MIT Media Lab, E14 3rd Floor Atrium
As the chief creative officer of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., Rob Pardo is dedicated to ensuring that each Blizzard Entertainment title offers players the epic entertainment experience on which the company has built its reputation. Based on the achievements of Blizzard games under his direction, Pardo was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world and The Wall Street Journal named him as one of the top 25 power players in the game industry. Pardo has been a keynote speaker or lecturer at industry events such as the Game Developers Conference, the D.I.C.E. Summit, and TED conferences. In his current role, he provides overarching creative direction for World of Warcraft and leads a group of highly experienced development teams working on upcoming projects, including Blizzard's unannounced next-gen MMO project. Recent Blizzard Entertainment titles to reach players under his leadership include StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, Diablo III, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft and all of World of Warcraft's record-setting expansion sets including Mists of Pandaria. Pardo also provides game design oversight and mentorship on all Blizzard games.