Gearbox publishing boss John Vignocchi is said to be heading out just before the release of Borderlands in September 3rd. The veteran of the games industry announced on Twitter that he had left Gearbox for his “dream job”. Nintendo of America’s staff has undergone a number of changes in recent times.
Nindie advocate Damon Baker announced at the end of last year that after 12 years he was leaving the company. This followed with Reggie’s retirement in April, after which the properly named Doug Bowser replaced Reggie.
John Vignocchi is the latest person to join Nintendo of America. Vignocchi has decided to move to Nintendo after less than a year at Gearbox Publishing as an executive producer on a new franchise. He was best known as the executive producer of the toys-to-life video game, Disney Infinity, before his short stay at Gearbox.
Leaving the company was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make and I wouldn’t have done it if it wasn’t for the love and support of everyone thereVignocchi admitted on Twitter
Vignocchi said he had been working at Gearbox for a great time, where he served for about a year as an executive producer for Gearbox Publishing. He praised Gearbox founder Randy Pitchford and Editor-in-chief Steve Gibson specifically, saying they both know “how to bring out the passion and excellence of all the amazing [developers] who work there.”
Vignocchi himself already has a “lifetime” of memories from Nintendo and can’t wait in his new role to make more. He sees it as a “dream chance” and promises to give it all.
After a long run at Disney where he oversaw Disney Infinity and other products and projects, Vignocchi joined Gearbox in October 2018. Before leaving, he spent less than a year in Gearbox. Pitchford said goodbye to Vignocchi in a Twitter post where he wished Vignocchi well in his new job.