not gonna call it – but Im gonna call it. Blizzard is done. Yes they will still be here. Yes they will still make games. Yes WoW will still be here and move forward. But they have lost the throne.

With talent leaving and almost every streamer I know of is either trying out other MMOs (FFXIV specifically) or raving about it. Including some hardcore WoW specific ones I was surprised to see even entertain the idea.

I dont see this trend shifting anytime soon.

Like all great things … it eventually must come to an end.

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Brinto Sfj

FF14 will never be able to kill WoW, it has its up now due to WoW’s content delay but once WoW starts pouring out content again, they will go down. The one that will kill WoW will definitely be the League of Legends mmo. The reason is obvious, too much of a large fanbase that will pour itself into the mmo.

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Stefan

Not going to argue that FF14 will topple WoW will find that unlikely for a host of reasons, most of them very little to do with actual content of both games.

But your statement ”once WoW starts pouring out content again, they will go down

Hate to be the one to break it to you but WoW never poured out content fast in its entire existence, it is a promise they kept making for as long as i can remember on every single blizzcon and it -never- happened, it actually got gradually worse over time.

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notReginald VelJohnson

Perhaps someone in the industry can set me straight here, but in a huge company like Blizzard, is it unusual for an artist to be writing the backstory for the characters they design? Those seem like separate jobs to me, requiring separate skill sets.

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Dankey Kang

The interns that do everything else probably aren’t up to the task.

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Brinto Sfj

Yes, they are separate tasks, it is the reason why Taelia Fordragon is such a terrible character.