Ion Hazzikostas, the game director of Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft®, will deliver the opening “Storytime” keynote at PAX West 2018.

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Known by the nickname “Watcher” among the WoW® community, Hazzikostas joined Blizzard in 2008, leaving behind a career in law to become a designer on Blizzard’s popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game. His first responsibilities included designing raid encounters, balancing classes, and maintaining the achievement system for the 2008 expansion Wrath of the Lich King®, and he ultimately leveled up to become game director in 2016. Hazzikostas is currently helming the development of the Battle for Azeroth™expansion, which releases Aug. 14.

“There really are two worlds – one before World of Warcraft, and one after,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder, Penny Arcade and PAX. “I can’t wait to hear Ion Hazzikostas share some stories from the early days of WoW all the way up to the release of Battle for Azeroth.”

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Additional panels at PAX West 2018 include presentations from the development teams behind Capcom’s Devil May Cry 5, BioWare’s Anthem, Square Enix’s Life is Strange, and many more. The event will also feature a bounty of exhibitors on the show floor, from ranging from console manufactures and major publishers to indie studios showing off their latest upcoming titles.

PAX West 2018 takes place at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA between Aug. 31 and Sept. 3, 2018.

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