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Co-founder and former CEO of Blizzard Entertainment Mike Morhaime will be departing from the company for good this April. According to an SEC filing from Activision Blizzard, Morhaime’s advisory role will end Apr. 7.
“As previously disclosed, on October 3, 2018 Michael Morhaime entered into an agreement with Activision Blizzard, Inc. (the “Company”) pursuant to which he would provide strategic advice to the Company in an advisory capacity. Mr. Morhaime’s employment with the Company as a strategic advisor will conclude on April 7, 2019,” the filing reads.
This looks to be the conclusive end of an era. Morhaime co-founded Blizzard (then named Silicon and Synapse) in 1991 together with Allen Adham and Frank Pearce and has been one of the faces of the company since. In October, however, he stepped down as CEO, gave his last Blizzcon opening ceremony speech and passed the torch to WoW executive producer J. Allen Brack.
The exit of Morhaime is another in a long string of corporate shake-ups at Activision Blizzard. Last year, the company lost key senior figures in its Hearthstone team, including game director Ben Brode — a Blizzard employee of 15 years. Last December, the company shut down its Heroes of the Storm esports program and shifted developers to other projects. And this January alone, Activision Blizzard parted ways with two CFO’s in the span of a week, and ended ties with Destiny developer Bungie.
H/T Dot Esports