The former CEO of Blizzard Entertainment has announced his new venture today. Alongside a number of other veteran industry members, Blizzard co-founder Mike Morhaime has announced Dreamhaven, a new company with two new studios already under its banner.
Dreamhaven will act as publisher and support for two new studios: Moonshot and Secret Door. The former is led by Jason Chayes, Dustin Browder, and Ben Thompson; Secret Door, meanwhile, is led by Chris Sigaty, Alan Dabiri, and Eric Dodds. All of these leads are ex-Blizzard developers whose previous credits include Warcraft, StarCraft, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm.
Morhaime stepped down as Blizzard's president in 2018 and soon left in 2019. Various other Blizzard devs that make up Dreamhaven—like Browder, Dodds, and Chayes—departed over a similar stretch of time. Now they've gathered under Dreamhaven, and though it isn't announcing any specific projects at the moment, the publisher and studios will look to create original games that will foster "meaningful connections" for players.
"I’m excited to team up with such talented people who care deeply about games and their communities," said Morhaime in today's announcement. "I’ve always believed in the power of games to bring people together regardless of backgrounds or boundaries. With Dreamhaven, we look forward to creating and sharing new experiences with players everywhere."
With a host of Blizzard veterans leading these studios, it certainly seems Dreamhaven could have some exciting things in store. Blizzard, meanwhile, has had a number of internal struggles ranging from massive layoffs and pay disputes to an esports ruling that became something of a global incident. The publisher is currently planning its online version of BlizzCon, dubbed BlizzConline, for Feb. 2021.