Allen Adham, one of the co-founders of Blizzard Entertainment – the geniuses behind World of Warcraft, left his multibillion dollar company for over a decade. Now, he's finally back.
It was in 1991 that three nerdy geniuses and computer science graduates from University of California Los Angeles – Allen Adham, Michael Morhaime, and Frank Pearce – came together and created the video gaming company that brought about the Warcraft series, Diablo series, and the StarCraft series. Over a decade ago, the Egyptian co-founder, Adham, decided against remaining with the company; however, he couldn't keep away from his passion and recently came back to join the team once more.
According to the Polygon, Adham left in January 2004 when he felt drained, burnt out, and tired of having to always be on top of everything at a multibillion dollar company that has maintained its world-class standard, while at the same time trying to carry on with his personal life – you know, like getting married in 2003 and being a family man. During his time off, he did not just go create games on his own, and he actually took up a whole other career in the financial sector.
It was this year that he decided to call up his old friend and partner, Morhaime, for lunch and try to "convince them to take him back." Little did he know, the now-CEO of Blizzard Entertainment was going to try to persuade Adham into rejoining them.
Adham returned with the official title of 'Senior Vice President', but is currently spending most of his time learning and relearning the new structures of the company, and of his new team members. Blizzard holds a future Blizzard of a 'third era' as they had told Polygon, "an era of new projects and of greater openness to different ideas and platforms." Recently, gamers have witnessed the birth of Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch was an overwhelming success this summer.
If Adham's story proves anything, it's that once you have found your passion, you will always come back to it.