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Allen Adham, an Egyptian-American businessman, along with Michael Morhaime and Frank Pearce, was one of three co-founders of Silicon & Synapse which changed its name to the more well-known Blizzard Entertainment.
Adham started programming at 14, making his own games through high school and college. In the 1980s, Adham hung out with a group of friends that included Interplay founder Brian Fargo. He would playtest games for Fargo and eventually program his own games while studying at UCLA. He received his bachelor's degree in 1990 from UCLA. Shortly after graduation, he and Morhaime, as well as others, founded Silicon and Synapse in 1991. After doing a number of ports, he worked on RPM Racing
Adham left Blizzard in 2004 right after World of Warcraft launched, and started a quantitative hedge fund using computers and artificial intelligence, trading the stock market. Adham has stated that he regretted his decision in 2006, stating that he simply should have taken a year of absence instead, and he started looking to get back into the games industry.
- Adham's first videogame was Pong. His favorite game of all time is EverQuest.
- Adham plays games about 4 hours per day— 2 hours on PC/console in the morning, 2 hours on mobile in the evening.
- ↑ Allen Adham. Moby Games. Accessed 2008-04-30
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2016-11-05, A LOOK BACK AT 25 YEARS OF BLIZZARD. Blizzpro, accessed on 2016-11-26
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Allen: The Early Years, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2017-07-08
- ↑ UCLA Engineering Celebrates Accomplishments at Annual Awards Dinner. Accessed 2008-04-30
- ↑ 2017-05-12, The Sounds of Koprulu. Blizzard Entertainment, accesed on 2017-05-13
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 2018-11-08, Our Full BlizzCon Interview With Blizzard Co-Founder Allen Adham. Game Informer, accessed on 2018-11-19
- ↑ 2016-11-13, BlizzCon 2016 Opening Ceremony Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2016-11-16
- ↑ 2017-08-04, Blizzard Has Multiple New IPs Incubating But Won't Rush Them Out. GameSpot, accessed on 2017-08-05
- ↑ 2018-10-04, Activision Blizzard Names J. Allen Brack As New President of Blizzard Entertainment. Blizzplanet, retrieved on 2018-10-04
The list of authors can be seen in the page history of Allen Adham.
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