Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzard Entertainment 2015 logo.svg
2015 logo
Video game developer and publisher
Formerly called Silicon & Synapse
Chaos Studios, Inc.
Type Subsidiary
Industry Video game industry
Founded February 8, 1991
Founders Allen Adham
Michael Morhaime
Frank Pearce
President Mike Ybarra
Michael Morhaime
J. Allen Brack
Jennifer O'Neal
Headquarters Irvine, California, U.S.
Number of locations 9 (studios and offices)
Products Diablo franchise
Heroes of the Storm
Overwatch franchise
StarCraft franchise
Warcraft franchise
Parent Davidson & Associates
Vivendi Games
Activision Blizzard

A statue of an orc riding a wolf, located outside Blizzard's office.

Blizzard Entertainment® (often shortened to "Blizzard" or "Blizz") is a video game developer & publisher that is responsible for the Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo, and Overwatch franchises. The company originally concentrated primarily on the creation of game ports for other studios before beginning development of their own program with the development of games like Rock n' Roll Racing & The Lost Vikings.

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] As of October 2014, the company employs over 3,900 individuals.[4]

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[5]


Silicon & Synapse logo

Originally under the name Silicon & Synapse, the company was founded on February 8, 1991[6][7] by three graduates of the University of California, Los Angeles:[8] Allen Adham and Michael Morhaime. Brian Fargo, the CEO and founder of Interplay Entertainment, was granted a share in the company to improve the prospects of working jointly for the young studio.[9][10] Frank Pearce also joined the studio upon inception as the first employee.[11]

Chaos Studios logo

The small company initially did many "ports", converting games from one platform operating system to another, including board games (Battle Chess, Lexicross), strategy games (Castles), sports games (Amiga Baseball), and others (Dvorak Teaches Typing), though the company did become the first American developer to release a Super Nintendo title with RPM Racing, which became one of the first ten launch titles for the platform in North America.[11]

It was not until Interplay Entertainment and Silicon & Synapse collaborated on the SNES side-scroller The Lost Vikings that its critical — though not commercial — breakthrough came. With some acclaim, the game hit the shelves in 1993. The game's release, along with Rock & Roll Racking (also 1993) led Nintendo to name the studio its "Developer of the Year". Tragically, the release of the two games coincided with the death of the 16-bit console market, and neither title sold well.[11]

In August 1995, the company moved from a 3,600 sq. ft. office in Costa Mesa to a 14,000 sq. ft. office in Irvine, CA.[6]

Facing a lack of success in the console market, and not willing to bet solely on one market, the company continued developing several 16-bit console titles while branching out by starting development on two new games: Games People Play, a crossword/word-game that was never completed, and Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, whose development was led by its second employee and VP of Research & Development, Patrick Wyatt.[11]

The company temporarily re-branded itself as Chaos Studios and released the game Blackthorne under that studio name, but conflicts with an unregistered trademark for the name "Chaos" caused the company leadership to consider a new name. Upon acquisition by Davidson & Associates, then the #3 North American educational software publisher, in February 1994, the company changed its name to Blizzard Entertainment.[11]

Blizzard turned 20 years old in 2012. The history is recorded on a timeline on its own site here.[12] On February 8, 2016, Blizzard celebrated their 25th year anniversary with a video and continued to celebrate it along with the Diablo 20th anniversary at BlizzCon 2016.[13][14][15]

On October 3, 2018, Activision Blizzard announced J. Allen Brack as the new president of Blizzard Entertainment succeeding Mike Morhaime.[16] In February 2019, Blizzard underwent a round of layoffs, though announced that it would be expanding its development staff. Teams for some of its IPs, including Warcraft and Hearthstone, will be expanded.[17]

On March 7, 2019, Blizzard and partnered to release the classic Diablo on's platform[18] as well as Warcraft: Orcs & Humans and Warcraft II: Edition by March 28.[19] On June 5, 2019, Blizzard gave the OK to to add the authorized non-canoncial expansion Hellfire which was developed by Synergistic Software to Diablo as a free add-on, due to popular demand.[20]

On January 22, 2021, Vicarious Visions is now a subsidiary of Blizzard Entertainment, from Activision.[21][22] Blizzard turned 30 years old in 2021 and celebrated it at BlizzConline with the release of Blizzard Arcade Collection.

