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Blizzard Mike Morhaime interview at L.A. Times

The L.A. Times interviewed Mike Morhaime, Blizzard Entertainment co-founder and president to talk about the success of his game studios. I am a fan of everything Blizzard, and that doesn’t extend to only their products. I love to get to know and learn the story, background and passion of the people behind these products.

I had the fortune to meet Mike Morhaime, Frank Pearce and Bob Colayco (Public Relations) at Best Buy (Times Square) at the New York City midnight launch of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. No one knows, but I mistakenly clicked the voice recorder button wrong, and missed most of the interview that never got published, obviously. Yet, it was an honor just to sit there with Mike Morhaime and listen to him answer my questions. Shook his hand again in Paris, France — and even if he didn’t recognize one peon out of 11.5 million — I was glad to see him again, and to be able to say Thanks for making these video games, and for inviting me to Paris for the official announcement of Diablo III during the Blizzard Worldwide Invitationals. I had an aweful toothache around that time, but for me it was a blast of an experience to be there. Later met him briefly at Blizzcon.

Whether you are an employee at a McDonalds, Chicken in the Box, Best Buy, a gas station clerk, maintenance, unemployed or else, you can find inspiration in people who love to do what you do: To play and develop excellent video games. You might be the next building a successful company or joining the Blizzard Entertainment crew. You never know, till you try and give your best effort.

Feel free to learn a bit more about Mike Morhaime’s beginnings as a child, a student, and as the co-founder of a three desk office known as Silicon & Synapses, later renamed into Blizzard Entertainment.

Activision Blizzard to Release 2010 Q2 Results on August 5, 2010

Activision Blizzard LogoActivision Blizzard will announce the Second Quarter 2010 results on Thursday, August 5, 2010. As past experiences have demonstrated, this is the platform where Blizzard’s president Mike Morhaime makes important announcements about upcoming and current Blizzard games and services.

It was at the 2009 Fourth Quarter Report where Mike Morhaime announced the estimated date for StarCraft II Beta, and plans for BlizzCon. This new report might likely reveal the release date for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. While this is mere speculation, expectations are high when Morhaime stands before the microphone to report the latest Blizzard’s plans.

Blizzard Quote:
SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 19, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ — Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) intends to release its second quarter 2010 results after the close of the market on Thursday, August 5, 2010. In conjunction with this release, Activision Blizzard will host a conference call that will be broadcast over the Internet.

Thursday, August 5, 2010
1:30 pm Pacific Time (4:30 pm Eastern Time)

To listen to the call, please log onto:
http://investor.activision.com/events.cfm

E3 2009: Blizzard accepts Guinness World Record Awards

Mike Morhaime (CEO) and Paul Sams (COO) accepted the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition award for World of Warcraft as the most popular MMORPG with 11.6 million subscribers; and for StarCraft, the best selling strategy game for PC with over 9.5 million copies sold worldwide.

Elsewhere in E3, Gaz and Matt had the opportunity to meet up with some of the people who have made massive, record-breaking contributions to videogaming, and who have featured in Gamer

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