July 28, 2016 2:26 AM ET


Company Overview of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Company Overview

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. develops and publishes entertainment software solutions for creating games. The company offers products, which include action figures, novels, manga, board games, pen-and-paper role-playing games, and apparel. It also offers online-gaming services. The company offers its games through gaming and electronics retailers; and various other related products from its stores in the United States and internationally. Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. was formerly known as Chaos Studios, Inc. and changed its name to Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. in May 1994. The company was founded in 1991 and is based in Irvine, California. Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. operates as a subsidiary...

16215 Alton Parkway

Irvine, CA 92618-3616

United States

Founded in 1991





Key Executives for Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President
Age: 48
Co- Founder and Senior Vice President
Co- Founder
Chief Operating Officer
Vice President of Console Development
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Key Developments

Blizzard Entertainment and Netease, Inc. Announces the Launch of World of Warcraft(R) : Warlords of Draenor(TM) in China

Blizzard Entertainment and NetEase, Inc. announced that World of Warcraft(R): Warlords of Draenor(TM), the fifth expansion set for the subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game, will launch in mainland China on November 18, 2014. To celebrate the upcoming expansion launch, Blizzard and NetEase will host a live event in Beijing on November 16, 2014. The event will feature videos and a discussion panel with World of Warcraft game developers. Players will also be able to experience and share the excitement of the new expansion launch via a live web broadcast and will get the opportunity to win prizes, including prepaid point cards.

Activision Blizzard Patent Infringement Markman Hearing Completes

The Markman hearing for the patent infringement suit by Worlds Inc. against Activision Blizzard, Inc., Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. and Activision Publishing, Inc. (Activision Blizzard et al), was held October 3, 2014 to address various aspects of the infringement suit claims and how the words in the 11 disputed "constructions" in the claims should be construed for jury consideration. The additional purpose is for the court to determine the meaning and intent of the language used in the claims. As is typical in Markman Hearings, no ruling was issued from the bench by Judge Denise Casper of the United District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The court gave no indication of when it would issue the ruling.

Blizzard Entertainment Announces Availability of Diablo(R) III: Reaper of Souls, Ultimate Evil Edition in Stores

Blizzard Entertainment announced that Diablo(R) III: Reaper of Souls, Ultimate Evil Edition(TM) is now available on the PlayStation(R) 3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation(R) 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360(R), and Xbox One(TM). The console-exclusive Ultimate Evil Edition is filled to the brim with action, adventure, and epic loot, it includes all of the content from Blizzard's action role-playing game Diablo III, as well as new features and updates from the critically acclaimed Reaper of Souls expansion, including Adventure Mode, Act V, the Crusader class, leveling to 70, new Legendary loot, new crafting options, and much more. The Ultimate Evil Edition is available now at retail stores and digitally through the PlayStation(R) Store and Xbox Store (Xbox 360 digital version will be available September 18). The Ultimate Evil Edition takes advantage of the unique features of the console platforms. All four console versions of the Ultimate Evil Edition feature 4-player same-screen and online multiplaye whether Sanctuary's heroes are banding together on the same couch or joining the fray via PlayStation(R) Network or Xbox Live, Reaper of Souls makes it easy to experience Diablo in the best way possible: with friends. In addition, players who fought the forces of evil in the original PS3(TM) or Xbox 360 versions of Diablo III are able to continue their crusade against death, including cross-platform support on next-gen consoles. PS3(TM) characters from the original game can be transferred to the PS3(TM), PS4(TM), or Xbox One version of the Ultimate Evil Edition, and Xbox 360 characters can be transferred to the Xbox 360, Xbox One, or PS4(TM) versions. All of this new content comes with the Ultimate Evil Edition, which players can purchase at a suggested retail price of $59.99 for the PS4(TM) or Xbox One, or $39.99 for the PS3(TM) or Xbox 360. Players who take the fight for Sanctuary to their big screen TV on the PS3(TM) or PS4(TM) will also enjoy exclusive content based on two popular PlayStation(R) games.

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