Co-founder Mike Morhaime leaves Blizzard after 28 years




In a statement to shareholders Activision Blizzard announces that Mike Morhaime leaves developer Blizzard. Morhaime resigned in October as director of Blizzard and will soon also be a consultant.

During the last Blizzcon, the annual fan party that developer Blizzard organizes, Mike Morhaime announced that he had resigned as director of the company he helped set up in 1991. His role was taken over by J Allen Brack, former head of the team that makes World of Warcraft. During his speech at Blizzcon, Morhaime announced that he would remain involved with Blizzard as a consultant. However, that position will also soon expire. In a SEC filing , a periodic report that stock quoted companies have to submit to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, it is announced that its advisory board will end on April 7. The SEC filing is short: a reason for the departure of Morhaime is not mentioned.

It is a troubled period for Activision Blizzard. The departure of Morhaime is not the only change in the management of the company. Earlier this year , the company lost two financial managers. First Spencer Neumann, the CFO of the joint holding company, followed by Amrita Ahuja from the Blizzard branch. At the same time, the company announces that Rob Kostich has been promoted to director of the holding company. Kostich has been working for the company for fifteen years and is best known as head of the branch responsible for Call of Duty, one of the most successful series of the publisher.

Earlier today it was announced that Activision broke the agreement with developer Bungie, which means that that studio will from now on issue the Destiny games.

Mike Morhaime – Blizzard

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