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Mike Morhaime to Leave Blizzard Entertainment for Good on April 7, 2019 - MMORPG.com News

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edited January 10 in News & Features Discussion

imageMike Morhaime to Leave Blizzard Entertainment for Good on April 7, 2019 - MMORPG.com News

In October 2018, Blizzard Entertainment's long-time president Mike Morhaime announced that he was vacating his position but continue to provide "strategic advice to the company". In a new filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Delaware, Activision-Blizzard has announced that Morhaime is severing his ties completely. His last listed day of service at ATVI is April 7, 2019, a scant 5 months after being named a strategic advisor.

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  • SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News Manager The CitadelMMORPG.COM Staff LegendaryPosts: 31,278
    edited January 10
    This makes me really sad, though I hope he's leaving to enjoy retirement or to "pursue other projects" rather than exiting due to dismay over the direction Blizz is moving in. Despite Blizzard's huge success, Morhaime always struck me as a good guy who really loved making games.
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  • ScotScot UKMember EpicPosts: 10,091
    When the last person has left Blizzard can somebody from Activision turn out the lights.
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  • XasapisXasapis VolosMember RarePosts: 5,944
    What's up with all the top executives from Blizzard jumping ship lately?
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  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKMember LegendaryPosts: 19,711
    edited January 10

    Xasapis said:

    What's up with all the top executives from Blizzard jumping ship lately?



    Company is not doing well. That's what's up. image
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  • GaladournGaladourn AthensMember RarePosts: 1,631
    Pity, he was a nice guy, and probably one of the few inside Blizz that made Classic relaunch a posibility.
    Arskaaa

  • jgDuffayjgDuffay Member UncommonPosts: 166
    If i would be standing by just watching idiots crush my legacy. I would bail out too
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  • mcrippinsmcrippins Dallas, TXMember RarePosts: 1,396
    Mike Morhaime and Chris Metzen were the soul of Blizzard imo. With both of them gone, I'm nervous to see the direction the company goes. Feels like the end of an era, and I hate it.

    Mike's keynote and Chris' rallying of the Horde and Alliance were the main reasons I watched Blizzcon in the past. Not sure I'll watch this year.
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  • PhryPhry OxfordshireMember EpicPosts: 10,317
    jgDuffay said:
    If i would be standing by just watching idiots crush my legacy. I would bail out too
    Blizzards problems are internal, its like there is a cancer eating away at it inside, i don't blame him for leaving at all as by now its spread throughout the company so much that 'excising' the 'cancer' may no longer be possible.

    If this is true then its just a sign of how bad things are at Blizzard, youtube vid from heelsvsbabyface.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHq1mmmd2MY&t=0s
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  • WizardryWizardry Ontario, CanadaMember EpicPosts: 15,375
    A bunch of over paid nobodies all leaving because the LUCK ran out and can't cash in on sub par gaming anymore.If this Morhaime guy had ANYTHING to do with the lack of effort i have seen from Blizzard over  the years,selling cheap low budget games,i say good riddance to sucky games.

    IMO it was pure luck ,so on that note no matter what happens moving forward will never see the big $$ ever again.
    However to we the gamer,i got the feeling we might just start to see better games,more depth,more gameplay than simply selling Warcraft heroes and Esports.

    2 Things,i don't play games for the Esports or the streaming ,so i am not looking for the popularity vote to get viewers,i am looking for the best games to play.I also couldn't care less about ANY Warcraft heroes in my games,again i want good quality game design not just heroes.

    Know why so many speaking out NOW and not the last 5 years,they were ALL cashing in on the games,all about money and NEVER about the games.So notable players are leaving their games,this means less viewers,less sponsors,less money and now these players see it and want change,they want MORE out of Blizzard.

    These streamers and pro Esport players are terrified their easy life cash cow might disappear so are blaming Blizzard.This is a huge snowballing effect,the exact same reason Blizzard became popular was it just snowballed out of nowhere from nothing.


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  • H0urg1assH0urg1ass Austin, TXMember EpicPosts: 2,153
    DMKano said:

    Xasapis said:

    What's up with all the top executives from Blizzard jumping ship lately?



    Company is not doing well. That's what's up.
    A company that made billions from its last couple of releases is not doing well.  It's hard to imagine.

    But then again, they got woke and they're going broke.  Just like EA with Battlefield V, selling less copies than Battlefield Hardline after the guy in charge said "If you don't like us getting woke, then don't buy it!  We don't want you as a customer anyways."

    Well, according to their share prices and box sales, the shareholders did want them as customers anyways.

    2019 will be the year of developers and studios falling on their holier than thou woke swords and dying.
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  • XingbairongXingbairong SofiaMember RarePosts: 796

    Wizardry said:

    A bunch of over paid nobodies all leaving because the LUCK ran out and can't cash in on sub par gaming anymore.If this Morhaime guy had ANYTHING to do with the lack of effort i have seen from Blizzard over  the years,selling cheap low budget games,i say good riddance to sucky games.

    IMO it was pure luck ,so on that note no matter what happens moving forward will never see the big $$ ever again.
    However to we the gamer,i got the feeling we might just start to see better games,more depth,more gameplay than simply selling Warcraft heroes and Esports.

    2 Things,i don't play games for the Esports or the streaming ,so i am not looking for the popularity vote to get viewers,i am looking for the best games to play.I also couldn't care less about ANY Warcraft heroes in my games,again i want good quality game design not just heroes.

