A bunch of ex-Blizzard staff, together with the previous CEO of Blizzard Leisure, Mike Morhaime, have began a brand new recreation growth firm underneath the title Dreamhaven.
Becoming a member of Morhaime on the startup are Blizzard veterans Jason Chayes (Hearthstone), Dustin Browder (StarCraft 2), Ben Thompson (Hearthstone), Chris Sigaty (StarCraft 2, Heroes of the Storm), Alan Dabiri (Warcraft 3, StarCraft 2), and Eric Dodds (Hearthstone, World of Warcraft), amongst others. Dreamhaven presently contains two studios, Moonshot Video games and Secret Door.
Right here’s an outline of the studios, from Dreamhaven’s information launch:
Moonshot is led by Jason Chayes, Dustin Browder, and Ben Thompson. Chayes was beforehand an Government Producer at Blizzard Leisure the place he led the Hearthstone workforce, a Senior Director at Digital Arts, and earlier than that, led artwork groups for the Walt Disney Firm’s recreation division. Browder’s twenty-five 12 months profession contains roles as Sport Director on StarCraft II, Heroes of the Storm, Command and Conquer, and The Lord of the Rings. Thompson’s credit embody Artistic Director on Hearthstone, Artwork Director for the World of Warcraft buying and selling card recreation, with further credit on Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering. Moonshot can also be house to a workforce of seasoned builders who’ve collectively labored on a few of gaming’s hottest franchises.
Secret Door is led by Chris Sigaty, Alan Dabiri, and Eric Dodds, who’ve labored on a number of genre-defining video games. Sigaty’s roles have included Government Producer on Hearthstone, StarCraft II, and Heroes of the Storm, in addition to Lead Producer on the unique Warcraft III. Dodds was the unique Sport Director of Hearthstone and veteran recreation designer on World of Warcraft and StarCraft. Dabiri has crammed each Technical Director and Sport Director roles and has labored on Warcraft III, StarCraft II, and Heroes of the Storm. They’re joined by a workforce of extremely gifted builders with in depth business expertise and are starting to discover new recreation experiences collectively.
Dreamhaven and its “first two” studios didn’t announce particular initiatives. In accordance with the corporate’s web site, Dreamhaven goals to “reimagine the studio mannequin by empowering studios to determine unbiased identities, voices and cultures” and “take the probabilities that the majority massive publishers gained’t and lots of smaller studios aren’t at all times in a position to.”
Morhaime left Blizzard in 2018 after greater than 27 years on the firm. He was succeeded by J. Allen Brack.