After an incredibly long time with the company, CEO of Blizzard Mike Morhaime is finally stepping down as head-honcho of the massive gaming giant. In his place, World of Warcraft executive producer J. Allen Brack will be leading the company, overseeing projects and making business decisions that Morhaime would have made before him. It’s a bit shocking hearing to hear this news, considering the legacy that Morhaime has left on video games.
Commenting on the Future
Both Morhaime and Brack wrote posts on the “Inside Blizzard” blog forum to explain their history with the company and their ambitions for each other in the future.
“After many years of working with some of the industry’s most talented people to create games and worlds for you to play in, I’ve decided it’s time for someone else to lead Blizzard Entertainment… (J. Allen Brack) is an inspiring leader who has shown unwavering commitment to Blizzard’s community in his 12 years with the company. His leadership on World of Warcraft leveraged his vision, creativity, and commitment to quality… helped deliver an experience that is unprecedented in our industry.”
Upcoming CEO Brack wrote:
“Today has been a swirl of emotions. First, I feel a deep sense of gratitude to Mike… to be chosen to lead Blizzard into the future is both a huge honor, and a tremendous responsibility. As I transition from leading a development team to the entire company, I’ll also have the support of our team of experienced leaders at Blizzard. The knowledge and experience that Ray and Allen bring, in addition to the talent already on the leadership team, will be indispensable in helping move Blizzard into the future.”
Allen Adham, original founder of Silicon and Synapse and lead developer of World of Warcraft, will also be contributing to the executive side of Blizzard. Considering Adham had had a decade-long break from working for Blizzard since 2004, he sure has made a comeback!
Not gone yet
Even though Mike Morhaime will no longer be leading the company, he’s not out of the picture entirely. Similar to Bill Gates, he plans to serve as an advisor to the Blizzard’s overall decisions, providing insight from his near-30-year career of experience.
Morhaime said this in closing:
“It has been an honor to serve this community for over 27 years, and I thank you for your many years of support. I look forward to being a member of the community alongside you. See you on Battle.net!
Your fellow Blizzard gamer,
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