Blizzard North

Main: Blizzard North

Blizzard North was originally founded in 1993 as Condor Inc. by David Brevik, Erich Schaefer, and Max Schaefer. Blizzard North came out in January of 1995 with an idea pitched with Allen for Diablo.[23] The company was purchased and renamed later in March of 1996[7] and was the Bay Area division of Blizzard Entertainment, known for its Diablo series. The studio was originally based in Redwood City, California, before being moved a short distance away to San Mateo, California, with Blizzard proper being based in Irvine, southern California. On August 1, 2005, Blizzard Entertainment announced the closure of Blizzard North with a key reason for the closure was Blizzard's North poor development of what was to be Diablo III, which didn't meet Vivendi's expectations. There were also a couple of mentions of Blizzard South, which was known for the StarCraft and the Warcraft series. However, the name wasn't mentioned as much but it was used to keep confusion from Blizzard North as Blizzard South is based in Irvine, California, Blizzard's main location.

As Condor
As Blizzard North
  • Diablo (1996) - action role-playing game
  • Diablo II (2000) - action role-playing game
  • Diablo II: Lord of Destruction (2001) - expansion pack
  • Diablo III (in development 2000-2005 and later scrapped, remade from scratch by Blizzard Team 3) - originally was planned to be a massively multiplayer online role-playing game

TeSPA partnership

Main article: Blizzard Esports

In 2013, Blizzard announced an official partnership with TeSPA to provide licensed StarCraft, Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm in-game rewards to college gaming clubs.[24][25][26] In early 2014, TeSPA and Blizzard Entertainment hosted the $5,000 North American Collegiate Hearthstone Open series, culminating in a live grand finals event at the stage at PAX East and PAX Prime.[27]


After the release of World of Warcraft, the company divided its development staff into numerically designated teams (e.g. Team 2 is the dev team for World of Warcraft), each team focusing on a specific project. While relatively small, each team is supported by a much larger cast of employees, as well as being overseen by other groups within the company.

In addition to the numerically designated teams, "strike teams" were formed, as a result of Chris Metzen's desire to keep the company's original culture intact. These teams are not assigned to any one project, but give feedback on separate projects. A "design council" also exists, a gathering of all of the game directors and lead designers throughout the company.[4] As of August 2017, most of Blizzard's development focus is on supporting its existing IPs, but is working on new IPs as well.[28] As of November 2018, Blizzard's current development model is to effectively have one team per IP and support indefinitely. As a team grows and reaches a certain size, elements of the team will be spun off to work on a new IP. Each team consists of around 100–300 people.[29]

The list of teams of current and past include:


Main article: Service Awards

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,[34] as it and Activision continue to exist as separate entities within the Activision Blizzard umbrella.[35]


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.[36]

Published games and applications

Non-franchise games

Company Title Year Platform(s) Genre
as Silicon & Synapse RPM Racing 1991 SNES Racing game
The Lost Vikings 1992 Amiga, Amiga CD32, GBA, MS-DOS, Genesis, SNES, Windows (2014) Puzzle platform game
Rock n' Roll Racing 1993 SNES, Genesis, GBA, Windows (2014) Racing video game
as Blizzard Entertainment The Death and Return of Superman 1994 SNES, Genesis Beat 'em up
Blackthorne 1994 SNES, Sega 32X, MS-DOS, GBA, Mac OS, Windows (2013) Cinematic platformer
Justice League Task Force 1995 SNES, Genesis Fighting game
The Lost Vikings 2 1997 SNES, Saturn, PlayStation, Windows Puzzle platform game
Heroes of the Storm 2015 Microsoft Windows, macOS Team Brawler
Blizzard Arcade Collection 2021 Microsoft Windows, macOS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Racing, Cinematic platformer, Puzzle platformer


