As co-founder and former CEO of Blizzard Entertainment, Mike Morhaime’s nearly three-decade career as a leader in gaming has had a profound impact on the industry and beyond.
Under his leadership, Blizzard produced some of the most widely recognized and globally played franchises in all of gaming, with more than twenty #1 games, multiple Game of the Year awards, and widespread critical acclaim. These franchises include Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, StarCraft, Warcraft, and Diablo. Mike led efforts to help grow the company from a Southern California startup to an international powerhouse with regional operations in more than a dozen countries, including China.
Mike’s passions extend beyond gaming, and he’s been a staunch advocate for bringing communities together, creating inclusive environments, and striving to have a positive impact on the world at large. He’s been a supporter of numerous charitable efforts, and during his tenure, Blizzard helped raise millions of dollars and awareness for charity partners, including Make-A-Wish, Girls Who Code, Children’s Hospital Orange County, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and many others.
Mike has been honored by numerous organizations, including the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (technology and Engineering Emmy), Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, has been inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame, and was given the 2019 Honor Award at Gamelab Barcelona.
Mike received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from UCLA.