Blizzard Entertainment co-founder and chief development officer Frank Pearce has announced that he is leaving the company after 28 years.
Pearce shared the news a blog post on Blizzard’s website. He explained the reasoning behind his decision to step down, including his belief that the company will benefit from fresh leadership.
“The time has come for me to step away from Blizzard and pass the torch to the next generation of leaders.”
Pearce expressed his pride working for a company which “positively impact the lives of so many people through the experiences we have created”. During his long career, he was heavily involved with developing iconic Blizzard titles such as Diablo and StarCraft, as well as lesser known titles like The Lost Vikings and Blackthorne.
Fellow co-founder and former president Mike Morhaime also stood down from the company in April this year. Two out of the three original co-founders have left the company; senior vice president Allen Adham is the only remaining co-founder who will lead the company into the future.
Pearce appears to have complete confidence in those in charge who will steer Blizzard Entertainment into the future.
“I know that the future of Blizzard will be amazing under their guidance. There are many exciting initiatives in the works, and I can’t wait to see the end results.”
Blizzard president J. Allen Brack also wrote a segment in the blog in which he gave a touching tribute to Pearce’s legacy. He noted that “Frank has been here from the beginning, building and expanding the foundation and championing the values behind everything Blizzard does. Blizzard is better because of Frank Pearce.”