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Jeff Kaplan, Blizzard’s Overwatch Director, Has Left the Company

Jeff Kaplan

You might not know Jeff Kaplan by name, but you’d sure as hell recognise the Overwatch director by his face.

Aside from being the director of Overwatch, Blizzard’s hugely successful multiplayer FPS, he’s been the spokesperson for the game since it launched five years ago, appearing in virtually every official Overwatch video. The game itself has gone to strength to strength to the point where there’s an official Overwatch league and an Overwatch 2 waiting in the wings.

However, Kaplan has announced that he’s going to be leaving Blizzard after nineteen years with the company. In an announcement on the official Overwatch website, he wrote:

“I am leaving Blizzard Entertainment after 19 amazing years. It was truly the honor of a lifetime to have the opportunity to create worlds and heroes for such a passionate audience.”

He went on to praise the people, past and present, who shared and will share Overwatch’s development with him. The same announcement also revealed that Aaron Keller, an Overwatch developer who’s spent 18 years working at Blizzard will be stepping into the director role.

It’s not clear how, if it all, this will affect Overwatch 2’s development, or what Kaplan has planned next, but we wish him luck wherever he Kap-lands.


Weekend Editor // Chris has been gaming since the days of the Acorn Electron, which was allegedly purchased to 'help him with his homework'. You can probably guess how well that went. He’ll tackle most genres – football titles aside – though he has a taste for games that that are post-apocalyptic, horror-oriented or thought provoking in nature.