Jay Watamaniuk, veteran community manager and writer, has decided to leave BioWare. He has been with the studio for more than 20 years.
“I wanted to thank the exceptional team of writers who taught me the business of creation with empathy, patience and humour,” he wrote, adding that it was a privilege to work at the Edmonton-based studio.
Alas, my 21 year journey with BioWare has come to an end. I wanted to thank the exceptional team of writers who taught me the business of creation with empathy, patience and humour. Whatever the future holds, my work will be forever shaped by their lessons. It was a privilege
— Jay Watamaniuk (@JayWatamaniuk) July 7, 2023
The reason behind Watamaniuk’s departure remains undisclosed, but it comes after Electronic Arts announced is decision to take the operation of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic from BioWare and hand it over to Broadsword Online Games.
David Gaider, former BioWare writer and currently the creative director at Summerfall Studios, has already recommended his former colleague as a talented narrative designer, saying that “you honestly won’t find someone not only with this kind of experience but a finer human being.”
If any dev studios out there are looking for a Senior Narrative Designer, I present to you a real opportunity. Jay worked on the Mass Effects and SW: the Old Republic, and you honestly won’t find someone not only with this kind of experience but a finer human being. https://t.co/dsSee4fGp4
— David Gaider (@davidgaider) July 8, 2023
Jay Watamaniuk joined BioWare in 2001 during the development of Neverwinter Nights. He worked as a community manager for nearly eight years, helping the studio build communities for titles such as SWTOR and Jade Empire.
Watamaniuk eventually became part of the writing team, working on various DLCs for Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3. He also contributed to the pre-production of Mass Effect Andromeda, creating pitch docs for player missions, gameplay, and choice models.
On Anthem, Watamaniuk served as one of the lead writers and narrative designers before moving on to Star Wars: The Old Republic as a senior writer.
Watamaniuk is not the only BioWare veteran to leave the studio this year. In January, Dragon Age: Dreadwolf production director Mac Walters announced his departure after nearly 20 years. His portfolio includes titles like Jade Empire and Mass Effect.