Bye Blizzard!

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On October 26, 2020, Dave "Fargo" Kosak had his last day of work at Blizzard Entertainment after twelve years of service - fun fact: three days before his birthday on October 29. You know Kosak as the quest designer and lead narrative designer for World of Warcraft, who was most notably involved in the lore and quests of Mists of Pandaria. He also wrote the Sylvanas short story Dawn of Night. He held that job until December 2016, when he moved to the Hearthstone team. Behind the camera he helped with the Narrative there as well, in front of the camera he sometimes gave the mad professor and made fans laugh with his entertaining manner.

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Dave Kosak now joins developer studio Deviation Games as creative director. The studio, which is based in Los Angeles and co-founded and led as CEO by Dave Anthony, formerly responsible for Call of Duty Black Ops 1 and 2, is still relatively new. It was founded in August 2020. What kind of game Deviation Games' 50+ employees are working on is not yet known. But Kosak himself says the team is crafting "something secret." "But awesome," he adds. "I can't tell you more, but I promise you: it will make you say whoa."

Reactions from old companions from Blizzard days were not long in coming after Kosak's announcement. Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street, for instance, tweeted "Welcome to the Blizzard alumni network, old friend," effectively the network of those who "graduated from Blizzard school." And Second Dinner founder Ben Brode writes candidly that the folks at Deviation Games are super lucky to have brought Kosak on board. Needless to say, we wish Dave Kosak all the best for the future and his new projects! We're excited to see what the future holds for him and his team, as well as Mike Morhaime and his folks at Dreamhaven, and Ben Brode and his team at Second Dinner. And let's not forget Rob Pardo and Bonfire.

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