1994 as Chaos Studio
1994 as Blizzard Entertainment
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. Based in Irvine, California, the company originally concentrated with the creation of ports for games that were developed by other studios. In 1993, the company began development of their own game titles such as Rock N' Roll Racing and The Lost Vikings. In 1994, the company renamed itself Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. before being acquired by Davidson & Associates. 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, though Blizzard Entertainment remains a separate entity with independent management.
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.
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