Monday, November 9, 2015

Onward to New Opportunities within Blizzard and BlizzCon 2015

 Onward to New Opportunities within Blizzard

It's been an incredibly busy year, and among the plethora of activity during 2015, I accepted an exciting new position at Blizzard as a Media Artist within Story and Franchise Development (formerly known as Cinematics) and Video and Post Production, which I started in early June. At the time I was also supporting the launch of Heroes of the Storm while I slowly transitioned away from my various Community Manager responsibilities behind-the-scenes.

I made this announcement official back in August with this goodbye post on the official Heroes of the Storm forums, and I wanted to share it here as well:

For over six years I’ve served on Blizzard’s Community Team, and together we’ve shared many adventures across the sprawling realms of Azeroth, Sanctuary, the Nexus, and more. From Diablo III design discussions to Warcraft fan art features and contests, I’ve enjoyed connecting with so many of you online and in person at conventions, but alas: my time working in community is coming to an end as I explore new opportunities within Blizzard. 
I’ve loved community work and all its intricacies for many years, way back even when I was making World of Warcraft PvP videos, blogs, and fan art in my spare time, and being ingrained on Blizzard’s Community Team has been a wildly fulfilling ride on so many levels. So it was only after a lot of profound soul-searching these last few months that I came to realize that what I was craving was to move in a more artistic direction professionally, which would ultimately take me away from the Community Team and onto the creative powerhouse known as Story and Franchise Development, which houses Video and Post Production, Blizzard Animation, Visual Media, Creative Development, and more.
On one hand, I couldn’t be happier for this opportunity, but on the other, it is with a bittersweet heart that I will have to step back from the usual Community Manager duties, blue text, and flavorful Twitter Takeovers. But fear not: I won’t be far! :)
I know I’ve said it many times over the years, but I wanted to thank all of you for your passion for all things Blizzard, and for continuing to offer your insight and feedback so that we can make the best games and community we possibly can. It has been an absolutely wonderful journey thus far, and I’m excited to see what the future will bring with so many developments on the horizon.
Be kind to each other, keep in touch, and I’ll see you at BlizzCon!
-Kimberly “Vaeflare” LeCrone
P.S. – Velociraptors are still the best dinosaurs.

You can read my goodbye post here on the official Heroes of the Storm forums

My time spent in my new position been absolutely wonderful. I adore my new team and my responsibilities, and I relish the opportunity to be creative in my day-to-day. :) I can definitely tell you that after over six years as a Community Manager with Blizzard, it was a welcome change to step into a full-time artistic role once again, and I'm incredibly thankful for the opportunity to switch careers (of a sort), and yet still stay within the same company I know and love.

It was super exciting to see my name in a new section of the credits for StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void as well!

BlizzCon 2015

Nearly every year, my employer (Blizzard Entertainment) puts on a massive two-day convention celebrating all things Blizzard. It's a fantastic spectacle to see, and it's been wonderful to spend time connecting with players from around the world (I believe something like 25,000 people are in attendance: wow!). You can find out more about BlizzCon here, and if you're unfamiliar with Blizzard Entertainment, you can find out about them here.

This year's BlizzCon was a little different for me, however. Whereas I used to have one set of diverse responsibilities for BlizzCon as a Community Manager representing one or more franchises, instead this year I had the incredible opportunity to see some of the many projects my new team and I have been collaborating on up on the big screen during the opening ceremony and during panels: crazy! You can watch the action-packed opening ceremony here:

Congrats to everyone involved in making BlizzCon 2015 a jam-packed success! Now it's time for me to watch the VODs of all the panels I missed... ;)

Did you tune in for BlizzCon? If so, what was your favorite announcement?