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Blizzard Entertainment
BlizzardEnt
Political
Type

Computer and video game publisher

Leader

Michael Morhaime

De facto leader

Activision Blizzard

Affiliation

Vivendi Universal (formerly)
Activision Blizzard

Strength

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

Societal
Capital/Base

Irvine, California, USA, Earth

Official language

English

Currency

US Dollar

Historical
Date established

February 1991 (as Silicon & Synapse)

Status

Active

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

Organization

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.[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]

History

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.[5]

Relationship with Activision Blizzard

Main article: Activision Blizzard

Vivendi Games, the former publisher for Blizzard Entertainment, was the majority shareholder of Activision Blizzard.[6] Almost no change is expected at Blizzard Entertainment, and it and Activision will continue to exist as separate entitites.[7] Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. will remain as Blizzard's brand.[8]

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.[9]

Blizzard Games

Released

In Development

References have been made to Blizzard working on an unannounced "major game" to be released in 2014,[14] an unannounced "small team" game to be released at an in-determinate point,[15] and a "top-secret project to be unveiled sometime in 2014."[16] Rumors also exist of a new project codenamed "Prometheus," which will be a new IP.[17]

Unreleased

Blizzard Employees

Main article: Blizzard personnel

Notable Blizzard Entertainment employees include:

References

  1. 2014-10-03, THE THREE LIVES OF BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT. Polygon, accessed on 2014-10-04
  2. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Blizzard_Lives
  3. Mission Statement. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2009-11-16.
  4. Blizzard Timeline. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2012-07-05.
  5. 2014-10-03, THE THREE LIVES OF BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT. Polygon, accessed on 2014-10-04
  6. Brendan Sinclair. 2007-12-03. Activision, Vivendi merger reaps positive reactions. Gamespot. Accessed 2008-11-28.
  7. Activision Blizzard FAQ
  8. Ordinn. 2007-12-02. 0. Activision Blizzard FAQ . WoW General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2007-12-02
  9. Worldwide Invitation 2008
  10. 2014-03-11, Pre-purchase Warlords of Draenor™ Now and Get a Level-90 Character Boost. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2014-03-13
  11. 2014-09-30, Hearthstone's next add-on will be a full expansion with over 100 new cards. Polygon, accessed on 2014-10-02
  12. 12.0 12.1 2013-11-10, Blizzard Working On Bringing Warcraft & Warcraft II To Modern PCs. Gameinformer, accessed on 2013-12-11
  13. 2013-11-12, World of Warcraft Sixth Expansion Already in Development. IGN, accessed on 2013-12-11
  14. 2014-02-06, World of Warcraft Ended 2013 with 7.8 Million Subscribers. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2014-02-07
  15. 2013-12-10, Blizzard Unannounced Game by a Hearthstone-like Small Team. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2013-12-11
  16. 2014-05-09, What's Up With Blizzard's Project Titan?. Kotaku, accessed on 2014-05-10
  17. September, 2014, Goodbye Project Titan, Hello Project Prometheus. Tee Hunter, accessed on 2014-10-05
  18. 2014-11-23, A brief history of Blizzard's canceled and unreleased games. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2014-09-24
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 2008-02-07, D.I.C.E. '08: Blizzard talks about blowing up. Gamespot, accessed on 2013-05-29
  20. 2012-10-12, Blizzard North considered making Diablo Junior for the Game Boy Color. Joystiq, accessed on 2013-05-29
  21. 21.0 21.1 Blizzard Entertainment Inc., Moby Games. Accessed on 2013-05-28
  22. JudgeHype, Pax Imperia II. Accessed on 2013-05-28
  23. 2013-02-4, The Art of Blizzard Entertainment (book) review…. Inside the Box, accessed on 2013-05-28
  24. 2012-10-23, [http://www.neowin.net/news/diablo-in-space-blizzard-actually-worked-on-starblo Diablo in space? Blizzard actually worked on "Starblo"]. Neowin.net, accessed on 2013-05-29
  25. 2014-09-23, Blizzard cancels its next-gen MMO Titan after seven years. Polygon, accessed on 2014-09-24
  26. 2008, Warcraft IV Confirmed, Starcraft II to be split into a Trilogy. NG4, accessed on 2013-05-29
  27. 2011-10-08, Warcraft IV somewhat confirmed at BlizzCon. SK Gaming, accessed on 2013-05-29
  28. 2013-11-15. Blizz On World Of Warcraft’s Procedural Future, Warcraft IV. Rock, Paper, Shotgun, accessed on 2014-04-09
  29. 2014-08-11, Blizzard Has Considered WoW 2 -- What Would You Like to See?. Gamespot, accessed on 2014-08-16
  30. Blizzard Entertainment staff, Greg Canessa. 2010-02-009. Battle.net Preview. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2010-02-09.
  31. Blizzcon Video Archive (Sonkie vs Yellow). Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2008-10-19.

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