As Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.’s chief development officer, Frank Pearce plays a critical role in the development of all Blizzard Entertainment titles. This involves coordinating the work of multiple teams in order to ensure that every project maintains Blizzard’s hallmark polish and quality.

Since cofounding Blizzard Entertainment with Allen Adham and Mike Morhaime in 1991, Pearce has been heavily involved in the company’s projects. He originally served as a programmer on Blizzard’s early console games, including The Lost Vikings and Blackthorne®. He then helped program several of the company’s foundational PC games, such as Warcraft® II: Tides of Darkness, Diablo®, and StarCraft®.


Pearce has also served as executive producer on World of WarcraftÒ, and has overseen the development of the Burning CrusadeÒ, Wrath of the Lich King®, Cataclysm®, Mists of Pandaria®, and Warlords of Draenor® expansion packs, as well as the upcoming World of Warcraft: Legion.

In addition, Pearce served as executive producer on Blizzard’s blockbuster real-time strategy game StarCraftÒ II: Wings of Liberty® and its critically acclaimed expansions, Heart of the Swarm® and Legacy of the Void, and he currently serves as executive producer on Diablo® III, including the Reaper of Souls® expansion, and the Ultimate Evil Editionon consoles.

As chief development officer, Pearce also oversees the teams responsible for Hearthstone®: Heroes of Warcraft, Blizzard’s smash-hit digital card game; Heroes of the Storm®, the company’s raucous online team brawler; and Overwatch, its upcoming team-based first-person shooter.  


As a member of the board of directors for the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, Pearce is deeply engaged in the advancement of the worldwide interactive entertainment community. In addition, he sits on the Computer Science Undergraduate Advisory Board for the University of California in Los Angeles, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and engineering. In his spare time, Pearce enjoys staying active by way of running and biking.