Back in October, Blizzard announced that Mike Morhaime was stepping down as president of the company after 27 years working there. While World of Warcraft Executive Producer J. Allen Brack took over, Morhaime was intended to stay on with the studio as a “strategic advisor,” but there was still a lot of sadness and confusion at BlizzCon when Morhaime gave his final address from the stage.
But now it appears Morhaime won’t be sticking around much longer even in that abbreviated capacity. According to an SEC filing released to investors this week, Morhaime will be departing that role in April.
“As previously disclosed, on October 3, 2018 Michael Morhaime entered into an agreement with Activision Blizzard, Inc. (the ‘Company’) pursuant to which he would provide strategic advice to the Company in an advisory capacity. Mr. Morhaime’s employment with the Company as a strategic advisor will conclude on April 7, 2019.”
The news comes the same week that Activision Blizzard announced new presidents for its three core divisions: Rob Kostich, former Call of Duty franchise boss, for Activision; Humam Sakhnini, former CFO for ActiBlizz, for King Digital; and Dennis Durkin, also a former CFO, for Emerging Businesses, which is apparently ActiBlizz’s new division for products and esports. Brack will remain as Blizzard’s president.