A company is more than just one person, but sometimes there are individuals who help shape a company into what it is today. For example many still associate Microsoft with Bill Gates, or Apple with Steve Jobs, and in the gaming industry, we have Chris Metzen of Blizzard, who has in the past been one of the company’s most passionate and outspoken employees.
However it looks like all good things must come to an end, and that end is here for Metzen who has just announced that he will be retiring from Blizzard. For those who aren’t familiar, Metzen has contributed to many Blizzard games in the past, and was one of the co-creators of the original Diablo.
He also helped to design games like Warcraft and its sequel, and a little trivia for those who do not know, Metzen also provided voice acting to some of Blizzard’s games, most notably Thrall in the Warcraft and World of Warcraft games. He also provided voices to a variety of units in the StarCraft franchise, and also voiced the Skeleton King in the original Diablo. He also had a cameo in the Warcraft movie as a perfume vendor!
Regarding his retirement, Metzen had this to say: “Thank you all for letting me be a special part of your community. For letting me belong with you. We’ve shared countless adventures together and I’ve always been overwhelmed and humbled by your passion for our games as well your commitment to each other. Thank you for all the BlizzCon hugs, smiles, handshakes, and stories over the years. You will never know how much you’ve all touched my heart and inspired me to give my all into this craft.”