Co-Founder, CEO & President
Co-Founder & CDO
Blizzard Entertainment was founded in the year 1991. The company has been operational for almost 28 years now. The founders of the company were Frank Pearce, Michael Morhaime and Allen Adham. The former name of the company was Silicon & Synapse. Each of the co-founders had contributed almost $10,000 in order to fund the company. During the first two years of its operations, the company started to generate game ports for other studios. The game titles included Battle Chess II Chinese Chess and JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings Vol I. Then in the year 1993, the company had developed other game titles such as The Lost Vikings and also Rock n’ Roll Racing as well.
In the year 1994, the company had taken over the distributor named Davidson & Associates, for about $6.7 million. During that year, Chaos Studios was renamed to Blizzard Entertainment. The first game title shipped by Blizzard was Warcraft Orcs & Humans, which was a breakthrough hit for the company. During the next couple of year, the company had gone through several ownerships. In the year 1996, Davidson along with Sierra On-Line was taken over by CUC International. Then in the year 1998, the company was taken over by Vivendi Games Group. After Vivendi had bought over Activision in the year 2008, Blizzard was merged with Activision, in order to form Activision Blizzard. Blizzard was responsible for the development of games like Diablo and also Diablo 2 along with Starcraft too. Blizzard started its own online gaming service known as Battle.net, in the year 1997. In the year 2004, the company had released its MMO game known as World of Warcraft. By the year 2010, almost 12 million monthly subscriptions were enjoyed by the company. This number of subscriptions had been degraded to nearly 6.8 million, in the year 2014. During the year 2012, the company had almost 4,700 employees, which was shortened to almost 2,600 employees by the year 2015. As of the year 2017, the company was responsible for taking over The Burbank Studios. The headquarters of the company is based in 1 Blizzard Way. The name of the place is Irvine, while the name of the state is California, USA. The pin code of the area is 92618.
Blizzard Entertainment is an American company that focuses on the designing and development of various kinds of video game titles for computers and game consoles, for gamers all around the globe. The current president of the company is J Allen Black. As of the year 2015, the number of employees working at the company is more than 2,600. The company is responsible for the development of games titles like the Diablo series, Worth of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Warcraft series and Starcraft series. The company hosts its own convention, known as BlizzCon, every year in California, USA. The Blizzard Worldwide Invitational is held in France and South Korea.
The primary services provided by the company include allowing customers to have an online as well as a retail presence in order to purchase various types of video game titles that are fully designed, coded and developed by the company itself. The company has almost nine studios under its name and is responsible for producing some of the most iconic video game titles in the history of the gaming industry.
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