    Know why so many speaking out NOW and not the last 5 years,they were ALL cashing in on the games,all about money and NEVER about the games.So notable players are leaving their games,this means less viewers,less sponsors,less money and now these players see it and want change,they want MORE out of Blizzard.

    These streamers and pro Esport players are terrified their easy life cash cow might disappear so are blaming Blizzard.This is a huge snowballing effect,the exact same reason Blizzard became popular was it just snowballed out of nowhere from nothing.





    You do realize that as a founder to a multibillion dollar company he doesn't lack money. If you think that's why he is leaving I don't know what to say.
  • MisterZebubMisterZebub Not In ESOMember EpicPosts: 3,115
    Activison's offer to the Blizzard senior staff,


    And the reaction of Activison/Blizzard's PR department and a few million deluded fanbois







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  • CoolitCoolit Member UncommonPosts: 628
    It's a sad day when one of the old guard departs :(
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  • moosecatlolmoosecatlol Boring, TXMember UncommonPosts: 1,450
    I wonder what they'll do to dodge the claims of rampant racism taking place under Blizzard roof-tops.
  • XasapisXasapis VolosMember RarePosts: 5,944
    I wonder what they'll do to dodge the claims of rampant racism taking place under Blizzard roof-tops.
    How about claiming a sexual orientation for one of your game characters, then creating a marketing outrage against their imaginary homophobic playerbase?

    After all, that same trick worked wonders for EA and Battlefield V.
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  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKMember LegendaryPosts: 19,711

    Coolit said:

    It's a sad day when one of the old guard departs :(



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  • btdtbtdt Member RarePosts: 425
    Wizardry said:

    These streamers and pro Esport players are terrified their easy life cash cow might disappear so are blaming Blizzard.


    Heaven forbid these people have to get a real job for once in their life.  I say, the harder they fall, the better.
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  • XasapisXasapis VolosMember RarePosts: 5,944
    btdt said:
    Wizardry said:

    These streamers and pro Esport players are terrified their easy life cash cow might disappear so are blaming Blizzard.


    Heaven forbid these people have to get a real job for once in their life.  I say, the harder they fall, the better.
    It is a real job. It just has an expiration date. Lots of jobs do. Modeling is another one I can think of.
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  • AeanderAeander Walker, LAMember EpicPosts: 3,319
    edited January 10
    btdt said:
    Wizardry said:

    These streamers and pro Esport players are terrified their easy life cash cow might disappear so are blaming Blizzard.


    Heaven forbid these people have to get a real job for once in their life.  I say, the harder they fall, the better.

    I'm not into esports, but grow the fuck up. If you're doing something and getting paid to do that thing, you have a real job. There is no such thing as a fake job. They weren't being paid in Monopoly money.
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  • OG_ZorvanOG_Zorvan Member RarePosts: 1,525
    Xasapis said:
    btdt said:
    Wizardry said:

    These streamers and pro Esport players are terrified their easy life cash cow might disappear so are blaming Blizzard.


    Heaven forbid these people have to get a real job for once in their life.  I say, the harder they fall, the better.
    It is a real job. It just has an expiration date. Lots of jobs do. Modeling is another one I can think of.
    Everyone is a model now. All they do is get an Instagram. :neutral:
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  • cinderboycinderboy SingaporeMember UncommonPosts: 33

    H0urg1ass said:


    DMKano said:



    Xasapis said:


    What's up with all the top executives from Blizzard jumping ship lately?






    Company is not doing well. That's what's up.


    A company that made billions from its last couple of releases is not doing well.  It's hard to imagine.

    But then again, they got woke and they're going broke.  Just like EA with Battlefield V, selling less copies than Battlefield Hardline after the guy in charge said "If you don't like us getting woke, then don't buy it!  We don't want you as a customer anyways."

    Well, according to their share prices and box sales, the shareholders did want them as customers anyways.

    2019 will be the year of developers and studios falling on their holier than thou woke swords and dying.



    There is never enough for listed parent companies, even if they earned billions. What Activision wants is increasing profits every year, maybe 50%? So yeah, it is never enough.
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  • azarhalazarhal Somewhere, BCMember RarePosts: 1,279
    Xasapis said:
    What's up with all the top executives from Blizzard jumping ship lately?
    They don't want to do mobile games maybe?
  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKMember LegendaryPosts: 19,711
    azarhal said:
    Xasapis said:
    What's up with all the top executives from Blizzard jumping ship lately?
    They don't want to do mobile games maybe?
    Lol mobile is an untapped market for them... you saying they dont want money anymore?
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  • SupaMutantSupaMutant AtlantisMember UncommonPosts: 136

    Xasapis said:

    What's up with all the top executives from Blizzard jumping ship lately?



    They sold the company to Activision, made their money, at the cost of everything. Why stay?
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  • SupaMutantSupaMutant AtlantisMember UncommonPosts: 136

    Aeander said:


    btdt said:


    Wizardry said:

    These streamers and pro Esport players are terrified their easy life cash cow might disappear so are blaming Blizzard.




    Heaven forbid these people have to get a real job for once in their life.  I say, the harder they fall, the better.



    I'm not into esports, but grow the fuck up. If you're doing something and getting paid to do that thing, you have a real job. There is no such thing as a fake job. They weren't being paid in Monopoly money.



    So begging is a real job? Beggars beg, and they get paid. Self-employment!
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