Ben Brode Introduces the Team Members of Second Dinner

Ben Brode, who you’ll remember as the director of Hearthstone who left Blizzard back in April, has most definitely been busy in his time away from the company. A new video from Brode offers a quick look of the Second Dinner team he has taken on, which include several former Hearthstone devs.

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Second Dinner now consists of a total of five developers who are coming together to make games. These names include former Hearthstone production director Yong Woo; former senior client engineer Michael Schweitzer; former executive producer Hamilton Chu; and former Blizzard senior concept artist Jomaro Kindred.

All of the new arrivals look to be taking up the same positions for Second Dinner that they had in their prior jobs at Blizzard in what looks like a smaller but no less comfortable new studio space.

While the announcement video doesn’t give us any firm detail on just what Second Dinner is up to, the number of former Hearthstone devs in employ does seem to suggest a CCG of some sort, or at the very least some manner of online game. You can watch Brode’s happy face and the other faces of his new team in the embed below.

Our Thoughts

The energy and charisma of Mr. Brode is too infectious to ignore and we’re glad to see him in front of a camera and doing what he loves once again. While it’s still clearly early days for whatever’s next for Second Dinner, we are eagerly awaiting word on that front.

Source: Blizzard Watch

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Hearthstone Game Director Ben Brode Leaves Blizzard

Hands up if you saw this coming, because if you’re anything like us, this announcement absolutely came from left field. Hearthstone’s Ben Brode has made the decision to leave his post at Blizzard after nearly 10 years of working on the CCG and 15 years total at the company.

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“I have made the incredibly difficult decision to embark on a new journey. Man, that was a hard sentence to type,” opens Brode’s announcement on the Hearthstone forums. He goes on to espouse the virtues of the Hearthstone development team, stating that he gets “too much credit by virtue of being a public face” and assuring fans that Hearthstone is in a good place.

“The 80+ people on the development team are still there, and they are the ones actually making the cards, brawls, events, missions, and features,” wrote Brode. “I am confident the game is in the best possible hands, and I’m excited to see where a new generation of leaders takes Hearthstone from here.”

So just what will Mr. Brode be doing now? Apparently, he’s going to help start his own company, which will likely involve making games but is otherwise undetermined. “I’m looking forward to designing, programming, and actually creating things again,” writes Brode. “I am very fortunate to be able to take a crazy risk right now in my life, and I’m excited to be scrappy and a little scared.”

Our Thoughts

I’ve only had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Brode one time, but when I did so I was immediately struck by the enthusiasm and the warm demeanor that absolutely emanated off of him as we talked about a game he clearly felt strongly about. We all want to wish him the best of luck in whatever endeavors he takes on next.

Source: official forums

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