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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

4,600 employees (September 2009)[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.

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[2]

History

Blizzard turned 20 years old in 2012. Its history is recorded on a timeline on its own site here.[3]

Relationship with Activision Blizzard

Main article: Activision Blizzard

Vivendi Games, the former publisher for Blizzard Entertainment, was the majority shareholder of Activision Blizzard.[4] Almost no change is expected at Blizzard Entertainment, and it and Activision will continue to exist as separate entitites.[5] Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. will remain as Blizzard's brand.[6]

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.[7]

Blizzard Games

Released

In Development

As of June, 2014, Blizzard is known to be working on three unannounced games, including Titan.[12] References have been made to an unannounced "major game" to be released in 2014,[13] an unannounced "small team" game to be released at an in-determinate point,[14] and a "top-secret project to be unveiled sometime in 2014."[15]

Unreleased

Blizzard Employees

Main article: Blizzard personnel

Notable Blizzard Entertainment employees include:

References

  1. Gamasutra Staff. 2009-09-17. GDC Austin: An Inside Look At The Universe Of Warcraft. Gamasutra. Accessed 2010-01-14.
  2. Mission Statement. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2009-11-16.
  3. Blizzard Timeline. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2012-07-05.
  4. Brendan Sinclair. 2007-12-03. Activision, Vivendi merger reaps positive reactions. Gamespot. Accessed 2008-11-28.
  5. Activision Blizzard FAQ
  6. Ordinn. 2007-12-02. 0. Activision Blizzard FAQ . WoW General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2007-12-02
  7. Worldwide Invitation 2008
  8. 2014-03-11, Pre-purchase Warlords of Draenor™ Now and Get a Level-90 Character Boost. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2014-03-13
  9. 2013-05-28, Blizzard delays unannounced MMO until 2016, resets whole project (exclusive). Gamesbeat, accessed on 2013-05-29
  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. 2013-11-12, World of Warcraft Sixth Expansion Already in Development. IGN, accessed on 2013-12-11
  12. 2014-06-11, Blizzard Entertainment Acquires Metal Arms Trademark. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2014-06-12
  13. 2014-02-06, World of Warcraft Ended 2013 with 7.8 Million Subscribers. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2014-02-07
  14. 2013-12-10, Blizzard Unannounced Game by a Hearthstone-like Small Team. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2013-12-11
  15. 2014-05-09, What's Up With Blizzard's Project Titan?. Kotaku, accessed on 2014-05-10
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 2008-02-07, D.I.C.E. '08: Blizzard talks about blowing up. Gamespot, accessed on 2013-05-29
  17. 2012-10-12, Blizzard North considered making Diablo Junior for the Game Boy Color. Joystiq, accessed on 2013-05-29
  18. 18.0 18.1 Blizzard Entertainment Inc., Moby Games. Accessed on 2013-05-28
  19. JudgeHype, Pax Imperia II. Accessed on 2013-05-28
  20. 2013-02-4, The Art of Blizzard Entertainment (book) review…. Inside the Box, accessed on 2013-05-28
  21. 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
  22. 2008, Warcraft IV Confirmed, Starcraft II to be split into a Trilogy. NG4, accessed on 2013-05-29
  23. 2011-10-08, Warcraft IV somewhat confirmed at BlizzCon. SK Gaming, accessed on 2013-05-29
  24. 2013-11-15. Blizz On World Of Warcraft’s Procedural Future, Warcraft IV. Rock, Paper, Shotgun, accessed on 2014-04-09
  25. 2014-08-11, Blizzard Has Considered WoW 2 -- What Would You Like to See?. Gamespot, accessed on 2014-08-16
  26. Blizzard Entertainment staff, Greg Canessa. 2010-02-009. Battle.net Preview. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2010-02-09.
  27. Blizzcon Video Archive (Sonkie vs Yellow). Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2008-10-19.

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