Blizzard Entertainment boss Mike Morhaime has been named the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation's 2011 Champion Honoree. The award recognizes Morhaime and Blizzard's ongoing fundraising efforts for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a non-profit group dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for sick children. That's good for at least few thousand Karma points, right?
“Mike’s generous and consistent support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation sets a strong example for all of us,” said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the ESA. “Through company-sponsored initiatives, Mike and Blizzard Entertainment raised nearly two million dollars over the past two years alone to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions and to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Mike’s enthusiasm for improving the lives of young children is a testament to his character.”
The award will be presented to Morhaime during ESA's annual “Nite to Unite – For Kids” charity gala on October 25th in San Francisco. Co-chairing the event is Ubisoft president Laurent Detoc, Konami president Shinji Hirano, and Square Enix head Mike Fischer. Tickets for the tuexedo event are still available for $750 bucks a pop.
The ESA Foundation was created in 2000 to raise funds in support of youth programs and charities in the US. Its game pack sales and events have raised over $12 million dollars and counting.
Sep 29, 2011