Open Letter to Fans from Blizzard Co-Founder Michael Morhaime

Dear Azeroth, All Of Aiur and Diablo Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight;

As you now know, RealID, which used to be a requirement for posting on official Blizzard Forums, is no longer a requirement for posting on official Blizzard Forums.

This was announced with a sudden, shallowly-thought, self-promotional idea from Activision, culminating with a forum mod getting his personal information revealed, something unlike anything ever “witnessed” in the history of Blizzard and probably the history of video game entertainment.

Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us.

The good news is that the higher-ups and the rest of the hard-working, loyal, and driven staff over here at Blizzard have not betrayed you nor NEVER will betray you.

There is so much more to tell you about the events of the recent past and our more than exciting future. Over the next several days and weeks, we will be communicating much of that to you.

You simply don’t deserve this kind of shaken faith.

You have given so much and deserve so much more.

In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight:


You can take it to the bank.

If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the new information to Beta, I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by our very own has shifted our “motivation” to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels.

Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.

Sorry, but that’s simply not how it works.

This shocking act of disloyalty from our “business partner” sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our gaming children to learn. And “who” we would want them to grow-up to become.

But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called “casual gaming.”

The self-declared “King of gaming” will be taking the “casual gaming” with them in their own games such as SPARKLE PONIEZ 4, LET’S BE A VET, and SKATEBOARD HERO. And until they do “right” by the gaming community, Activision (and the town where they operate) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.

Just watch.

Sleep well, Internet.

Tomorrow is a new and much brighter day….

I PROMISE you that our energy, focus, capital, knowledge and experience will be directed at one thing and one thing only:

DELIVERING YOU the expansion you have long deserved and is long overdue….

Michael Morhaime
Blizzard Entertainment

(Note: this post is a spoof from the letter from Cleveland Cavaliers Majority Owner Dan Gilbert to his team’s fans after their basketball superstar Lebron James left them to another team via Free Agency this week, exactly around the same this RealID fiasco started.)

Greetings From Paris!

That’s the view from my hotel room.  Ain’t it great?  Notre Dame is but a few minutes walk from the lobby, and there are stores.  Stores Everywhere.

There’s internet at this hotel for once (wi-fi in London was ridiculously priced; had to go to a bloody train station to get a free network), but I am only able to leave a quick post before I hit up the couch for a nap then going out to watch the Japan game.  Maybe sometime before I leave, I’ll schedule something more WoW-related.  But for now, I’m still alive!  Au revoir!

AFK, Europe

While this announcement has come rather suddenly compared to my buildup towards Asia last year, I nonetheless regret to inform you, dear reader, that I will be away in Europe for the next two or so weeks.  And when I mean sudden, I mean I will be leaving for the airport tomorrow and won’t be back until mid-July.  I will be doing a sightseeing tour of London, Paris, Nice, Florence, and Rome.  It will be a blast.

I’ve gotten a few emails about the blog, and stuff that I’ve put on here, and stuff that these readers want to see.  I’m starting to get a good idea on the direction and scope of the blog for the rest of the summer, but only when I get back.  For now, I’ve been taking it rather easy with the world cuBZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Ahem, with the world cup.  And with Europe on the horizon, you might not see much relevant content until mid-July.  I apologize for the inconvenience this may cause you, especially considering the sudden announcement of my trip!

Until then, have a wonderful few weeks!  See you on the other side of the internether!