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Warcraft, Diablo co-creator Chris Metzen retires

Blizzard Entertainment's Chris Metzen retires to spend more time with family
By: Sean Ridgeley | Business, Financial & Legal News | Posted: Sep 13, 2016 7:02 pm

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.




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, 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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