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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.[1]


Adham started programming at 14, making his own games through high school and college.[2] 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.[3] He received his bachelor's degree in 1990 from UCLA.[4] Shortly after graduation, he and Morhaime, as well as others, founded Silicon and Synapse[2] in 1991. After doing a number of ports, he worked on RPM Racing[3]

Adham provided the voice of the dark templar in StarCraft.[5]

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.[6]

He rejoined Blizzard in 2016.[7] His role is in overseeing new projects within the company.[8] In 2018, he was made part of the company's "executive leadership team."[9]


  • Adham's first videogame was Pong. His favorite game of all time is EverQuest.[6]
  • Adham plays games about 4 hours per day— 2 hours on PC/console in the morning, 2 hours on mobile in the evening.[6]


  1. Allen Adham. Moby Games. Accessed 2008-04-30
  2. 2.0 2.1 2016-11-05, A LOOK BACK AT 25 YEARS OF BLIZZARD. Blizzpro, accessed on 2016-11-26
  3. 3.0 3.1 Allen: The Early Years, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2017-07-08
  4. UCLA Engineering Celebrates Accomplishments at Annual Awards Dinner. Accessed 2008-04-30
  5. 2017-05-12, The Sounds of Koprulu. Blizzard Entertainment, accesed on 2017-05-13
  6. 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
  7. 2016-11-13, BlizzCon 2016 Opening Ceremony Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2016-11-16
  8. 2017-08-04, Blizzard Has Multiple New IPs Incubating But Won't Rush Them Out. GameSpot, accessed on 2017-08-05
  9. 2018-10-04, Activision Blizzard Names J. Allen Brack As New President of Blizzard Entertainment. Blizzplanet, retrieved on 2018-10-04

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