IGDA's Jason Della Rocca Says He's Moving On

February 2, 2009 -

Jason Della Rocca, executive director of the International Game Developers Association, has just dropped a game industry bombshell:

He's moving on.

Della Rocca, who has headed the IGDA for eight-plus years, posted an announcement a short while ago on his Reality Panic blog:

It has been a wonderfully rewarding and stimulating 8+ years that I’ve served the IGDA, and it is now time for me to go. There are three key elements to my departure:

   1. There are some exciting personal opportunities that I want to pursue that simply require me to strike out on my own and step away from my role as the IGDA’s executive director. (Watch for more specific news on this after GDC, and no, I’m not starting a game development studio.)
   2. After 8.5 years of service, I won’t deny a certain amount of, uh, fatigue.
   3. Given the maturation and evolution of the IGDA, I’m not sure if I’m actually the “right guy” anymore…

Regarding #3, while I believe that my particular skills and strengths suited the needs of the IGDA along the way, the org has grown to the point where different styles of leadership should probably be explored.

Entertainment Consumers Association president Hal Halpin offered praise for Della Rocca:

The departure of Jason Della Rocca from his post as head of the IGDA isn’t just a loss for the association, it’s a loss for the sector as a whole. I am honored and privileged to have worked with him and can’t say enough about his tireless efforts and steadfast dedication to his members. I wish him luck in his new career and believe that we all owe him a debt of gratitude for the change that he was able to foster, the fruits of which we all enjoy.

GP: Jason is truly a class act; he will be missed at IGDA. We wish him the best of luck, where ever he lands.

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Re: IGDA's Jason Della Rocca Says He's Moving On

Thanks for standing up to a 60-year old hypocrite called HoneyCakes, You did what was right Jason, I would like to see that old fart troll this post right now, I hope we can live up to a great legacy you put into.

 

 

Magic Taco

Re: IGDA's Jason Della Rocca Says He's Moving On

Ah Jason is irreplaceable. It is a shame we will lose such a wonderful mind to help gamers, but at the same time...I wish him nothing but the best of luck. To whatever venture he takes from here on out, I salute thee :) 

Take care, sir! To you we owe a bit of gratitude for being a polite and diplomatic voice amongst the masses. To what ever you do, I wish you the best and greatest of success.

- James Fletcher aka The Harmless Bunny.

Re: IGDA's Jason Della Rocca Says He's Moving On

Jason, all your other accomplishments and accolades aside, special thanks go to you for coining the phrase, "massacre chaser".

Best of luck!

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"De minimus non curat lex"

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Lets hope the next guy is as good or bettter!

 


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To Jack Thompson:

No, you don´t have nothing to do with this. Don´t claim this as a new victory. It isn´t.

Thank you and keep enjoying your unemployement.

Yours truly:

Me and the entire internet.

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Re: IGDA's Jason Della Rocca Says He's Moving On

Four words for Mr. Della Rocca.

SEE YOU NEXT MISSION!!!

You will be missed.

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Re: IGDA's Jason Della Rocca Says He's Moving On

So long Jason..the manly king of gamers, thanks for a great 8 years of fun and making People like Honeycakes (JT) eat their own words. 

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