Blizzard Entertainment Co-Founder Retires from the Company

Alonzo Simpson
July 22, 2019

Frank Pearce, one of the co-founders of Blizzard, has officially announced that, after 28 years with the company, he will be stepping down from his role as Blizzard's Chief Development Officer.

Blizzard Entertainment has gone through some significant personnel changes over the past year or so, not the least of which saw the company lose its co-founder, Michael Morhaime.

J. Allen Brack, executive producer of "World of Warcraft", took over the position as president of Blizzard.

"The time has come for me to move away from Blizzard and pass the baton to the next generation of leaders": it is with these words that Frank Pearce announced his decision. Video games is a passion of his and the company as a whole. Pearce also looked to the future with optimism, pointing out that "There are many exciting initiatives underway, and I can't wait to see the final results".

In the same post, J. Allen Brack spoke fondly about Pearce, whom he refers to as one of his heroes: "When I moved into my new position a year ago, Frank stepped into an advisory role to help with the transition, specifically working with Ray Gresko and me on our games, culture, and the future of Blizzard". Back then, the developer wasn't known for its famous franchises like Diablo and StarCraft.

Brack does, however, confirm that Pearce will still be at Blizzard - sort of.

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"Blizzard is a special place and a special community, and everyone with whom you interact is important to the Blizzard journey as it continues forward".

Pearce said that it is now time for Brack, who succeeded Morhaime previous year, and chief development officer Ray Gresko to "define how the adventure continues".

"I was nervous not only because I was excited about the opportunity to join a company I loved, but because I was sitting face-to-face with one of the founders of Blizzard", he explained.

Frank can be intimidating, and sometimes comes across as a bit gruff. Blizzard's effect on the gaming industry was undeniable. While we are sad to see him leave the company, he more than deserves his retirement.

In his message, Pearce reflected on his long career with Blizzard and thanked his fellow employees for making the company such a great place to work for.

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