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Blizzard Entertainment

Computer and video game publisher


Michael Morhaime

De facto leader

Activision Blizzard


Vivendi Universal (formerly)
Activision Blizzard


Over 3,900 employees (October 2014)[1]


Irvine, California, USA, Earth

Official language



US Dollar

Date established

February 1991 (as Silicon & Synapse)



Blizzard Entertainment® is the company that created the internationally renowned Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo series of gaming software.


Since the early 2000s, Blizzard's development staff is divided into numerically-designated team, each in accordance with a specific game (e.g. Team 1 has focused on StarCraft II). The company also employs "strike teams" who move from project to project to offer feedback. This also ensures some coherency exists between the development staff and the company's culture remains intact. A "design council" also exists which is a gathering of all of the game directors and lead designers throughout the company.[1] The existence of strike teams dates back to the development of Diablo II.[2]

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[3]


Blizzard turned 20 years old in 2012. Its history is recorded on a timeline on its own site here.[4] Chris Metzen has expressed the idea that Blizzard has had at least two distinct eras (pre and post-World of Warcraft) and a third area has begun with the development of smaller games.[1]

Relationship with Activision Blizzard

Main article: Activision Blizzard

Vivendi Games, the former publisher for Blizzard Entertainment, was the majority shareholder of Activision Blizzard.[5] Almost no change is expected at Blizzard Entertainment, and it and Activision will continue to exist as separate entitites.[6] Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. will remain as Blizzard's brand.[7]


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]

Blizzard Games


In Development


Blizzard Employees

Main article: Blizzard personnel

Notable Blizzard Entertainment employees include:


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  2. 2015-09-13, Page 3: In Their Own Words: An Oral History of Diablo II With David Brevik, Max Schaefer, and Erich Schaefer. US Gamer, accessed on 2015-09-15
  3. Mission Statement. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2009-11-16.
  4. Blizzard Timeline. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2012-07-05.
  5. Brendan Sinclair. 2007-12-03. Activision, Vivendi merger reaps positive reactions. Gamespot. Accessed 2008-11-28.
  6. Activision Blizzard FAQ
  7. Ordinn. 2007-12-02. 0. Activision Blizzard FAQ . WoW General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2007-12-02
  8. Worldwide Invitation 2008
  9. ART DIRECTOR, UNANNOUNCED PROJECT, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2015-08-06
  10. 10.0 10.1 2013-11-10, Blizzard Working On Bringing Warcraft & Warcraft II To Modern PCs. Gameinformer, accessed on 2013-12-11
  11. 2015-09-07, WoW's Next Expansions Already Planned. GameSpot, accessed on 2015-08-09
  12. 2014-11-23, A brief history of Blizzard's canceled and unreleased games. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2014-09-24
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 2008-02-07, D.I.C.E. '08: Blizzard talks about blowing up. Gamespot, accessed on 2013-05-29
  14. 2012-10-12, Blizzard North considered making Diablo Junior for the Game Boy Color. Joystiq, accessed on 2013-05-29
  15. 15.0 15.1 Blizzard Entertainment Inc., Moby Games. Accessed on 2013-05-28
  16. JudgeHype, Pax Imperia II. Accessed on 2013-05-28
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  18. 2012-10-23, Diablo in space? Blizzard actually worked on "Starblo"., accessed on 2013-05-29
  19. 2014-09-23, Blizzard cancels its next-gen MMO Titan after seven years. Polygon, accessed on 2014-09-24
  20. 2015-07-31, THE UNSOLVED MYSTERY OF MIKE BOOTH. Blizzpro, accessed on 2015-08-01
  21. 2008, Warcraft IV Confirmed, Starcraft II to be split into a Trilogy. NG4, accessed on 2013-05-29
  22. 2011-10-08, Warcraft IV somewhat confirmed at BlizzCon. SK Gaming, accessed on 2013-05-29
  23. 2013-11-15. Blizz On World Of Warcraft’s Procedural Future, Warcraft IV. Rock, Paper, Shotgun, accessed on 2014-04-09
  24. 2014-08-11, Blizzard Has Considered WoW 2 -- What Would You Like to See?. Gamespot, accessed on 2014-08-16
  25. Blizzard Entertainment staff, Greg Canessa. 2010-02-009. Preview. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2010-02-09.
  26. Blizzcon Video Archive (Sonkie vs Yellow). Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2008-10-19.

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