There was something special about Monday’s post regarding the Call of Duty Championships, but with any luck, you didn't even notice. I didn't write it; my friend MacLean Marshall did. Mac has been a gamer working in the industry for years, legendary for his exploits at E3, gamescom and Poquito Mas. Mac and a small team of friends at Activision will be taking the reins of One of Swords from here, while I move on to tackle a new adventure in San Francisco. I’ve wanted to return to the Bay Area for a while now, and I've been given an opportunity back there that I simply can’t pass up. As Harry Nilsson sang, I’m going where the weather suits my clothes.
I joined Activision four years ago with the goal of building a two-way bridge between the company and its fans, simultaneously pulling back the curtain while standing in front of it. I had been given the freedom to find my voice and build a community of people who love games as much as I do. I also got to champion games like Blur and Prototype 2, shine a light on some people who don't get enough credit, and even interview my boyhood hero, Pitfall! creator David Crane. And of course, I got to meet a lot of gamers and play tons of games with them -- which is the point, really.
One of Swords was something Activision really wanted to establish, and I'm honored I was given the freedom to shape it into what it is today. But I also built the community with the understanding that it would ultimately continue whether I was here to steer it or not – just like any other editorial outlet – and I'm proud that it's proven useful to so many gamers. So while my ride here is over, rest assured that Activision's community outreach is not, and that this conversation and community will continue long past me, as you’re in good hands moving forward.
TL;DR: Keep www.oneofswords.com bookmarked!
All that's left now is the teary goodbye, but I'm not into those. So, sincere thanks for your support, and keep playing what makes you happy. My personal Twitter feed is @DanAmrich if you'd like to stay in touch.