Blizzard Entertainment co-founder and executive vice president of product development Frank Pearce has joined the board of directors of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS). AIAS is s professional video game organization that advances "the artistic values of the interactive entertainment community." They also own and operate the annual DICE industry event in Las Vegas. The appointment is "effective immediately."
The AIAS Board of Directors is the governing body of the 22,000+ member Academy and is composed of 15 industry leaders representing such companies as Sony, EA, Nintendo, Microsoft, Google, Capcom, Blizzard Entertainment, as well as representatives from the independent development community like Epic Games, Insomniac Games and Day 1 Studios.
Pearce is a co-founder (alongside co-founders Allen Adham and Mike Morhaime) and executive vice president of product development at Blizzard Entertainment, where he plays a key role in the development of all Blizzard Entertainment's games, including the World of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo series. Pearce has been in the industry for over 20 years.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Frank Pearce to the Academy Board,” said Martin Rae, president, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. “Blizzard Entertainment’s games, their community and their management team epitomize success in the game business and we look forward to having Frank’s valuable perspective on the Board.”
“I’ve always appreciated the Academy’s commitment to advancing the gaming medium and fostering creativity within our industry,” said Frank Pearce. “I’m honored to be chosen for this role on the Board, and I look forward to drawing on my experiences at Blizzard to help support and contribute to the AIAS’ ongoing mission.”