Blizzard Entertainment

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[e][h]Blizzard Entertainment
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Company Information
Parent Company:
Activision Blizzard
Video Games
1991 as Silicon & Synapse
1994 as Chaos Studio
1994 as Blizzard Entertainment
Irvine, California, USA
Key people:
Michael Morhaime (president and co-founder)
Frank Pearce (vice president and co-founder)
Dustin Browder (StarCraft II lead designer)

Blizzard Entertainment is an American video game developer and publisher and is the company that created the StarCraft franchise.


Blizzard Entertainment was originally founded on 8 February 1991, as Silicon & Synapse, by three UCLA graduates: Michael Morhaime, Allen Adham, and Frank Pearce.[2][3] Based in Irvine, California, the company originally concentrated with the creation of ports for games that were developed by other studios.[Citation needed] In 1993, the company began development of their own game titles such as Rock N' Roll Racing and The Lost Vikings.[4] In 1994, the company renamed itself Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. before being acquired by Davidson & Associates.[Citation needed] On July 9, 2008, Activision officially merged with Vivendi Games, culminating in the inclusion of the Blizzard brand name in the title of the resulting holding company,[Citation needed] though Blizzard Entertainment remains a separate entity with independent management.[Citation needed]

Blizzard has since gone on to create several successful PC game franchises, including the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo series. Blizzard also took significant steps in MMORPG development, with the development and maintenance of the game World of Warcraft. Blizzard games in the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises, in particular StarCraft, StarCraft II, and Warcraft III, have developed into flagship games in the world of professional gaming.

Events Organised[edit]

StarCraft: Brood War[edit]

In 2005, Blizzard started to organize its own premier event, BlizzCon. BlizzCon is an annual convention organized in order to celebrate the company's major franchises: Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo. In 2005, the Brood War tournament featured eight major players, including four Korean progamers: NaDa, Reach, YellOw, and Nal_rA, as well as some of the best foreigner players: Mondragon, Assem, Testie and Legionnaire.

At Blizzcon 2007, Blizzard allowed the public to play to an early version of StarCraft II.

Event Date Winner Runner-Up TL Articles
Globe.gif BlizzCon 2005 Brood War Invitational 2005 (2005-10-28 – 2005-10-29) South Korea Zicon small.png YellOw South Korea Picon small.png Reach R&S
Globe.gif BlizzCon 2007 Brood War Invitational 2007 (2007-08-04 – 2007-08-04) South Korea Zicon small.png sAviOr South Korea Picon small.png Nal_rA [ R&S]
Globe.gif BlizzCon 2008 Brood War Invitational 2008 (2008-10-11 – 2008-10-12) South Korea Zicon small.png sAviOr South Korea Ticon small.png NaDa [ R&S]
Globe.gif BlizzCon 2009 Brood War Invitational 2009 (2009-08-22 – 2009-08-23) South Korea Zicon small.png EffOrt South Korea Zicon small.png ZerO [ R&S]

Wings of Liberty[edit]

Blizzard Entertainment still organize premiers tournaments in the StarCraft II era. Competitors are no longer invited directly into BlizzCon by Blizzard. Players must instead have to pass through qualifier tournaments to which they had been invited because of their ladder performance.

List of BlizzCon Events[edit]

Event Date Winner Runner-Up TL Articles
Globe.gif BlizzCon 2010 StarCraft II Invitational 2010-10-22 – 2010-10-23 South Korea Picon small.png Genius South Korea Ticon small.png Loner [ R&S]
Globe.gif BlizzCon 2011 StarCraft II Invitational 2011-10-21 - 2011-10-22 South Korea Ticon small.png Mvp South Korea Zicon small.png NesTea Recap
Globe.gif 2011 GSL October Code S Final @ BlizzCon 2011-10-22 South Korea Ticon small.png MMA South Korea Ticon small.png Mvp Recap
Globe.gif 2013 WCS Global Finals 2013-11-08 - 2013-11-09 South Korea Picon small.png sOs South Korea Zicon small.png Jaedong Recap
Globe.gif 2014 WCS Global Finals 2014-11-07 - 2014-11-08 South Korea Zicon small.png Life South Korea Ticon small.png MMA Recap
Globe.gif Legacy of the Void Archon Mode Show Tourney 2014-11-07 - 2014-11-08 South Korea Ticon small.png MC/South Korea HyuN South Korea Picon small.png soO/South Korea Polt [ R&S]
Globe.gif 2015 WCS Global Finals 2015-11-06 - 2015-11-07 South Korea Picon small.png sOs South Korea Zicon small.png Life Recap
Globe.gif Legacy of the Void Champions Showmatch 2015-11-06 South Korea Picon small.png MC/Canada HuK Norway Zicon small.png Snute/Germany TLO [ R&S]
Globe.gif Legacy of the Void Legends Showmatch 2015-11-06 South Korea Ticon small.png Mvp/South Korea BoxeR South Korea Zicon small.png NesTea/South Korea YellOw [ R&S]
Globe.gif 2016 WCS Global Finals 2016-11-04 - 2016-11-05 South Korea Ticon small.png ByuN South Korea Zicon small.png Dark Recap
Globe.gif 2017 WCS Global Finals 2017-11-03 - 2017-11-04 TBD TBD [ Recap]
LadderIcon.png = Ladder BlizzCon Qualifier

Globe.gif = Global Event


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  2. M. Abraham (6 November 2006). "UCLA Engineering Celebrates Accomplishments at Annual Awards Dinner". UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
  3. "Blizzard Entertainment 10th Anniversary Celebration". Blizzard Entertainment. Archived from the original on 26 January 2002. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
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