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
Thank you Mike.
We're going to miss you Mike! Hope to still see you at Blizzcon!!
Thank you mike!
Thank you, Mike.

Come party at BlizzCon. Do that Mythic+ race for the exclusive goodie.
Thanks Mike for all of what you've done during your time as President of Blizzard. You helped shape a lot of great games over the years.

Hoping to see you in-game sometime as a member of the Battle.net Community. :-)

Xanlorash [The Insane]
Follow me on Twitter: @Xanlorash
Thank you Mike!
I can't believe Mike Morhaime is stepping down from Blizzard. Feels like the end of an era.
I'm sure J. will do a fantastic job, particularly with you advising! Many more years of great games ahead! :)
Thank you Mike!
/salute thanks for the game thats been part of my life for the better part of 12 years! enjoy retirement, or whatever it is you will actually be doing
Good Luck Mike Morhaime, you truly are a great guy.
Wishing you well in your future endeavors! And adding some of the wisdom from around the World of Warcraft:

Slow Down! Life is meant to be savored!

Keep your feet on the ground!

My, you're a tall one! (Ok, that one isn't really advice)
Thank you for decades of great game experiences
Thank you Mike.
Thank you for all of your hard work Mike.
Thank you Mike. and I bought 180 day sub of WoW in your name. I know J. Allen Brack will do well. I be watching you all at blizzcon.
Good luck in your future endeavors, we will miss you <3.
Well done. o7

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