[Update: Vignocchi announced on Twitter that he’s now working at Nintendo. According to his LinkedIn page, Vignocchi is working at Nintendo on third-party publisher and developer relations]
Dear industry and personal friends: It’s official: I’ve joined Nintendo and could not be more excited! pic.twitter.com/NoVJQHAO2J
— John Vignocchi (@JohnVignocchi) May 30, 2019
Ahead of the release of Borderlands 3 in September, Gearbox Publishing boss John Vignocchi is heading out. The games industry veteran announced on Twitter that he’s left Gearbox for his “dream job” somewhere else.
“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 there,” Vignocchi said on Twitter. “They understood and encouraged me to take this role as it is truly a once-in-a-lifetime gig.”
Vignocchi said he had a great time working at Gearbox, where he served as executive producer for Gearbox Publishing for about a year. He specifically praised Gearbox founder Randy Pitchford and head of publishing Steve Gibson, saying they both know “how to bring out the passion and excellence of all the amazing [developers] that work there.”
Vignocchi didn’t say where he’s going after Gearbox, but he noted that he is going on a “bit of a road trip,” which suggests the new job is not close to Gearbox which is in Frisco, Texas.
‼️BIG NEWS ‼️
Here we go! ☺️ pic.twitter.com/PVLsKZJNW9
— John Vignocchi (@JohnVignocchi) May 25, 2019
Vignocchi joined Gearbox in October 2018 after a long run at Disney where he oversaw Disney Infinity and other products and projects. He spent less than a year at Gearbox before leaving. Pitchford said goodbye to Vignocchi in a post of his on on Twitter in which he wished Vignocchi well in his new job.
Gearbox’s next game is Borderlands 3, which is due out in September for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The company has made headlines recently not always for Borderlands 3, but behind-the-scenes controversy involving Pitchford and former employees.