As if the news was about another Diablo chapter Not exciting enough, Blizzard today announced the takeover of the CEO position by J. Allan Brack.
The previous head and president of Blizzard, Mike Morhaime, retires after 27 years from the quite exhausting job and hands over the scepter Allan Brack. Brack has worked at Blizzard for 12 years and previously headed the department of the MMORPG World of Warcraft.
Morhaime is another member of the "old guard" who have been with Blizzard since the company was founded. Similar to Chris Metzen, Morhaime was one of the faces of Blizzard for many and also heralded BlizzCon for years. Morhaime was and is playful one of the biggest fans of the Starcraft franchise and was not infrequently found in the middle of the fans at esports events. It remains to be seen whether and to what extent the company's commitment to the Starcraft 1 and 2 e-sports industry will change.
Mike Morhaime does not leave the company completely, but remains available as a "strategic advisor".
The Blizzard Community, always one of the most important points for Morhaime
In his farewell letter, Morhaime also made many friendly friends for the community:
“I am also grateful to all members of the community. We have seen so much together. Not only have you been there for many of the best moments and greatest successes of my life, but you have stood by me through some of the most difficult times. I'm lucky to have met many of you personally, and the many messages, emails, tweets, discussions on Reddit and forum posts have built an incredibly strong bond between us. Even the Twitch chat. It has brought me a lot of joy and comfort and has been a great inspiration to see the brilliance, the voices of reason and the passion that exist in our communities and evolve every day. "
Allan Brack not only thanked Morhaime for the work in the news, but also spoke of many new developments: "And that's just the beginning - we're working on more games today than ever before in Blizzard history."
The complete statements of the old and the new president of Blizzard can be found on the corresponding homepage of the gaming giant. Who knows, maybe there will be more surprises than “just” a new Diablo game at BlizzCon in 4 weeks' time.