|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)
J. Allen Brack (lead producer on World of Warcraft)
Tom Chilton (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|
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.
In July 2008, Blizzard's parent company, Vivendi, merged their Vivendi Games subsidiary with Activision to create a new holding company called Activision Blizzard.  Five years later, in July 2013, Vivendi sold off most of its shares in Activision Blizzard, which now exists as an independent company.
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
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. The deal was finalized on July 8, 2008. Vivendi later divested themselves of Activision Blizzard in July, 2013, and it now exists as an independent holding company.
Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. remains Blizzard's brand, as it and Activision continue to exist as separate entities within the Activision Blizzard umbrella. Despite many players' fears, there have been no major changes in Blizzard's operations as a result of these business deals.
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: 1995)
- Justice League Task Force (Released: 1995)
- The Lost Vikings II (SNES version) (Released: 1997)
- Blackthorne (PC version) (Released: 2013)
- Heroes of the Storm (Alpha: 2014)
- 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 (Planned: 2014)
- Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Released: 2014)
- 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: 2016) is the project name for a massively multiplayer online game (MMO) that is being developed.
- StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void (TBA)
- World of Warcraft expansion(s) (TBA)
- Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft first expansion (Planned: 2014)
- Warcraft: Orcs and Humans port/remake (TBA)
- Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness port/remake (TBA)
- Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos port/remake (TBA)
- Unannounced "small team" game (TBA)
- 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)
- Brian Holinka (WoW senior game designer, PvP)
- J. Allen Brack (WoW production director)
- Chris Robinson (WoW senior art director)
- Ion Hazzikostas
- Twincruiser (René Koiter and Michel Koiter)
- StarCraft II) Dustin Browder (lead designer of
- 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)
- Ben Brode (Hearthstone senior game designer)
- Eric Dodds (Hearthstone lead game designer)
- Matt Samia (senior director of cinematics)
- Kevin Yu, aka Karune (battle.net representative)
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