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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.[1] The company was purchased and renamed later in March of 1996[2] 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 1 August 2005, Blizzard Entertainment announced the closure of Blizzard North; a key reason for the closure was the poor development of what was to be Diablo III, which didn't meet Vivendi's expectations.


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 Team 3) - originally was planned to be a massively multiplayer online role-playing game


  • There have been some mentions of Blizzard South, which was used to differentiate Blizzard North from Blizzard's main location in Irvine, California.


  1. ^ Blizzard North: Condor and Diablo. Blizzard Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2002-02-22. Retrieved on 2017-11-21.
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