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Michael Morhaime Bio
|Michael “Mike” Morhaime was born on November 3rd, 1967. He is a co-founder and the former president of Blizzard Entertainment (founded in 1991 as Silicon & Synapse), a video game developer located in Irvine, California, owned by Activision Blizzard.
Morhaime served as President of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. When Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. became a subsidiary of Vivendi Games in January 1999, He served on the Vivendi Games executive committee.
Morhaime went to school Granada Hills High graduating in 1985. He is also an alumnus of Triangle Fraternity and received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 1990 from UCLA. He is a member of ETC, a metal band formed of and by Blizzard Employees, where he plays bass guitar.
|Michael Morhaime Age||November 3rd, 1967|
|Michael Morhaime Wife||Amy Chen|
|Michael Morhaime Nationality||American|
|Michael Morhaime Education||The University of California, Los Angeles (BE)|
|Michael Morhaime Employer||Blizzard Entertainment|
|Known for||Co-founding Blizzard Entertainment|
|Awards||AIAS Hall of Fame Award (2001)|
|Michael Morhaime Net Worth||He has an estimated net worth of $1.8 billion|
Michael Morhaime Early life
While in sixth grade, Morhaime, along with his brother and sister, purchased a video game console called the Bally Professional Arcade, first released in 1978. Morhaimefigured out that the console was programmable and was able to write simple games on it, building off of example programming code he found in a gaming newsletter. As an electrical engineering student at UCLA, Morhaime prefered hardware than software. “I procrastinated a lot,” he admitted. Things changed after getting an internship at a San Jose microchip company. In his internship, he learned about circuit design, and when he returned to school, he was ahead of his computer architecture class. “I used to be the guy that sat in the back,” he said. But after his stint in Silicon Valley, he said, “I started sitting up front.” During the period, Morhaime met the two other people with whom he would create Silicon & Synapse, the company that would be renamed later as Blizzard. The initial founders – Morhaime, Allen Adham, and Frank Pearce – rented a small office in Irvine, California, where the proximity to other companies was hoped to be advantageous to them.
Michael Morhaime Blizzard Entertainment
In 1995, Blizzard released Warcraft II, its first number one selling game. Blizzard’s greatest success came with a hard but not unwelcome lesson. While planning for the release of World of Warcraft (WoW) in late 2004, Morhaime thought that the market for the much larger and more interactive new game -the first in their history to require players to pay a subscription fee on a monthly basis- would grow slowly and would be an unpopular surprise to the gaming community. “We felt it was very likely the fee would be a deterrent for people, and that WoW would not sell as quickly as some of our previous games,” he said. All of Blizzard’s production and marketing decisions were based on that assumption. However, to Blizzard’s surprise (and in a short time frame, terror) WoW sold extremely quickly, leaving the underprepared Blizzard unable to keep merchants supplied with the game for a short time. “For the whole first year, we scrambled to keep up with demand,” he said. “It probably took years off of our lives.” World of Warcraft had approximately 11 million subscribers as of 2010.
On October 3rd, 2018, Morhaime announced he was stepping down as the company president and CEO, but will remain an advisor to the company. Morhaime was replaced by J. Allen Brack, the executive producer on World of Warcraft. His advisory role concludes on April 7th, 2019.
Michael Morhaime Honors and awards
In 2008, Morhaime was honored at the 59th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards for Blizzard’s creation of World of Warcraft. Along with John Carmack of id Software and Don Daglow of Stormfront Studios. Morhaime is one of only three designers or producers to accept awards at the Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards and the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Interactive Achievement Awards. Morhaime received the national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Technology category in 2012.
In 2015 Morhaime received the IGDA (International Game Developers Association) Game Innovation Spotlight Award.
Morhaime was inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences’ Hall of Fame in 2008.
Michael Morhaime Wife, Amy Chen
Morhaime is married, and his wife’s name is Amy Chen.
Amy Chen is Head of Esports at Blizzard. She has also served as Sr. Director of Business & Operations and International Operations at Blizzard.
She graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a BS in Cognitive Science and a minor in Computer Science/Computing.
Morhaime is also a poker player, and he reached second place in edition 2006 of DICE’s Celebrity Poker Tournament. In the last round, he faced Scott Fischman and Perry Friedman (World Series of Poker professionals), and Ray Muzyka, co-founder, and CEO of video game developer BioWare. After a 45-minute game, Muzyka won, and Morhaime placed second overall in the tournament.