Blizzard president and co-founder Mike Morhaime has announced he’s leaving his role in the hands of World of Warcraft’s executive producer J. Allen Brack, after 27 years in 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,” Morhaime said in an open letter.
“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.”
Allen Brack will have more support in leading the company now. Ray Gresko, a 10-year veteran of Blizzard who helped create both Overwatch and Diablo III, is now the company’s chief development officer.
Allen Adham, Blizzard’s original founder and lead designer of World of Warcraft, will join the executive team while continuing to oversee development of several new games.
We don’t know what these games could be, even though a new Diablo title is rumored to be revealed at BlizzCon later this year.