Computer and video game publisher
|Main leader||Michael Morhaime (president and co-founder)
Frank Pearce (vice president and co-founder)
|Secondary leaders||Rob Pardo (vice president)
Chris Metzen (vice president of Creative Development)
Shahram Dabiri (producer on World of Warcraft)
Jeffrey Kaplan (lead designer on World of Warcraft)
|Capital||Irvine, California, USA|
|Theater of operations||Quality RTS and RPG video games|
|Secondary languages||Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Spanish|
|Affiliation||Vivendi Universal, Activision Blizzard|
Blizzard Entertainment® (often shortened to "Blizzard" or "Blizz" by players) is the company responsible for the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo franchises. Besides the general list of products below, this article contains links to websites dedicated to Blizzard's specific products and the company in general.
On December 2, 2007, Vivendi (Blizzard Entertainment's parent company) announced that their subsidiary Vivendi Games (of which Blizzard Entertainment was a part) would be merging with Activision to form Activision Blizzard. This merger would not affect Blizzard Entertainment's operations. The deal was finalized on July 8, 2008.
Blizzard Entertainment lists its eight core values on their mission statement page:
- Gameplay first
- Commit to quality
- Play nice; play fair
- Embrace your inner geek
- Every voice matters
- Think globally
- Lead responsibly
- Learn and grow
Relationship with Activision Blizzard
Vivendi Games, the former publisher for Blizzard Entertainment, is the majority shareholder of Activision Blizzard. Almost no change is expected at Blizzard Entertainment, and it and Activision will continue to exist as separate entitites. Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. will remain as Blizzard's brand.
Blizzard Entertainment has conferences for Blizzard announcements and demonstrations, known as the Blizzard Entertainment World Wide Invitational and BlizzCon. The first WWI was held in Seoul, South Korea on May 19 and 20, 2007 when Blizzard officially announced StarCraft II. Paris, France hosted the second Invitational on June 28 and 29, 2008.
- RPM Racing (Released: 1991)
- J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I (Amiga port) (Released: 1992)
- Battle Chess II: Chinese Chess (Amiga port) (Released: 1992)
- Castles (Amiga port) (Released: 1992)
- Battle Chess (Windows port) (Released: 1992)
- MicroLeague Baseball (Amiga port) (Released: 1992)
- Lexi-Cross (Macintosh port) (Released: 1992)
- Dvorak on Typing (Macintosh port) (Released: 1992)
- The Lost Vikings (Released: 1992)
- Rock N' Roll Racing (Released: 1993)
- Shanghai II: Dragon's Eye (Released: 1993)
- Blackthorne (Released: 1994)
- The Death and Return of Superman (Released: 1994)
- The Lost Vikings II (SNES version) (Released: 1994)
- Justice League Task Force (Released: 1995)
- The Lost Vikings II: Norse by Norsewest (Saturn, PSX, PC versions) (Released: 1995)
- Main article: Warcraft Universe
- Warcraft Series
- Warcraft: Orcs & Humans (Released: 1994)
- Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness (Released: 1995)
- Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal (Released: 1996)
- Warcraft II: The Dark Saga (Released: 1997)
- Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition (Released: 1999)
- Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (Released: 2002)
- Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne (Released: 2003)
- World of Warcraft Series
- World of Warcraft (Released: 2004)
- World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (Released: 2007)
- World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Released: 2008)
- World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (Released: 2010)
- World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (Released: 2012)
- World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor (To Be Announced)
- Related pen-and-paper RPG materials
- For its connections with Warcraft, see StarCraft franchise
- StarCraft (Released: 1998)
- StarCraft: Brood War (Released: 1998)
- StarCraft 64 (Released: 2000)
- Related novels by PocketBooks
- For its connections with Warcraft, see Diablo franchise
- Diablo (Released: 1996)
- Diablo (PSX version) (Released: 1998)
- Diablo II (Released: 2000)
- Diablo II: Lord of Destruction (Released: 2001)
- Related novels by PocketBooks
- Titan (Planned release: 2016) is the project name for a massively multiplayer online game (MMO) that is being developed.
- Heroes of the Storm (TBA)
- StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void (TBA)
- World of Warcraft expansion(s) (TBA)
- World of Warcraft players are expecting the 6th expansion to be something with legions, Outland update, or a new world like Outland. The expansion is rumored to be called, Rise of the Legions or The Dark Below.
- Warcraft IV would be another epic whose plot remains unknown. (TBA, not officially confirmed)
- Bloodlines (concepts later used for StarCraft)
- Diablo II: Salvation (trademark patented in 2001)
- Diablo Junior (intended for the Gameboy Color, scrapped due to production costs)
- Games People Play (crossword puzzles, boggle, and other word games)
- Nomad (Canceled in favor of World of Warcraft)
- Pax Imperia II (rights sold to THQ, later released as Pax Emperia: Eminent Domain)
- Shattered Nations (canceled in favor of StarCraft)
- Starblo (ARPG in a sci-fi setting)
- Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans (Canceled on May 22, 1998)
- StarCraft: Ghost (indefinately postponed on March 24, 2006)
- Allen Adham (vice president and co-founder)
- Greg Canessa (Battle.net 2.0 project coordinator)
- Tom Chilton
- Samwise Didier (art director)
- Mark Gibbons
- Chris Metzen (vice president of creative development)
- Michael Morhaime (president and co-founder)
- Frank Pearce (vice president and co-founder)
- J. Allen Brack
- Ion Hazzikostas
- Twincruiser (René Koiter and Michel Koiter)
- Dustin Browder (lead designer of StarCraft II)
- Brian Sousa (senior 3D artist for StarCraft II)
- Andy Chambers (creative director)
- Robert "the Voice" Simpson (esports coordinator)
- David Kim (balance designer)
- Brian T. Kindregan (lead writer)
- Rob Pardo (vice president of game design)
- Matt Samia (senior director of cinematics)
- Kevin Yu, aka Karune (battle.net representative)
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