Ghostcrawler Leaving Blizzard, Negative Comments Moderated on Wowhead

Greg Street, aka Ghostcrawler, has left Blizzard for an undisclosed opportunity. What could tempt someone away from the cash cow of World of Warcraft?

Greg Street, better known to the World of Warcraft forum community as Ghostcrawler, has announced to the public that he is leaving Blizzard.  His stated reason for leaving the gaming giant is an opportunity elsewhere and he has cryptically noted that it is unlikely he will be difficult to find.

Ghostcrawler has been a controversial figure at Blizzard for a long time, and for good reason.  As their lead systems designer, he was in charge of the team implementing most of the MMO's balance changes, and those balance changes inevitably upset a lot of people (including myself sometimes back when I played WoW in late Wrath of the Lich King/early Cataclysm days), as did his often even more upsetting explanations for them.

The source is largely free of players debating whether his departure is good or not, however, given the removal of what seems to be all negative commentary on his leaving.

The controversy of his tenure at Blizzard aside, we are now left with a serious question: what could possibly be a big enough opportunity for someone to leave a job heading one of the main teams for Blizzard Entertainment's hugely profitable MMO?

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Published Nov. 29th 2013
  • Samuel F
    Featured Contributor
    Interested to see which big name company picked him up, must be a huge opportunity on maybe an unannounced MMO or something.

    I couldn't handle his job, anything do with making decisions on buffing/nerfing things always has so much backlash you can't win.
  • TygerWDR
    Featured Contributor
    so is this a basic admission that "wowhead" is basically in Blizzard's pocket? If they were truly independent, they'd allow discussion to stand regardless of content. I also wonder if his separation wasn't as "happy" as we're led to believe. He's leaving Blizzard, will be "hard to find"... I wonder if he was paid off to leave and has a "non-compete" clause in his contract for x-years.

    I'm a cynic. Deal.
  • Germ_the_Nobody
    Nice to know that trolling isn't being allowed.
  • Wokendreamer
    Featured Columnist
    Agreed, though in this case there is a difference between trolling and criticizing. It's never right to arbitrarily delete anything that disagrees with a given point of view, and the near-total absence of any post critical of Street's performance at Blizzard is a bit too conspicuous for me to believe every comment anyone has made about disliking Ghostcrawler or what he's done at Blizzard was truly something that needed to be deleted to maintain civil discussion.
  • GabrielKross
    Featured Columnist
    It can only be a big name and not a new project, so I'd say either Sony or Microsoft picked him up.
  • Wokendreamer
    Featured Columnist
    Microsoft is actually the company I would suspect most, possibly to head up one of the new games they have coming out soon with MMO-style formats.

    He also might have signed on with Bungie to work on Destiny, as pretty much everyone is determined to make that game essentially the new WoW.

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