In a project like World of Tanks, we can expect big changes from time to time, and yesterday was the culmination of another Era. During Wargaming Gamescom Player Party, Thaine Lyman has publicly announced he is stepping down from heading World of Tanks PC.
At our Gamescom Player Party, I announced today publicly my role change, stepping down from heading up World of Tanks PC.
I’m not at the point of revealing my next position yet, but yes, it is still within the Wargaming family, and we’re close to that point. Will update everyone when it’s the right time to do so.
I’m thrilled at what we’ve been able to do in my time on the project, I’m proud of the team we assembled and the barriers we broke down together, I’m amazed at how much I enjoy the city and people in Minsk, and I’m thankful to Victor Kislyi and the rest of the team for the faith they showed in me to take on this responsibility.
I’ve first meet Thaine at Wargaming Fest 2016 and quickly realized he is a very down to earth person. Very friendly and approachable, he shared a genuine passion for World of Tanks and was always ready to listen to anyone who wanted to share their opinion and thoughts with him.
And you can see this is true, because it was to my surprise, when he saw me at Tankfest, he remembered who I was and came straight away to greet me. It was amazing to see him during Tankfest, he used all his time to talk, share and create a bond with all Community Contributors, and any player who approached him during the event.
Thaine Lyman, together with Paul Barnett, were brought to Wargaming to introduce a more Western approach to the game and both were the force that propelled the recent changes in World of Tanks. While some of these new features still need some re-balancing, we can’t deny the game has improved since Thaine and Paul were put in charge.
Personally I’m sad to see Thaine leaving World of Tanks PC, but at the same time I’m happy for him to move on to different projects, and who knows, maybe he will still have some connection to the game in his new position. Now, all that is left for us is to wait and see, who will take Thaine position and what will happen to World of Tanks in this new Era that is just about to start.