How Did Jeff Kaplan Rise To The Limelight?

Jeff Kaplan is an American video game designer who is widely known as the designer of World of Warcraft and Overwatch. He currently works as the vice president of Blizzard Entertainment.

Professional since 2002, Jeff has helped design numerous games. To date, Kaplan has worked for games like Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, World of Warcraft, Titan, and many more. In 2017, Jeff was awarded the Vanguard Award at the Fun & Serious Game Festival.

Jeff Kaplan’s Short Biography

Jeffrey Kaplan was born on 4th November 1972 in New Jersey, the United States. He holds American nationality and has Caucasian ethnicity. 

Jeff grew-up alongside his brother Jason in La Cañada Flintridge, California. He went to the University of Southern California and studied Creative Writing. He then enrolled at the New York University and earned his degree in creative writing.

How Much Does A Video Game Designer Earn?

According to various sources, Jeff Kaplan is estimated to own net worth of $10 million at present. Similarly, his salary at Blizzard Entertainment was reported at around $200,000 per year.

The median salary of a videogame designer is around $50,000 to $100,000 per year, whereas, a lead game designer can earn around $72,000 to $105,000 annually. The salary can vary from time and experience level of the designer.

Kaplan has been an avid video game player since his school years. He would try to play every video game he could possibly get due to the influence of the various Infocom adventure games.

Following his graduation, Jeff became involved in the massively multiplayer online game (MMO) Everquest. He joined the Legacy of Steel guest under the name Tigole and became a well-recognized player for his accomplishment.

In 2002, Jeff applied as the designer at Blizzard for Warcraft III and was hired. He initially helped with the quality assurance for Warcraft prior to its release. He joined the WoW team as the first designer alongside Pat Nagle.

From 2004 to 2008, he worked as the designer for the World of Warcraft, World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, and World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King.

In February 2009, Jeff stepped down as game director for WoW to switch his role at Blizzard to a newly announced MMO which was later revealed as Titan. Titan was considered as an ambitious project, however, was canceled in September 2014.

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The Titan team members along with Kaplan created a team-based shooter which eventually became Overwatch. The game was released on 24 May 2016 on Windows, PS4, and Xbox One.

He is the public face for Blizzard in interacting and promoting with fans of Overwatch. He regularly posts to the Overwatch online platforms and has several videos giving insight into Overwatch’s development and future updates.

Where Does Jeff Kaplan Live? Details On His Assets, House, And Lifestyle

As per various sources, Jeff is reported to reside in Irvine, California. Although Jeff has not revealed his house details, he surely resides in some million dollars mansion. The median house price in Irvine starts around $858,900 with an annual property tax of $6,141.

Previously, Jeff was reported to reside in lower Bel Air 60,000 square feet house. The house surely cost him thousands of dollars.

The video game designer is seen riding around expensive whips but their details are not out yet. His expenses can be based on his travel, food, cars, and accommodations.

Who Is Jeff Kaplan Married To?

The 47-year-old Jeff is a married man. He tied the knot to Angela a long time back,

The couple first met in their 20s and eventually fell in love. They are living a low-key happy conjugal life with their family.