I don't claim to know the man, but I know OF the man. So, Ghostcrawler has decided to leave Blizzard and speculations will always arise to why he did so. But he said, we'd find out soon enough what he was up to.
It's surprising how all you know about someone is their social media and forum posts (and Blizzcon speaking, of course) and you suddenly have an opinion about that person. I guess to an extend you can tell what someone's opinions are like from their tweets and posts, but it doesn't really tell you much - after all, words can be rehearsed. But like all people in important positions, he has to be careful what he says and he seems to always be careful with what he says so people can't infer too many bad things.
Godmother wrote a post about it, looking at it in a totally different light to what I would have. I read what she said and I am unsure what she is trying to say. It seems like she is saying that he was very social media savvy and he used the social media to announce his leaving for the best effect. I will have to ask her about that. She has chatted to him on twitter a number of times, so I am not sure what her opinion of him is, or if she thinks it really matters in the big picture.
Xsinthis wrote him a letter to say thank you. However, when reading his letter, I feel that Xsinthis, like so many others in the game think that GC is responsible for EVERY change that comes into the game. He was just a name to address complaints to, or so I thought. He even said so in his this reply to a tweet:
When I was told he was leaving Blizzard, I wondered if it was something to do with Warlords of Draenor - did he disagree with something? I went back to read the forum post he posted about his departure and he said an opportunity had come up - well, that's totally understandable, what normal person wouldn't? Besides, he must still enjoy the game, he said he would still be playing, and he would be out there on the forums whinging with the rest of us. And he plays a holy priest? Man that's weird.
But like a lot of people on Twitter, I really like looking at what GC has to say. Everything he writes is favourited and retweeted by TONS of people. It's how the world is now - we're busy nosing into everyone's business. Look even I am doing it. Fascinated with the famous, wondering what they're talking to us about!
But in the end, I wish him the best. The game will not change in his absence - there are so many people there at Blizz working on WoW, and the departure of one man, even though he was for so long the face of Blizz to the players, will not make much of a difference to the player base. I wonder who the new beating stick will be?