Universe Title Year Platform(s) Genre Notes
Warcraft universe Warcraft: Orcs & Humans 1994 (original)
2019 (
MS-DOS, Mac OS, PC-98 Real-time strategy
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness 1995 MS-DOS, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows Real-time strategy
Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal 1996 Mac OS, MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows RTS expansion pack
Warcraft II: The Dark Saga 1997 Sony PlayStation, Sega Saturn Real-time strategy
Warcraft II: Edition 1999 (original)
2019 (
MS-DOS, Mac OS, Microsoft Windows Real-time strategy
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos 2002 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS Real-time strategy
Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne 2003 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS RTS expansion
World of Warcraft 2004 Microsoft Windows, macOS, (Linux via Wine or Cedega) MMORPG
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 2007 Expansion
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King 2008 Expansion
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 2010 Expansion
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria 2012 Expansion
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft 2014 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, iPad, Android, iPhone CCG
Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas 2014 CCG Adventure
World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor 2014 Expansion
Hearthstone: Goblins vs Gnomes 2014 CCG Expansion
Hearthstone: Blackrock Mountain 2015 CCG Adventure
Hearthstone: The Grand Tournament 2015 CCG Expansion
Hearthstone: The League of Explorers 2015 CCG Adventure
Hearthstone: Whispers of the Old Gods 2016 CCG Expansion
Hearthstone: One Night in Karazhan 2016 CCG Expansion
World of Warcraft: Legion 2016 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X Expansion
Hearthstone: Mean Streets of Gadgetzan 2016 CCG Expansion
Hearthstone: Journey to Un'Goro 2017 CCG Expansion
Hearthstone: Knights of the Frozen Throne 2017 CCG Expansion
Hearthstone: Kobolds & Catacombs 2017 CCG Expansion
World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth 2018 Microsoft Windows, macOS Expansion
Hearthstone: The Witchwood 2018 CCG Expansion
Hearthstone: The Boomsday Project 2018 CCG Expansion
Hearthstone: Rastakhan's Rumble 2018 CCG Expansion
Hearthstone: Rise of Shadows 2019 CCG Expansion
Hearthstone: Saviors of Uldum 2019 CCG Expansion
Hearthstone: Tombs of Terror 2019 CCG Adventure
World of Warcraft: Classic 2019 Microsoft Windows, macOS Server option
Hearthstone: Descent of Dragons 2019 CCG Expansion
Hearthstone: Galakrond's Awakening 2020 CCG Adventure
Warcraft III: Reforged 2020 Microsoft Windows, macOS Real-time strategy Remaster of Warcraft III
Hearthstone: Ashes of Outland 2020 CCG Expansion
Hearthstone: Scholomance Academy 2020 CCG Expansion
Hearthstone: Madness at the Darkmoon Faire 2020 CCG Expansion
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 2020 Microsoft Windows, macOS Expansion
Hearthstone: Darkmoon Races 2021 CCG mini-set
Hearthstone: Forged in the Barrens 2021 CCG Expansion
World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Classic 2021 Microsoft Windows, macOS Server option
Hearthstone: United in Stormwind 2021 CCG Expansion
Untitled Warcraft mobile game[37] TBA Mobile platforms MMORTS[38]
StarCraft franchise StarCraft 1998 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X Real-time strategy
StarCraft: Brood War 1998 Expansion
StarCraft 64 2000 Nintendo 64 Real-time strategy
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty 2010 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X Real-time strategy
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm 2013 Expansion
StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void 2015 Expansion
StarCraft II: Nova Covert Ops 2016 Mission packs (1-3)
StarCraft: Remastered 2017 Microsoft Windows, macOS Real-time strategy
StarCraft II: Free to Play 2017
Diablo franchise Diablo 1996
2019 (
Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, PlayStation (1998) Action role-playing, hack and slash, dark fantasy
Diablo II 2000 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X Action role-playing, hack and slash
Diablo II: Lord of Destruction 2001 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X Expansion pack
Diablo III 2012 Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlaySation 3/4 and Xbox 360/One (2013) Action role-playing, hack and slash
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls 2014 Microsoft Windows, OS X Expansion
Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition 2014 PlaySation 3/4, Xbox 360/One
Diablo III: Eternal Collection[39] 2018 Windows, macOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
Diablo II: Resurrected 2021 Microsoft Windows, macOS, consoles Action roleplaying, hack n' slash
Diablo Immortal Q1/Q2 2022 Android, iOS MMOARPG
Diablo IV TBA Microsoft Windows, macOS, consoles Action roleplaying, hack n' slash
Overwatch franchise Overwatch 2016 Microsoft Windows, macOS, Xbox One, Playstation 4 Team-based multiplayer shooter
Overwatch 2 TBA Microsoft Windows, macOS, consoles Team-based multiplayer shooter


