Is Jeff Kaplan going to Dreamhaven after leaving Blizzard? Rumours explored

Bruno Cooke April 21, 2021
Is Jeff Kaplan going to Dreamhaven after leaving Blizzard? Rumours explored
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Video game designer Jeff Kaplan is leaving Blizzard Entertainment “after 19 amazing years”, Overwatch announced yesterday. What is Jeff Kaplan’s net worth, why did he leave Blizzard, and… is he going to Dreamhaven? Rumours abound on Twitter, but Jeff Kaplan has not yet confirmed.

Jeff Kaplan net worth

Jeff Kaplan spent 19 years with Blizzard Entertainment, during several of which he was a Lead Game Designer.

As per Famous People Today, Kaplan’s estimated net worth is in the region of $12 million. However, this estimate is based on the assumption that his salary was $200,000 per year – which would leave a large gap.

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Nevertheless, Taddlr claims his net worth to be “over $10 million”. Wealthy Persons, meanwhile, broadly concurs, estimating his net worth in 2021 to be $15 million.

Jeff Kaplan leaves Blizzard Entertainment

Kaplan was the Game Director and Vice President of Blizzard Entertainment for the last eight years, since March 2013.

To contextualise his departure from the company, he wrote a personal note, included in Overwatch’s announcement yesterday.

The note addresses his departure in general terms, and describes the experience of working at Blizzard as “19 amazing years”.

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Why did he leave Blizzard?

In the note, he described working at Blizzard as “truly the honor of a lifetime”.

“I want to express my deep appreciation to everyone at Blizzard who supported our games, our game teams and our players,” he wrote.

“Never accept the world as it appears to be”, he continued. “Always dare to see it for what it could be. I hope you do the same.”

However, Kaplan’s note does not provide any explanation for why he decided to leave the company.

Who is replacing Jeff Kaplan?

Stepping up in Kaplan’s place is Aaron Keller, a “Blizzard veteran” and founding member of the Overwatch team.

He also addressed the Overwatch community: “I’m excited to step into the game director role and continue to be part of a team that’s putting all of its heart, talent, and focus into the next iteration of Overwatch”.

“And”, he continued, “I’m honored to continue serving this incredible community.”

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Is Jeff Kaplan going to work at Dreamhaven?

Speculation about whether or not Jeff Kaplan is moving to Dreamhaven is rife on Twitter and various message boards.

The OP on a Blizzard forum thread asked fellow gamers if they “think he’ll end up in dream haven with a few other of The old legit blizzards devs that currently work there?”

Meanwhile on Reddit, several users are speculating that Kaplan is on his way to Dreamhaven. Others are merely hopeful that that is the case.

However, Kaplan himself has neither confirmed nor denied the rumours.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.