Michael Morhaime

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Michael Morhaime
Mike Morhaime BlizzCon 2007.jpg
Morhaime at BlizzCon 2007
Born (1967-11-03) November 3, 1967 (age 49)
Occupation Businessman
Employer Blizzard Entertainment
Title President of Blizzard Entertainment, CEO and Co-Founder
Awards AIAS Hall of Fame Award (2008)[1]

Michael "Mike" Morhaime (born November 3, 1967) is president and a co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment (founded in 1991 as Silicon & Synapse), a video game developer located in Irvine, California, owned by Activision Blizzard. He is also an alumnus of Triangle Fraternity[2] and received his bachelor's degree in 1990 from UCLA.[3][4]

In 2008, Morhaime was honored at the 59th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards for Blizzard’s creation of World of Warcraft. Along with Don Daglow of Stormfront Studios and John Carmack of id Software, Morhaime is one of only three designers or producers to accept awards at the Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards and at the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Interactive Achievement Awards.[citation needed]

Morhaime plays poker and 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.[5] Morhaime is Jewish. He graduated from Granada Hills High School in 1985. He is a member of ETC, a metal band formed of and by Blizzard Employees, where he plays bass guitar. His avatar is a male Troll, Mai'Kyl.[citation needed]

In 2008, Morhaime was inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame.[6] In 2012, Morhaime made a cameo appearance on The Guild, a web series about the lives of a gamers' online experiences with an MMORPG that draws references to World of Warcraft.


Morhaime received the national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Technology category in 2012.[7] In 2015 Morhaime received the IGDA (Israeli Game Developers Association) Game Innovation Spotlight Award.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "D.I.C.E Special Awards". Retrieved 22 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "Notable Alumni". Archived from the original on 2009-07-18. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  3. ^ M. Abraham (2006-11-06). "UCLA Engineering Celebrates Accomplishments at Annual Awards Dinner". UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. Archived from the original on 2007-12-22. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  4. ^ "Blizzard Entertainment 10th Anniversary Celebration". Blizzard Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2002-01-26. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  5. ^ "Celebrity Poker Tournament". Archived from the original on 2008-02-03. 
  6. ^ "The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences:: Hall of Fame". Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  7. ^ Ernst & Young Engineer Of The Year Award winner, ey.com; accessed 2016-07-99.

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