Blizzard Entertainment, the gaming giants behind popular games like Overwatch and World Of Warcraft is yet again seeing the departure of another long-time executive and co-founder. Frank Pearce, who co-founded the company back when it was known as Silicon & Synapse, announced that he has decided to move on from the developer after an incredible 28 years.
Pearce commented on his departure, sharing the news in a statement published on Blizzard’s website. While the statement does not suggest he’s leaving for another company; instead, he talks about spending more time outdoors and pursuing other passions, like learning to play an instrument. Essentially, just hinting at taking time away for himself and his family.
Blizzard president J. Allen Brack also released a statement on Pearce parting ways with the company in which he talks up Pearce’s role, despite the fact that he hasn’t been in the most public-facing of roles.
“Like many of us, Frank is an introvert,” Brack wrote. “Thus many of you haven’t seen a lot of him publicly, nor seen the deep impact he’s had on Blizzard, and on the culture specifically. But 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.”
Pearce’s departure comes less than a year after Morhaime announced his departure from Blizzard. The other co-founder, Allen Adham, left Blizzard in 2004, but soon returned to the company in 2016.
Brack called Pearce an integral, though not always prominently visible, member of Blizzard and a key influence in how the company has grown.
His departing statement read;
“Many of you haven’t seen a lot of him publicly, nor seen the deep impact he’s had on Blizzard, and on the culture specifically,” Brack said. “But 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.”
“I have worked very hard and very passionately for a very long time,” Pearce said. “Now it is time for me to reflect and be thoughtful about what comes next. I plan to spend more time active in the outdoors. I’d like to learn to play an instrument. I hope to devote more time to aspects of my life that may not have gotten as much attention in the past. One thing is for certain – I will continue to be a part of the Blizzard family.
“My request and hope for all of you is that you continue living the Blizzard values and that you be kind and respectful to one another as you experience what Blizzard creates in the future. Blizzard is a special place and a special community, and everyone with whom you interact is important to the Blizzard journey as it continues forward. Thanks to everyone for the wonderful past I have enjoyed, and thank you in advance for the great future I expect we will share.”