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Veteran BioWare writer Jay Watamaniuk departs studio

Watamaniuk had been with BioWare for over 20 years, and had a hand in several of the developer's games.

Justin Carter, Contributing Editor

July 10, 2023

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Cover art for BioWare's Mass Effect: Legendary Edition.

After 21 years, BioWare writer Jay Watamaniuk has announced his departure from the studio. On July 7, he revealed that he was leaving the developer he's worked at since 2001. 

"My 21 year journey with BioWare has come to an end," wrote Watamaniuk. "I wanted to thank the exceptional team of writers who taught me the business of creation with empathy, patience and humor. [...] It was a privilege."

Watamaniuk first started as a community manager for BioWare before transitioning to an associate writer role for 2010's Mass Effect 2 and its "Lair of the Shadow Broker" DLC. He went on to write for Mass Effect and its story DLC, and helped with pre-production on 2017's Mass Effect: Andromeda

He later left the Mass Effect franchise to co-lead production on Anthem, then became a senior writer for Star Wars: The Old Republic. The MMO recently had its development shift over to third-party studio Broadsword, and some of the team is said to be transferred over as well. 

It's unclear if Watamaniuk is among those affected by layoffs by this developer change. He's another notable BioWare fixture who's left the studio this year; in January, fellow writer Mac Walters (who similarly worked on Mass Effect and Anthem) announced his own leave after nearly 20 years at the developer.

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Justin Carter

Contributing Editor, GameDeveloper.com

A Kansas City, MO native, Justin Carter has written for numerous sites including IGN, Polygon, and SyFy Wire. In addition to Game Developer, his writing can be found at io9 over on Gizmodo. Don't ask him about how much gum he's had, because the answer will be more than he's willing to admit.

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