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Former Diablo III Director Jay Wilson Leaves Blizzard

by Jeff Marchiafava on Jun 06, 2016 at 09:51 AM

Blizzard game director Jay Wilson announced on Twitter that this will be his last week working at the company and in the industry as a whole.

Wilson started working as a game director at Blizzard in 2006, after serving as a designer of various RTS games at Relic Entertainment. For many Blizzard fans, Wilson is most well-known as the original game director for Diablo III – though likely for the wrong reasons. Diablo III's implementation of in-game and real-money auction houses for weapons and items spawned an outcry of criticism from gamers, much of which was personally directed at Wilson.

Wilson left the post to work on another project within Blizzard, and would later call Diablo III's auction houses a mistake; Blizzard would later go on to pull auction houses from the PC version, and hasn't stopped tweaking the game's loot system and introducing additional content since.

Wilson stated in a series of tweets that he is leaving the industry to focus on writing, and thanked his colleagues.

[Source: Twitter, via NeoGAF]


Our Take
While being Diablo III's game director made Jay Wilson the public face for the game, blaming a single individual for all of a title's real or perceived problems is simply unfair. Blizzard's continued effort to improve Diablo III is a testament to the developer's desire to make the best and most fun games possible – by all accounts Wilson shared that enthusiasm, even if players didn't always agree with all of his decisions. We wish Wilson the best of luck in his future endeavors.