One of the three co-founders of Blizzard, Allen Adham, has returned to the company after a 12 year absence. Adham will be taking up the role of executive producer of incubation, a newly created role. Adham is thought of as the main brain behind Blizzard’s founding for bringing the other two together.
Allen Adham founded Blizzard with Mike Morhaime and Frank Pearce at UCLA’s computer science program, and together they started the game company “Silicon and Synapse”, though as the company gathered momentum it became the Blizzard Entertainment we know and love.
While Adham helped to develop a number of Blizzard’s famous early RTS games, including the Warcraft games, but left the company to focus on family life before the company’s massively successful massive multiplayer online role playing game World of Warcraft released in 2004.
Up until now he’s apparently been working with quantitative analysis as a job, but apparently deeply regretted leaving Blizzard and is now eager to get back to work.
Allen Adham has been welcomed back to Blizzard with open arms by Morhaime and Pearce, and will be fulfilling his role as executive producer of incubation by helping to expand on the studio’s various ideas, along with keeping Morhaime and Pearce and the rest of Blizzard from being too stretched out.
Adham will be coming back to a company that’s increased by tenfold ever since he left; Blizzard’s 400 employees when he left have grown to over 4,000, making games such as Overwatch and Hearthstone, while making more content for Starcraft and World of Warcraft.
Hopefully the ideas that Allen will be incubating during his new job at Blizzard will eventually give rise to more amazing games from the company, especially if he turns out to be good at his job (which, considering the stuff he came up with before leaving, shouldn’t be too hard).