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?
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.”
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.