Title Release year Platform(s) Notes
Blizzard Downloader † Windows, Mac OS Replaced / Defunct
Blizzard Launcher † 2005 Windows, Mac OS Introduced with patch 1.8.3, replaced and no longer used since 6.0.2
Blizzard Repair † Windows, Mac OS Replaced with the desktop app
Blizzard Updater † Windows, Mac OS Replaced with the desktop app
Blizzard Mobile Authenticator 2009 iOS, Android
Windows, † Blackberry †
Originally named Mobile Authenticator
BlizzCon Mobile 2011 iOS, Android Originally BlizzCon Guide
WoW Mobile Armory † 2009 iOS, Android
StarCraft WCS 2013 iOS, Android Originally Blizzard WCS
Blizzard desktop app 2013 Windows, macOS Originally named desktop app and Blizzard desktop app
Blizzard AR Viewer † 2014 iOS, Android Defunct on iOS
WoW Legion Companion App † 2016 iOS, Android
Blizzard Mobile app 2017 iOS, Android
Overwatch League Mobile App 2018 iOS, Android
BlizzCon TV 2018 Fire TV, Apple TV
Blizzard Esports 2018 iOS, Android
WoW Companion App 2018 iOS, Android
 † Defunct


Related pen-and-paper RPG materials

Rumored games

Note: Blizzard has confirmed that they are NOT working on a StarCraft or Diablo MMORPG.[40]

Unreleased/Cancelled games

About 50% of all Blizzard games have been canceled during development.[29]


These are the following awards received for Blizzard Entertainment and Warcraft related.[63] For other game awards, see Diablo and StarCraft.

