Warcraft, Diablo co-creator Chris Metzen retires

Blizzard Entertainment's Chris Metzen retires to spend more time with family.

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Published Tue, Sep 13 2016 2:02 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:58 AM CST

Co-creator of Blizzard Entertainment's Diablo, Warcraft, and Starcraft franchises Chris Metzen has retired at age 42. Starting his career as an animator and artist at the then-startup company, he rose the ranks and eventually found himself the senior vice president of story and franchise development.

Warcraft, Diablo co-creator Chris Metzen retires | TweakTown.com

Metzen says his decision was motivated by a desire to spend more time with his family, including his newborn baby. In a farewell forum post on Battle.net, he speaks fondly of his 22-year history with Blizzard, describing it as "the time of my life" and says his fellow employees were a "second family" (complete with all the ups and downs).

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