PAX West sent out a newsletter to inform that World of Warcraft® Game Director Ion Hazzikostas will deliver a PAX West 2018 Keynote titled “Storytime”

SEATTLE – Aug. 13, 2018 – Ion Hazzikostas, the game director of Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft®, will deliver the opening “Storytime” keynote at PAX West 2018, taking place at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA on Aug 31.

Known by the nickname “Watcher” among the WoW® community, Hazzikostas joined Blizzard in 2008, leaving behind a career in law to become a designer on Blizzard’s popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game. His first responsibilities included designing raid encounters, balancing classes, and maintaining the achievement system for the 2008 expansion Wrath of the Lich King®, and he ultimately leveled up to become game director in 2016. Hazzikostas is currently helming the development of the Battle for Azeroth™ expansion, which releases Aug. 14.

“There really are two worlds – one before World of Warcraft, and one after,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder, Penny Arcade and PAX. “I can’t wait to hear Ion Hazzikostas share some stories from the early days of WoW all the way up to the release of Battle for Azeroth.”


Friday, August 31 at 10:30am | Main Theatre

When we pick Storytime speakers for PAX, we try to get devs with important things to say who have worked on projects that have impacted the industry in big ways. I think it’s safe to say that a plucky little indie darling hit called World of Warcraft has done just that.

As game director of World of Warcraft at Blizzard Entertainment, Ion Hazzikostas has been responsible for the overall vision and direction for the team behind the world’s most popular subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

We are extremely excited to have Ion open the 15th PAX West and we are sure that there will be a lot to go over, what with a Battle for Azeroth raging at the moment.

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