BlizzCon 2017
World of Warcraft
Warlords of Draenor
  • Editor's Choice - IGN
  • People's Choice: Best Game Expansion/Add On - IGN
  • Mobile & Handheld in 2015 - BAFTA
  • Multiplayer in 2015 - BAFTA
  • Top 10 Video Games of 2014 - Time
  • Best Video Games of 2014 - Forbes
  • Best Games of 2014 - Wired
  • 10 Great Games for Your Smartphone or Tablet - USA Today
  • Top 10 Must-Play Games of 2014 - Mashable
  • The Best Mobile Games of 2014 - Mashable
  • Top 50 Video Games of 2014 - NY Daily News
  • The 10 Best Apps for Your new iPad - Yahoo
  • Game of the Year #6: Hearthstone - Polygon
  • Best Mobile Game Winner - IGN
  • Game Informer Best of 2014 Awards - Game Informer
  • Eli’s Top Ten Games of 2014 - Touch Arcade
  • Staff Picks: The Best Games of 2014 - GamesBeat
  • The 12 Best Video Games of 2014 - Kotaku
  • The VG247 Games of the Year - VG 24/7
  • Five Favorites from the Video Games Channel - The Escapist
  • GT Best of 2014 Awards - Game Trailers
  • 2014 GOTY #8: Hearthstone - ShackNews
  • Best Online Game - 32nd Golden Joystick Awards
  • Best Mobile Game - 32nd Golden Joystick Awards
  • People's Choice - Best Mobile Game 2014 - IGN
  • People's Choice - Best Tactics/Strategy Game of 2014 - IGN
  • IGN Official Best Tactics/Strategy Game - IGN
  • Best Digital Card Game of 2013 – Forbes
  • Best Strategy Game of 2013 – ZAM
  • 2013 New Game of the Year – ZAM
World of Warcraft
Mists of Pandaria
  • Top 50 of 2012 - Game Informer
  • Readers' Top 50 Games of 2012 - Eurogamer
  • Best MMOs of 2012 - GamesBeat
  • Best Additional Content - Inside Gaming Awards 2012
  • Editors' Choice - GameTrailers
  • 5 out of 5 - Escapist
  • 4.5 out of 5 - G4
  • 8.7 out of 10 - IGN
  • "WoW's best expansion to date" (unstarred review) - USA Today
  • "Best expansion for World of Warcraft yet" (unstarred review) - PC World
World of Warcraft
  • MMO Game of the Year - GameSpy
  • Best MMO (PC) - IGN
  • Best MMORPG - 1UP
  • Best MMO of the Year - G4TV
  • Readers' Choice: Best Fantasy Game (PC) - IGN
  • Best Expansion/DLC - Game Banshee
  • Best Multiplayer - RPGamer
  • 2010 Gaming Awards - Maximum PC
  • Best Expansion - GameTrailers
World of Warcraft
Wrath of the Lich King
  • Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year - 12th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards
  • Best Expansion Pack - GameSpot
  • Top 10 Games of the Year 2008, PC and Overall -
  • Best of 2008 - Top 5 PC Games - Wired
  • Best Games of 2008 - Metacritic
  • Top 50 Games of the Year - Eurogamer
  • Top 50 Games of the Year - Game Informer
  • Favorite Expansion of 2008 - Massively
  • Best MMORPG - VGChartz
  • Best Expansion of 2008 -
  • Editors' Choice - Gamespot
  • Editors' Choice -
  • Editors' Choice - IGN
  • Editors' Choice - PC Gamer
World of Warcraft
The Burning Crusade
  • Development of Massively Multiplayer Online Graphical Role Playing Games - 59th Engineering and Scientific Emmy Awards
  • Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year - Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Interactive Achievement
  • Design Award: Best Mac OS X Game - Apple
  • Visual Effects Society Award - Pre-rendered Visuals in a Video Game
  • Expansion Pack of the Year - GameSpot
  • Expansion Pack of the Year - GameZone
  • Game Informer's Top 50 of 2007
  • Top 50 Games of 2007 and Readers' Top 50 Games of 2007 - Eurogamer
  • #5 overall on PC, #7 across all platforms, and Gamers' Choice PC RPG of the Year - GameSpy
  • Editors' Choice - Gamespot
  • Editors' Choice - IGN
  • Editors' Choice - MacWorld
  • Editors' Choice - GameSpy
  • PC Game of the Month - Game Informer
  • IGN Readers' Choice Award - Best Expansion - IGN
World of Warcraft
  • Best Game of the Year Award - GameSpot
  • Best PC Game of the Year - GameSpot
  • Best Massively Multiplayer Online Game - GameSpot
  • Editor's Choice Award - GameSpot
  • Best Role-Playing (RPG or MMORPG) - GameSpy
  • PC RPG / MMORPG Gamers' Choice Awards - GameSpy
