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I am happy to announce today that we’ve partnered with Rob Pardo, former Chief Creative Officer at Blizzard Entertainment.  Rob will be a Creative Advisor to Unity and to our community of game developers and designers.  Starting next month, Rob will start on a global tour of Unity’s community of developers. Rob is one of the videogame industry’s most respected and influential voices and has played an integral part in the creation and upkeep of some of the world’s most famous and beloved gaming franchises including credits as Lead Designer on World of Warcraft, StarCraft: Brood War, and Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos.

We’re proud of our relationship with Rob and and we’re setting up the tour so that many Unity developers will have the chance to meet Rob, and talk about game design. Rob will meet developers in North America, Europe, and Asia to discuss creative process, game design, industry trends, and keys to making successful games. In addition to visiting individual studios, Pardo will also make appearances at select local Unity community developer groups to share observations and discuss the industry.

We’ll share a more complete itinerary at a later date, but for now, we wanted to introduce Rob and the tour.  He’ll be posting on Unity’s blog from time to time to update us on his travels and what he’s learned.

— John R


rob_pardo_headshotHi everyone! It’s great to be part of the Unity community.

When I met John Riccitiello, we connected in a very positive way.  We both share a love of games and believe the entire industry benefits when we share knowledge and ideas. In a sense, I am on a vision quest, as I embark on what’s next for me. As part of that, I have a tremendous appetite to learn, get to know people and projects and share what I can, creatively and based on my experiences. So I could not say no when John invited me to get involved with a project to tour Unity’s great community of developers.

While I was at Blizzard, we used Unity to develop a little game called Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. So it’s extra fun for me to be more directly involved with the team at Unity that created the technology we used.

After years steeped in the games business, my passion remains the same at its core: I love games, discussing design and creative process and I find it fascinating to see how different people work differently.

We’re seeing a new golden age of games currently with an amazing catalog of games, with more breadth and diversity than ever before; there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re into hardcore AAA shooters, deep strategy games, quirky platformers, or more avant garde indie fare, it’s an embarrassment of riches.

I am very much looking forward to my tour and I hope to meet many developers with different team sizes, genres and platforms. I’ll see developers creating free to play mobile games and others who are creating premium AAA games for PC and console. I hope to offer insights from my experience designing games, serve as a sounding board for ideas, and simply sit down to muse together about game design in the new shape of our industry.

Hopefully the knowledge shared and gained in these meetings will make it outside the walls where they take place. I’ll try to do my part in that sense by writing about my experiences while traveling the world. You’ll be able to see those thoughts here on the Unity blog.

I admire Unity’s ambition to empower developers and democratize game development. I also recently got a demo for Unity 5 and I can’t wait to see what developers will do with the platform.

— Rob

16 replies on “Rob Pardo to Take Global Tour of Unity Developers”

[…] been enjoying his break judging by his Twitter feed. It looks like he is going to spend some time working with Unity as a Creative Advisor, making a global tour to meet with developers. Blizzard used the Unity engine to create […]

Neither am I, just pointing out facts.
These were your words:
only *word* “Ubuntu” is african; has nothing to do with the actual linux distribution

Clearly, I don’t think you even knew that Shuttleworth was from South Africa. But I appreciate that you at least read that up. And while this is arguable, I think, Canonical, and for that matter Ubuntu, is just about as African as he is in spite of the fact that it’s UK-based. If at some point in my career I decide to pitch my startup tent in the UK or wherever else for that matter, I would still consider my games African.

From that statement, I also kind of have a feeling you’ve not actually used the Ubuntu OS. The default look and feel of the OS is very much ‘African’. Take listen to the startup sound of some of the earlier editions here for instance. Almost everything else in there is themed after Africa. So if you do not think An OS founded by an African, looks and feels African and has an African name, is African, then I’m not sure what is. My thoughts…

PS: I know this isn’t the most appropriate place for this discussion. Just not sure where else I could have it :P

I’m also voting for an African pit stop, there is quite an active community here and we would love to host you.

Great to see all the interest from folks in Africa. As of this point, Rob’s full schedule is not yet known. Will keep you all posted.


Totally agree with the others who stated the same. This is blatant false advertising.

“North America, Europe, and Asia” is hardly “the world”. They should say “He is touring North America, Europe, and Asia” not “He is touring the entire world but all of you who are not in North America, Europe and Asia are worthless human beings. You are insignificant to us and we don’t recognize you as part of the world”

It’s offensive. All they are saying is “We are better than you, now f* off, we’re busy meeting the people who actually matter”. The entire African continent and Australia are all suddenly second class citizens not “worthy” of their time.

Thanks for that. Really appreciate being told exactly how insignificant I am to you…

Change the title or live up to your advertising!

Yes John! It’s either you change the title of that post, or you include Africa in your list of locations to tour! As a game developer from Africa, I find this post quite offensive. But I can understand that coming from EA, you have quite a narrow revenue-oriented definition for the word ‘Global’. Nonetheless, there is quite a massive opportunity for game development in these parts and Unity could/should be at the helm of it. Need I remind you that Ubuntu, the most popular Linux distro to date, comes from Africa? We may not have the numbers that you’re used to in Europe, Asia and America, but believe me, we are much more fertile soil for original & impactful ideas than all those continents put together.

My point again? Change the title, or come to Africa!

Best, K

I’m not having an internet argument with you
Canonical a UK-based privately held computer software company founded (and funded) by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth

So no chance for Africa to benefit from this bright mind? How is it a global tour when Africa is excluded.

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