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Senior Game Designer Jeff Hamilton Announces Last Day at Blizzard Entertainment
2022/04/08 at 4:50 PM
After four and a half years, Jeff Hamilton announced his last day at Blizzard Entertainment. As a senior game designer, Jeff contributed to many of the extensive systems and unique rewards found in Battle for Azeroth and Shadowlands, including Azerite, Corruptions, Shards of Domination, and items with novel special effects such as the
Pocket-Sized Computation Device
Jaithys, the Prison Blade
Rae'shalare, Death's Whisper
Known as a very friendly and approachable developer who frequently shared design insights on Twitter and the forums, Jeff helped work on the endgame zones, dungeons, and raid content found in Battle for Azeroth and Shadowlands. In addition to designing the Mythic+ Rating system in Patch 9.2 and the
Party Sync feature
to allow more players to experience the game together, he was also credited with helping redesign the Paladin class in Shadowlands, adding Holy Power back to each specialization and reintegrating it into their core gameplay and talents. Additionally, he worked on a great number of the novel special effect gear in
Battle for Azeroth
, including the Mechagon Punchcards,
Inscrutable Quantum Device
Dark Ranger's Quiver
, Shards of Domination, Azerite Traits, and Corruptions. Before joining Blizzard Entertainment, Hamilton was a QA tester at Electronic Arts, an associate designer at Cryptic Studios working on City of Heroes, and a senior systems designer at Trion Worlds working on Trove, Atlas Reactor, and RIFT.
Just a sample of the many things that Jeff helped create during his time working on World of Warcraft.
Love them or hate them, his contributions raised the bar for future development, adding substantially more unique and interesting things to the World of Warcraft. No word yet on his future endeavors, but we wish him well and thank him for all his work within the Warcraft universe.
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