  • Special Achievement in Art Direction - GameSpy
  • Editor's Choice Award - GameSpy
  • Best Persistent World Game - IGN
  • Editor's Choice Award - IGN
  • Best PC RPG - FileFront
  • Best Massively Multiplayer Game - VoodooExtreme
  • Best of Show (E3 2003) - Wargamer
  • Best Persistent Online Title (E3 2003) - IGN PC
  • Runner up for Best Graphics (E3 2003) - IGN Vault
Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne
  • Best Expansion Pack - Gamespot
  • Best Multiplayer Game - Gamespot
  • Best PC Strategy Game (Readers' Choice) - GameSpot
  • Game of the Month - IGN PC
  • Editor's Choice (90 out of 100 rating) - Games Xtreme
  • Editor's Choice (9 out of 10 rating) - Strategy Gaming Online
  • PC Strategy Gamers' Choice - GameSpy
  • 94 out of 100 rating - Next Level Gaming
  • 94 out of 100 rating - Gamer Play Networks
  • 94 out of 100 rating - Game Marshal
  • 94 out of 100 rating - GameAxis
  • 92 out of 100 rating - The Gamer's Temple
  • 91 out of 100 rating - Action Trip
  • 90 out of 100 rating - Gameguru Mania
  • 88 out of 100 rating - GameSpy
  • 10 out of 10 rating - Game Chronicles Magazine
  • 9.4 out of 10 rating - GameZone
  • 9.2 out of 10 rating - GameSpot
  • 9 out of 10 rating - IGN PC
  • 8.9 out of 10 rating - Worthplaying
  • 8.8 out of 10 rating - Gamer's Hell
  • 5 out of 5 rating - GamePro
  • A- rating - UGO
Warcraft III
  • Computer Strategy Game of the Year - Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences
  • Game of the Year - Gamespot
  • Game of the Year - Macworld
  • Game of the Year - XSages
  • Game of the Year - Fragland
  • Game of the Year - Cinescape
  • Game of the Year - Gaming Illustrated
  • Best PC Game of the Year - GameNOW
  • Best Real-Time Strategy Game of the Year - PC Gamer
  • Best Multiplayer Strategy Game of the Year - Gamespot
  • Best PC Strategy Game of the Year - GameNOW
  • Best PC Strategy Game of the Year - Game Revolution
  • Best PC Strategy Game of the Year - Telefragged
  • Best PC Strategy Game of the Year - OCAddiction
  • Best PC Strategy Game of the Year (Reader's Choice) - GameSpot
  • Readers Choice 2002: Best PC Game of the Year - GamePro
  • Strategy Game of the Year - Gamer's Pulse
  • Gamer's Choice: Overall PC Game of the Year - Gamespy
  • Gamer's Choice: PC Strategy Game of the Year - Gamespy
  • Best Non-Interactive 3D Game Cinematics - International 3D Awards
  • Best Cinematic - IGN
  • Best CG Cinematics (tie) - Gamespy's Best of E3 2002 Awards
  • Best Opening Movie - Game Chronicles
  • Editor's Choice (10 out of 10 rating) - Game Chronicles
  • Editor's Choice (9.6 out of 10 rating) - Gaming Illustrated
  • Editor's Choice (9.5 out of 10 rating) - SLCCentral
  • Editor's Choice (9.5 out of 10 rating) - The Entertainment Depot
  • Editor's Choice (95 out of 100 rating) - Action Trip
  • Editor's Choice (94 out of 100 rating) - PC Gamer
  • Editor's Choice (93 out of 100 rating) - Gaming Excellence
  • Editor's Choice (93 out of 100 rating) - Invisible Dream
  • Editor's Choice (9.3 out of 10 rating) - IGN
  • Editor's Choice (92 out of 100 rating) - Gamitopia
  • Editor's Choice (9.1 out of 10 rating) - Firing Squad
  • Editor's Choice (8.7 out of 10 rating) - Strategy Gaming Online
  • 5 out of 5 rating - Games First
  • 5 out of 5 rating (Award for Excellence) - Wargamer
  • 5 out of 5 rating (Seal of Excellence) - The Adrenaline Vault
  • 6 out of 6 rating (Drool Award) - Gamers
  • 9.7 out of 10 rating (Outstanding Game Award) -
  • 97 out of 100 rating - Wired Play
  • 96 out of 100 rating (Award of Excellence) - The Gamers Temple
  • 95 out of 100 rating (GG Platinum Award) - Gone Gold
  • 93 out of 100 rating - Game Rankings
  • 9.3 out of 10 rating - Geek Haven
  • 9.3 out of 10 rating (Game of the Month July 2002) - GameSpot
  • 92 out of 100 rating (AOG Approved) - All Out Games
  • 9 out of 10 rating (Mindless Choice Award) - Mindless Games
  • 90 out of 100 rating (Gamers' Choice Award) - Game Over
  • 8.9 out of 10 rating (Silver Hell Award) - Gamer's Hell
