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Blizzard co-founder Mike Morhaime has announced his resignation as President of Blizzard Entertainment.

Mike Morhaime is a name synonymous with Blizzard—he has been at the helm since its founding as Silicon & Synapse in 1991. Morhaime has been CEO of Blizzard Entertainment since 2008. J. Allen Brack will be his successor. Morhaime will remain in an advisory role with the company. Brack has been with the company for 12 years.

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Morhaime said in a Blizzard news post, “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,” Morhaime added, naming his successor.

Morhaime left a very important message for the Blizzard community.

Morhaime left a very important message to Blizzard and the millions of people who play their games. “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.”

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