The end of an era.
Mike Morhaime has officially stepped down from his position as president of Blizzard. The position will be filled by J. Allen Brack, now the former executive producer for World of Warcraft.
"Thanks to Mike Morhaime's wonderful stewardship and masterful job of building a truly extraordinary team, epic games and a global community of beloved players, Blizzard is one of the very best game companies in the world," said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. Kotick followed the announcement with another that Allen Adham, Blizzard's founder, and Ray Gresko, Blizzard's chief development officer, would be joining Blizzard's executive leadership team.
Following his announcement that he'd be stepping down, Morhaime posted a blog post on Blizzard's website. "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," Morhaime wrote.
"J. is an inspiring leader who has shown unwavering commitment to Blizzard's community in his 12 years with the company," Mohaime continued. "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."
Morhaime is one of the three original co-founders of Blizzard, back when it was still called Silicon & Synapse, and has been a part of the company these past 27 years. Under his leadership, the company has risen to become a video game development giant responsible for creating critically acclaimed franchises like World of Warcraft, Diablo, and Overwatch.