  • 4 out of 5 rating (Top Game) - Games Domain
  • Best Animation 2003 - Digital Media World
  • Best Cut Scenes 2002 - XSages
  • Best Cinematic/Cut-Scene Audio -
Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal
  • 1997 Game add-on of the year - Computer Gaming World
  • 1996 Best Enhancement of an Existing game - Computer Gaming World
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness
  • Hall of Fame Inductee - Computer Gaming World
  • Game of the Year - PC Gamer
  • Game of the Year finalist - Computer Games Strategy Plus
  • Best Multiplayer Game of the Year - PC Gamer
  • Best On-line Game - c|net Award of Internet Excellence
  • Best Strategy Game - MacWorld Macintosh Hall of Fame 1997
  • Best New Game - MacUser Editors' Choice Awards
  • Best Internet Game - Video Game Advisor
  • Europe Software of Excellence Award - Ziff-Davis UK
  • 1996 Innovations Award - Consumer Electronics Show, Winter 1996
  • 1996 Eddy Award: Best Game - MacUser
  • 1996 "Best of After Hours" - PC Magazine
  • Real-Time Strategy Game of the Year runner-up - Computer Games Strategy Plus
  • Game of the Year finalist - Computer Games Strategy Plus
  • Number-one selling entertainment CD-ROM of 1996 - PC Data
  • Strategy Hall of Fame award - MacWorld magazine
  • #2 Reader's Top 50 - PC Gamer
  • Editors' Choice Award - PC Gamer
  • CG Choice Award - Computer Gaming World
  • Golden Triad Award - Computer Game Review
  • 96-percent rating - PC Gamer
  • 93-percent rating - Computer Game Review
  • 4.5 out of 5 rating - Computer Gaming World
Warcraft: Orcs & Humans
  • 1995 Premier finalist - Computer Gaming World
  • Editors' Choice Award - PC Gamer
  • Strategy Game of the Year runner-up - PC Gamer
  • Critics' Pick - Computer Life
  • 1995 Best Strategy finalist - Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences
  • 1995 Innovations Award - Consumer Electronics Show, Winter 1995
  • Four out of five rating - Computer Gaming World
  • 92-percent rating - PC Gamer
  • Four out of five rating - Computer Life
Blizzard Entertainment
Developer Awards
  • Time Lists All-Time 100 Video Games - Time
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For 2015 - Fortune
  • Top 10 Innovative Companies in Gaming 2015 – Fast Company
  • Top Places to Work 2011 - Orange County Register
  • Spike TV Video Game Awards 2011 - "Gamer God" - "Additional honors included the second ever Gamer God Award, which was bestowed upon Blizzard Entertainment, the creators of the "World of Warcraft," "Starcraft" and "Diablo" series. Original founders Michael Morhaime, Allen Adham and Frank Pearce were all on hand to accept the prestigious award."
  • Top Places To Work 2010 - Orange County Register
  • Top Places to Work 2009 - County Register
  • OC's Best Places to Work 2009 - Orange County Business Journal
  • Company of the Year 2009 - Technology Council
  • Top Places to Work 2008 - Orange County Register
  • OC Metro's Top Places to Work For 2008
  • German Award for Computergames
  • Best Multimedia Company of 1999 - SC Software Publishers Association
  • Best Software Developer of 1993 - VideoGames Magazine
  • Developer's Spotlight Award - Computer Game Developer's Association
  • Best Director of Animation: StarCraft - 1997 World Animation Celebration
  • Award of Merit: Lifetime Achievement for Mike Morhaime, Allen Adham, and Frank Pearce - IGN


Main article: Category:Blizzard Entertainment employees


Previous notable employees


Notes and trivia

  • Since their beginnings as a North American company focusing primarily on the English-speaking market, Blizzard has gone on to become a "global business".[4] As of 2014, more than half of its players are in Asia.[4]
  • According to Hearthstone's Senior Producer Yong Woo, Blizzard employees receive some of their bonus money in "Blizzard bucks", which can be spent on company products such as card packs.[67]




Blizzard Retrospective


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