Another Blizzard Co-Founder Is Leaving After Almost 30 Years With The Company

Another Blizzard Co-Founder Is Leaving After Almost 30 Years With The Company

Only one of the original co-founders is left now.

One of Blizzard's old guard is passing the torch on to the next generation. Frank Pearce, co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment and chief development officer, is moving on from the company.

In a message posted today from Pearce, the Blizzard mainstay discussed the early days at Blizzard. Pearce helped Allen Adham and Mike Morhaime launch Blizzard in 1991, then known as Silicon & Synapse. Over time, Pearce oversaw Blizzard's colossal rise alongside the other two co-founders. As he puts it in his message, they were making games they enjoyed.

"Our efforts were always guided by well-intentioned purpose. We made games that we wanted to play, believing that like-minded people would also want to play those games. Today we characterize it more specifically with the ambitious vision of bringing the world together through epic entertainment. I am so proud to have had the chance to positively impact the lives of so many people through the experiences we have created."

Pearce says he'll be devoting time to aspects of his life that "may not have gotten as much attention in the past," though he asserts he'll continue to be a part of the Blizzard family. In a follow-up message from current Blizzard boss J. Allen Brack, he says Frank had stepped into an advisory role when Brack moved into his new position, assisting him and Ray Gresko with the transition.

This is another major departure for the old guard of Blizzard, after Mike Morhaime's departure in 2018. Morhaime recently commented on issues at Blizzard, including regrets over not pursuing Dota earlier.

Blizzard has, in the meantime, suffered layoffs and cut costs over the past year or so. Another large shift for Blizzard now puts the reins even more into the hands of the new generation of leadership, with only Adham remaining.

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