Rob Pardo

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Rob Pardo
Rob Pardo GDC 2010.jpg
Pardo speaking at Game Developers Conference 2010
Born (1970-06-09) June 9, 1970 (age 50)
OccupationGame designer

Rob Pardo (born June 9, 1970) is the former Chief Creative Officer at Blizzard Entertainment,[1] resigning on July 3, 2014.[2] Previously he was the Executive Vice President of Game Design at Blizzard Entertainment, and prior to that the lead designer of World of Warcraft. In 2006, he was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.[3]

Pardo founded Bonfire Studios in 2016.[4] He raised $25 million from Andreessen Horowitz and Riot Games.[5]


Rob Pardo has been credited on the following games:[6]

Lead Designer
Executive producer

In pop culture[edit]

Pardo appears in animated form in the South Park episode "Make Love, Not Warcraft", which deals with World of Warcraft.


Pardo played a Wood Elf Warrior named Ariel. He was Guild master of the EverQuest guild Legacy of Steel, which accomplished many world-firsts. He met friend and former coworker Tigole (Jeffrey Kaplan) during his time in Legacy of Steel. Tigole would go on to replace him as guild leader and was eventually offered a position as designer alongside Pardo.


  1. ^ Game Industry Legends: Rob Pardo, GamesIndustry International, October 3, 2012
  2. ^ Message from Rob Pardo, July 3, 2014
  3. ^ Rob Pardo - Architect of Virtual Worlds, Time Magazine, April 30, 2006
  4. ^ Wingfield, Nick (2016-09-11). "A New Phase for World of Warcraft's Lead Designer: His Own Start-Up". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  5. ^ "Game boss interview: Rob Pardo says playtesting is critical to game design". VentureBeat. 2017-10-14. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  6. ^ Rob Pardo at MobyGames
  7. ^ Rob Pardo [@Rob_Pardo] (26 October 2012). "Its been pretty fun getting deeply involving with WOW again. The next expansion is going to be awesome :)" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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