Mike Morhaime, known as the co-founder and the president of Blizzard Entertainment has stepped down after spending 14 years as CEO and 27 years at the company he founded with Frank Pearce and Adam Allen.
He expressed his feelings by saying on the website of the company “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. I will now serve as an advisor to the company I so love and admire.”
While Morhaime immediately reported that he would stick around as advisor in the company and the successful Vice President of World of Warcraft, former executive producer, J. Allen Brack was declared as the new President, working in the company since 2006.
Morhaime also showed his respect to his longtime friend “J. 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, and together with the rest of the dev team helped deliver an experience that is unprecedented in our industry. I couldn’t be happier for J. and know that Blizzard will continue to make great games with him at the helm.”
Allen Brack also responded in a fuller statement later and explained “ Today has been a swirl of emotions. First, I feel a deep sense of gratitude to Mike. His work on some of our industry’s most iconic games is the reason I came to Blizzard. Not only is he an inspiring leader, but he’s also been a wise and patient mentor to me during my time at Blizzard. And he’s been a good friend. Joining the World of Warcraft team and my favorite game company nearly 13 years ago was an unimaginable dream. Now, to be chosen to lead Blizzard into the future is both a huge honor, and a tremendous responsibility.”