AIAS Hall of Fame Adds Blizzard CEO
The prestigious Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame has announced that it will be inducting Blizzard co-founder and CEO Mike Morhaime during the D.I.C.E. Summit. He joins the likes of Shigeru Miyamoto, Peter Molyneux and Will Wright as the 11th inductee.
Morhaime is being honored for his work on the MMO space via some game you might have heard of, World of Warcraft, in addition to the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo games.
“In particular, World of Warcraft has cemented Morhaime’s influence and impact on the multi-billion dollar interactive entertainment industry; it is the world’s largest online game, with more than 9.3 million subscribers.
“Morhaime and Blizzard Entertainment are recognized for creating an MMOG that expanded the traditionally hardcore audience of the genre to also include the broader casual-gaming audience,” the Academy said in a statement.
“This is a great honour, and I’m proud to receive it,” said Morhaime.
“The success that Blizzard Entertainment has had over the years would not have been possible without the enthusiasm and support of players around the world, and the passion and dedication of our employees, so I thank all of them for contributing to this achievement.”
The award will be presented on February 7, 2008 in Las Vegas.