Ex-Blizzard Entertainment CEO Mike Morhaim has come up with a new game company
Mike Morhaim was the CEO of Blizzard Entertainment till 2018. Founded in 1991 by Mike and his college friends, Allen Adham, and Frank Pearce as “Silicon & Synapse”, the company went through a lot of name changes before settling on Blizzard Entertainment.
Mike stepped down as the CEO of Blizzard in 2018 and left the company altogether in April 2019. Apparently, Mike had not left the gaming industry and he announced his new venture- “Dreamhaven”
Gaming Industry veterans join Dreamhaven
Mike Morhaim will be the CEO of Dreamhaven and his wife, Amy Morhaim will be Head of Operations.
The development and publishing company is populated by former Blizzard veterans and they have announced two studios- Moonshot Games and Secret Door which is already working on a couple of undisclosed projects.
A trio of Blizzard veterans- former Hearthstone lead Jason Chayes, StarCraft II director Dustin Browder, and Hearthstone creative director Ben Thompson are heading Moonshot.
Secret Door, meanwhile, is head by a team of former Blizzard developers, including Chris Sigaty: executive producer on Hearthstone, Alan Dabiri: technical director on Warcraft III and StarCraft II, and Eric Dodds: designer on World of Warcraft and Starcraft
At Dreamhaven, Mike and his team share a common goal to “empower creators, help bring their ideas to life, and create original gaming experiences that foster meaningful connections between players.”
A culture centered around trust
In his interview with The Washington Post Mike says that “We’ve learned a ton about what goes into creating an environment that allows creators to do their best work, and we were very successful doing that for many years at Blizzard.”
They have used that experience and teamed up with a group of people they trust and share values with to give birth to Dreamhaven.