Ex-Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime begins new sport firm, Dreamhaven

Ex-Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime starts new game company, Dreamhaven

A gaggle of ex-Blizzard staff, together with the previous CEO of Blizzard Entertainment, Mike Morhaime, have began a brand new sport growth firm underneath the title Dreamhaven.

Joining Morhaime on the startup are Blizzard veterans Jason Chayes (Hearthstone), Dustin Browder (StarCraft 2), Ben Thompson (Hearthstone), Chris Sigaty (StarCraft 2, Heroes of the Storm), Alan Dabiri (Warcraft 3, StarCraft 2), and Eric Dodds (Hearthstone, World of Warcraft), amongst others. Dreamhaven presently contains two studios, Moonshot Games and Secret Door.

Here’s an outline of the studios, from Dreamhaven’s news release:

Moonshot is led by Jason Chayes, Dustin Browder, and Ben Thompson. Chayes was beforehand an Executive Producer at Blizzard Entertainment the place he led the Hearthstone group, a Senior Director at Electronic Arts, and earlier than that, led artwork groups for the Walt Disney Company’s sport division. Browder’s twenty-five 12 months profession contains roles as Game Director on StarCraft II, Heroes of the Storm, Command and Conquer, and The Lord of the Rings. Thompson’s credit embody Creative Director on Hearthstone, Art Director for the World of Warcraft buying and selling card sport, with further credit on Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering. Moonshot can be residence to a group of seasoned builders who’ve collectively labored on a few of gaming’s hottest franchises.

Secret Door is led by Chris Sigaty, Alan Dabiri, and Eric Dodds, who’ve labored on a number of genre-defining video games. Sigaty’s roles have included Executive Producer on Hearthstone, StarCraft II, and Heroes of the Storm, in addition to Lead Producer on the unique Warcraft III. Dodds was the unique Game Director of Hearthstone and veteran sport designer on World of Warcraft and StarCraft. Dabiri has crammed each Technical Director and Game Director roles and has labored on Warcraft III, StarCraft II, and Heroes of the Storm. They are joined by a group of extremely proficient builders with intensive trade expertise and are starting to discover new sport experiences collectively.

Dreamhaven and its “first two” studios didn’t announce particular initiatives. According to the corporate’s web site, Dreamhaven goals to “reimagine the studio model by empowering studios to establish independent identities, voices and cultures” and “take the possibilities that almost all massive publishers gained’t and lots of smaller studios aren’t at all times capable of.”

Morhaime left Blizzard in 2018 after greater than 27 years on the firm. He was succeeded by J. Allen Brack.

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