Blizzard’s bad-news year continues with another co-founder’s departure

Job’s done — News comes amid period marked by layoffs, focus on existing IP, and a lack of new games. Sam Machkovech – Jul 19, 2019 10:02 pm UTC Blizzard EntertainmentFrank Pearce, one of Blizzard Entertainment’s three original founding staffers, announced his intention to leave the game-making company on Friday, effective immediately. Pearce’s announcement came…

Blizzard’s bad-news year continues with another co-founder’s departure

Job’s done —

News comes amid period marked by layoffs, focus on existing IP, and a lack of new games.

Sam Machkovech
– Jul 19, 2019 10:02 pm UTC

Blizzard EntertainmentFrank Pearce, one of Blizzard Entertainment’s three original founding staffers, announced his intention to leave the game-making company on Friday, effective immediately.
Pearce’s announcement came via a Friday blog post at Blizzard’s official site, which was appended with a note from current Blizzard president J. Allen Brack. The combined blog post indicates that last year, Pearce “stepped into an advisory role to help with the transition,” which seems to indicate that his departure has been some time coming. It’s unclear whether this advisory-transition period began anywhere near the time another Blizzard co-founder, Mike Morhaime, left the company in October 2018.
The departure of Pearce as chief development officer leaves only one of Blizzard Entertainment’s original co-founders, Allen Adham, at the helm.
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