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Diablo 3 Podcast #84: Jay Wilson’s Resignation

Posted 20 Jan 2013 by

Flux and Elly chew over Jay Wilson’s surprising and sudden resignation as Diablo 3’s Game Director. What, why, when, where, who, how, and more, all discussed on this show.

Jay’s surprising departure spurred another surprise; the return of Elly to The Diablo Podcast. (With any luck she’ll return fairly soon, as we’ve got a 2012 Year in Review show in the works.) Neither of us exactly “knew” Jay, but we’d had interactions with him and some brief in-person conversations, and we’ve certainly observed the highs and lows of his work, both in Diablo 3 and as a spokesperson for Blizzard Entertainment.

Topics covered on this show include:

  • The resignation news and the timing of the news.
  • Rob Pardo recruited Jay to run the D3 team and he (and others at Bliz) still support him.
  • How must it have felt for Jay to work 6.3 years on D3 before it was released, for the release to be rocky, and then to become a punching bag for every disaffected fan.
  • How Jay aged 15 years during D3’s development and how we could judge the game’s progress and crunch time by the hollows under Jay’s eyes at game conventions.
  • The infamous “F that loser” event and its fallout, and how Jay once again took bullets for the team.
  • Jay’s mysterious future at Blizzard.
  • Who will be the new D3 Game Director? Why might they benefit from bringing in an outsider with fresh ideas.


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