Frank Pearce, one of the co-founders of Blizzard, has officially announced that, after 28 years with the company, he will be stepping down from his role as Blizzard’s Chief Development Officer.

The news came in the form of a joint statement with J. Allen Brack.

Pearce said that “The time has come for me to step away from Blizzard and pass the torch to the next generation of leaders.”

However, Pearce isn’t completely leaving the company – he’ll be remaining in an advisory role, similar to fellow co-founder Mike Morhaime.

Morhaime stepped down as company president and CEO back in 2018, but remained an advisor to Blizzard until April 2019.

“My time at Blizzard encompasses the entirety of both my professional career and my adult life.” Pearce said later in the statement. “I have countless fond memories. Working with the best developers in the world on the best franchises in the world definitively stands out.”

“Even more prominent are my memories of our first BlizzCon where I realized the special importance of the people and communities that had become part of the experience for our players.”

Pearce also requests that the Blizzard community continues “[to live] the Blizzard values” and will be “kind and respectful to one another.” He then thanks them in advance for “the great future I expect we will share” and signs off his statement with “Play nice, play fair, Frank.”

You can read Pearce and J. Allen Brack’s full statement on the Blizzard website here.

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