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Blizzard co-founder Mike Morhaime Returns to Gaming with Dreamhaven

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Blizzard co-founder and former president Mike Morhaime, who left the video game industry back in October 2018, has made his return to the industry with a new company called Dreamhaven which is based in Irvine, California, according to GamesBeat.

Dreamhaven already has two internal studios which is run by other Blizzard veterans who departed shortly after Morhaime’s departure, including Moonshot which is led by Hearthstone executive producer Jason Chayes, StarCraft 2 game director Dustin Browder, and Hearthstone creative director Ben Thompson.

As well as Secret Door which is lead by Hearthstone executive producer Chris Sigaty, Hearthstone game director Eric Dodds, and Alan Dabiri.

Dreamhaven is funded by Morhaime who now serves as their CEO, while his wife Amy is leading operations.

“My wife, Amy, and I were working at Blizzard and left at the end of 2018,” Morhaime said. “We didn’t have anything planned. … We’re going to unplug and take a bunch of time off to travel. We actually went to the HomeStory Cup in Germany for their StarCraft II tournament. We took our daughter.”

“We’re almost trying to create a haven for creators who want an environment that is development friendly, values product, and player experience over short-term financial pressures,” Morhaime said. “We believe in the power of gaming to bring people together and as an escape of the unpleasant things that reality can bring. In that sense, it’s a haven as well. We like the imagery of a lighthouse as a beacon, and that inspires us because we hope that Dreamhaven can be a beacon of hope to others in the industry who share our values and philosophies. There is a better way of approaching business and game creation that can work and be sustainable and be a lot of fun and yield positive results.”

“They can make the games they are passionate about,” Morhaime said. “They’re in control of their destiny and hopefully feel like they have the best of both worlds: the entrepreneurial spirit, the stability and resources that often only larger companies can provide.”

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