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NeutralBlizzard Entertainment
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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)
Race(s) Humans
Capital Irvine, California, USA
Theater of operations Quality RTS and RPG video games
Main language Common/English
Secondary languages Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Spanish
Affiliation Activision Blizzard
Status Active
A statue of an orc riding a wolf, located outside Blizzard's office.

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.[1] [2] Five years later, in July 2013, Vivendi sold off most of its shares in Activision Blizzard, which now exists as an independent company.[3]

Contents

Core Values

Blizzard Entertainment lists its eight core values on their mission statement page:

  1. Gameplay first
  2. Commit to quality
  3. Play nice; play fair
  4. Embrace your inner geek
  5. Every voice matters
  6. Think globally
  7. Lead responsibly
  8. Learn and grow[4]

History

Blizzard turned 20 years old in 2012. Its history is recorded on a timeline on its own site here.[5]

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,[6] as it and Activision continue to exist as separate entities within the Activision Blizzard umbrella.[7] Despite many players' fears, there have been no major changes in Blizzard's operations as a result of these business deals.

Conferences

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.[8]

Published games

General games

Warcraft Universe

Main article: Warcraft Universe
Warcraft Series
  1. Warcraft: Orcs & Humans (Released: 1994)
  2. Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness (Released: 1995)
  3. Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal (Released: 1996)
  4. Warcraft II: The Dark Saga (Released: 1997)
  5. Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition (Released: 1999)
  6. Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (Released: 2002)
  7. Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne (Released: 2003)
World of Warcraft Series
  1. World of Warcraft (Released: 2004)
  2. World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (Released: 2007)
  3. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Released: 2008)
  4. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (Released: 2010)
  5. World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (Released: 2012)
  6. World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor (Planned: 2014)
Other
  1. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Released: 2014)
Related pen-and-paper RPG materials

StarCraft Universe

For its connections with Warcraft, see StarCraft franchise

Diablo Universe

For its connections with Warcraft, see Diablo franchise

In Development

Rumored games

Note: Blizzard has confirmed that they are NOT working on a StarCraft or Diablo MMORPG.[18]

Unreleased games

Employees

Notable

Organizations

Previous employees

References

  1. ^ http://www.activisionblizzard.com/pressReleases/pr120207.php
  2. ^ Rob Purchese 2008-06-30. Eurogamer: Blizzard Worldwide Invertational. Retrieved on 2008-01-07.
  3. ^ Elsa Keslassy 2013-07-26. Vivendi Sells Majority Stake in Activision Blizzard for $8.2 Billion. Retrieved on 2014-05-07.
  4. ^ Mission Statement. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2009-11-16.
  5. ^ Blizzard Timeline. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2012-07-05.
  6. ^ Ordinn 2007-12-02. 0. Activision Blizzard FAQ. WoW General Discussion Forum. Retrieved on 2007-12-02.
  7. ^ Activision Blizzard FAQ.
  8. ^ Worldwide Invitation 2008.
  9. ^ Reaper of Souls. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2013-08-15.
  10. ^ Blizzard delays unannounced MMO until 2016, resets whole project (exclusive). GamesBeat (2013-05-28). Retrieved on 2013-11-13.
  11. ^ http://www.empireonline.com/interviews_and_events/interview.asp?IID=620
  12. ^ Blizzard delays unannounced MMO until 2016, resets whole project (exclusive). Gamesbeat (2013-05-28). Retrieved on 2013-05-29.
  13. ^ Luke Karmali 2013-11-12. World of Warcraft Sixth Expansion Already in Development. IGN. Retrieved on 2014-01-03.
  14. ^ Martin Gaston 2013-11-09. Blizzard talks about new cards and new heroes for Hearthstone. Gamespot. Retrieved on 2014-01-03.
  15. ^ a b c Kyle Hilliard 2013-11-10. Blizzard Working On Bringing Warcraft & Warcraft II To Modern PCs. Gameinformer. Retrieved on 2014-01-03.
  16. ^ a b c BlizzCon 2013 World of Warcraft Q&A Panel
  17. ^ Medievaldragon 2013-12-10. New Blizzard Game Led by Counter-Strike and Left 4 Dead Developer. Blizzplanet. Retrieved on 2014-01-03.
  18. ^ Blizzard freezes non-WOW MMOG rumors. GameSpot (2006-06-14). Retrieved on 2013-11-13.
  19. ^ Warcraft IV Confirmed, Starcraft II to be split into a Trilogy. NG4 (2008-07-25). Retrieved on 2013-05-29.
  20. ^ Warcraft IV somewhat confirmed at BlizzCon. SK Gaming (2011-10-11). Retrieved on 2013-05-29.
  21. ^ a b c d D.I.C.E. '08: Blizzard talks about blowing up. GameSpot (2008-02-07). Retrieved on 2013-05-29.
  22. ^ Blizzard North considered making Diablo Junior for the Game Boy Color. Joystiq (2012-10-12). Retrieved on 2013-05-29.
  23. ^ a b Blizzard Entertainment Inc.. Moby Games. Retrieved on 2013-05-28.
  24. ^ Pax Imperia II. JudgeHype. Retrieved on 2013-05-28.
  25. ^ The Art of Blizzard Entertainment (book) review…. Inside the Box (2013-02-04). Retrieved on 2013-05-28.
  26. ^ Diablo in space? Blizzard actually worked on "Starblo". Neowin.net (2012-10-23). Retrieved on 2013-05-29.
  27. ^ 'StarCraft: Ghost' (PS2/Xbox) Cancelled But Goes Next-Gen. Worthplaying (2006-03-24). Retrieved on 2013-11-13.
  28. ^ Blizzard Entertainment staff, Greg Canessa 2010-02-09. Battle.net Preview. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2010-02-09.
  29. ^ Blizzcon Video Archive (Sonkie vs Yellow). Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2008-10-19.

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