David Brevik

David Brevik is an American video game designer, producer and programmer who served as the co-founder and president of Blizzard North. He is best known for the critically acclaimed Diablo franchise. Currently he serves as game designer and founder of his independent studio, Graybeard Games.


Early life

Brevik was born in Madison, Wisconsin, United States. He was educated at California State University, Chico from 1986 to 1991.


Following his position as lead technical director at Iguana Entertainment, Brevik left to form Condor / Blizzard North, holding a position as president on the company from September 1993 to 2003. GameSpot named him as 1996's fourth most influential person in computer gaming for his role in the inception and development of Diablo.
Brevik resigned from Blizzard and co-founded Flagship Studios as well as Ping0, a sister company to Flagship Studios. After the company dissolved it was announced that he was appointed new creative director for Turbine and its new West coast studio.
In 2009, David Brevik began at Gazillion Entertainment in San Mateo, California working in the Gargantuan Studio. In 2011, Gargantuan became Secret Identity Studios and David Brevik was named president and chief operating officer of Gazillion Entertainment. Eventually he was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Gazillion Entertainment in 2013. He left the company to pursue "other opportunities" on January 6, 2016. As of October 18, 2016, Brevik has been working as an advisor on the Chinese release of Path of Exile for Grinding Gear Games.
After leaving Gazillion, Brevik founded an indie studio called Graybeard Games. He is currently working on an action role-playing video game titled It Lurks Below.
Brevik and Bill Wang, a former employee of Perfect World Entertainment, announced the formation of Skystone Games in May 2020, a publishing and development studio aimed to help smaller indie studios with multiplatform releases.