Mike Morhaime har varit en av höjdarna bakom Blizzard i 27 år och hjälpt till att bygga upp företaget till den gigant de är idag. Sedan 2007 har han varit chef för Blizzard, men nu är det tydligen dags för honom att gå vidare. I ett öppet brev skriver han att chefsrollen kommer tas över "by my friend, colleague, trusted advisor, and longtime steward of World of Warcraft, J. Allen Brack".
Morhaime skriver även att han kommer vara kvar som rådgivare under en ännu ej fastslagen tidsperiod:
"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."
Han avslutar med att tacka sitt community som han menar är utomordentligt trevligt och ett föredöme för andra delar av spelvärlden:
"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!"
Vi önskar såklart Morhaime lycka till och hoppas han inte försvinner helt från spelvärlden.