A Message from Mike Morhaime

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Dear Members of the Blizzard Community,

When Blizzard’s founder Allen Adham first invited me to join him in creating Silicon & Synapse (our original name), nothing could have prepared me for the amazing adventure that we would share for the next 27 years. Our original mission and values consisted of four simple words that formed our foundation: “We make great games.” We crafted that statement before we had even released our first game, but we were committed to living up to it.

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. My duties as president of Blizzard will be assumed by my friend, colleague, trusted advisor, and longtime steward of World of Warcraft, J. Allen Brack.

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.

I am grateful to all of the hardworking and talented people at Blizzard for their dedication and creativity. Their belief in our mission and care for our players has helped Blizzard reach greater heights than I ever could have imagined.

I am also grateful to all of you in the community. We have been through so much together. Not only have you been with me through many of the greatest moments and biggest triumphs of my life, but you have also been there through some of the most difficult. I am fortunate to have been able to meet many of you in person, while the many messages, emails, Tweets, Reddit discussions, and forum posts have provided an unbelievable connection as well. Even Twitch chat. It has always brought me joy, comfort, and inspiration to see the beacons of brilliance, voices of reason, and the passion that exists and evolves every day in all of our communities.

When we started Blizzard we just wanted to make great games. What we realized is that the games we create are really just a framework for communities and human interaction. When we look back, what we often find that’s most lasting and meaningful from our experiences in games are the relationships we create and foster. You have given me the inspiration and drive to pour my heart and life into what I do. I literally couldn’t have done any of it without you. We have created these worlds, but you have given them life, through your passion, fan art, cosplay, videos, and in so many other ways.

I truly believe that this amazing community has the potential to be a shining light to the rest of the industry by setting a positive example of inclusivity, tolerance, and acceptance toward others. In the words of one of Blizzard’s core values: remember to always play nice; play fair. I know this community is capable of changing the world.

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,
Mike Morhaime
i was about to unsub. Then i read in the other thread that Allen Adham is back. Thanks for your resilience and effort! may the light be with you Mike.
This is both a sad day and one filled with joy.
*Nods with respect*
thank you for 12 wonderful years of ups and downs...
Al diel shala...

ps...can i have your stuff..:)
04/10/2018 09:06Posted by Taepsilum
When we started Blizzard we just wanted to make great games.

But you didn't.

You made the greatest games.

And thank you so much for that.
I like this humble guy. I also read this article with Mike's voice. Wish we could duel in Hearthstone.
I blame Activision for this.
Both sad and happy at the same time. I’m sure we will still see Mikes influences in our beloved games. Good luck Mike and thank you for all the hard work and dedication.
A salute to one of the greatest legends in the games industry.

Have a good one.
This is just a life line to ress what is left of the BfA screw up.

The sh.. has hit the fan ....
04/10/2018 10:25Posted by Jito
04/10/2018 09:06Posted by Taepsilum
When we started Blizzard we just wanted to make great games.

But you didn't.

You made the greatest games.

And thank you so much for that.


Jito coming in hot for that MVP title.
04/10/2018 14:02Posted by Deenn
04/10/2018 10:25Posted by Jito
...
But you didn't.

You made the greatest games.

And thank you so much for that.


Jito coming in hot for that MVP title.


Lol
This is the begining of the end.
04/10/2018 14:02Posted by Deenn

Jito coming in hot for that MVP title.

he already had it, but relinquished it in favour of speaking his mind..:p
I'm not sure what's worse, the leaver or the guy replacing him.

Usually when someone leaves there is a big poopstorm coming about something.
Ave atque Vale
04/10/2018 09:06Posted by Taepsilum
Even Twitch chat

:)
Thank you so much for all the happy gaming moments you've given med in those 27 years. I still remember the first time I played Warcraft in the basement, as a kid.

Now, all grown with kids in my own, I still enjoy your games.

Thank you, and god bless you.

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