Hearthstone August game director Dean Ayala has left Blizzard after 11 years with the company.
Announcing the news on Twitter (below), Ayala revealed that August 16 is his last day with the company but did not say what his next attempt would be. His Twitter profile now jokingly says “unemployed”.
“After 11 years, I’m leaving Blizzard,” Ayala said in the post. “Hearthstone is an incredible game. To have played even a small part of its making is an honor that I will never forget. Thank you to all the players and special thanks to the creators. create the game my coworker. I’m proud of all of us building together.”
After 11 years, I’m leaving Blizzard.
Hearthstone is an incredible game. To have contributed even a small part in its creation is an honor that I will never forget. Thanks to all the players and special thanks to my fellow game creators. I’m proud of everything we’ve built together. pic.twitter.com/zhc0PBuOke
– August Dean Ayala (@IksarHS) September 16, 2022
Ayala goes on to thank the countless team members, past and present, along with the Hearthstone community and the friends he has made during his 11 years with Blizzard.
He joined the company as a quality assurance analyst in 2011 before moving into a game design role with Hearthstone in 2014. Within two years, Ayala had become a lead game designer. and in February this year became game director.
Hearthstone has been going strong since 2014 but has faced some criticism over its monetization model in recent months and years, for those who like to sell a single card for $25. However, looking to re-engage some players who have left the game, Blizzard recently offered some packages up to 150 – worth almost $200 – to get back in the game.
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