Blizzard Co-Founder Frank Pearce Is leaving the company after 28 years of working there. He founded the company along with Mike Morhaime and Allen Adham. Frank Pearce left the game developer company after working for 28 years. He announced his departure in a joint statement with the company president.
Pearce was a programmer for the the games The Lost Vikings, Blackthorne, diablo, and StarCraft. Afterward, he took the position of chief development officer at Blizzard.
“The time has come for me to step away from Blizzard and pass the torch to the next generation of leaders. My journey as part of the Blizzard community began over 28 years ago. Allen offered me an opportunity to join him and Mike in their adventure and dream to make video games,” he stated.
Blizzard Entertainment is a video game developer and publisher and was founded under the name of Silicon & Synapse,Inc. In 1991. In 1994, they renamed as Chaos Studios and then finally got the name Blizzard.
Frank Pearce left the company to spend more time with himself. In his statement which is released on their official website, he seems very content with his time being spent in Blizzard environment.
“I have worked very hard and very passionately for a very long time. Now it is time for me to reflect and be thoughtful about what comes next. I plan to spend more time active in the outdoors. I’d like to learn to play an instrument, hope to devote more time to aspects of my life that may not have gotten as much attention in the past,” he stated.
He said he will be always a part of Blizzard family.
“My request and hope for all of you is that you continue living the Blizzard values and that you be kind and respectful to one another as you experience what Blizzard creates in the future. 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.”
He seemed nostalgic in his final lines where he thanked everyone.
“Thanks to everyone for the wonderful past I have enjoyed, and thank you in advance for the great future I expect we will share.”
Company president J.Allen Brack also bid him goodbye on the official website. He described Pearce as an introverted person but an influencer.
“Like many of us, Frank is an introvert. Thus many of you haven’t seen a lot of him publicly,nor seen the deep impact he’s had on Blizzard, and on the culture specifically. But Frank has been here from the beginning, building, and expanding the foundation and championing the values behind everything Blizzard does, he stated in the official website.