It was just a couple of days ago that Hearthstone’s Game Director, Ben Brode, said his farewell to Blizzard Entertainment. Today, it was announced that Hearthstone’s Executive Producer, Hamilton Chi wasn’t far behind. Hamilton Chu confirmed his departure from Blizzard as a reply to Ben Brode’s farewell post.
He quoted Ben’s message “Today is my last day at Blizzard. 😢 Thank you for all the laughter and fun we shared. I will miss you” and replied with “Weird! It was mine too…”
Blizzard’s official developer biography for Hamilton stated:
As executive producer for Blizzard Entertainment’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Hamilton Chu provides the leadership and direction necessary to deliver players a Blizzard-quality gaming experience. In his role, Chu is responsible for strategic planning and business operations, providing management support for the development leadership, and generally tanking issues for the team whenever necessary.
As head of Blizzard’s strategic initiatives group, his other duties include leading business operations for World of Warcraft and managing Blizzard’s creative development department. Before joining Blizzard Entertainment, Chu served as a producer on Halo and Halo 2 for Bungie before going on to sell his soul to the MBA gods.
In his spare time, Chu enjoys reading comics, writing stories, and pwning noobs of all shapes and sizes.
It is unknown at this time if it is merely coincidence or if Hamilton Chu is joining Ben Brode on his new venture of starting his own game development company. The departures of two of Hearthstone’s biggest team members has many wondering if there are any others that will follow.