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Encyclopedia > Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzard Entertainment
Type Subsidiary of Vivendi Games
(Pending subsidiary of Activision Blizzard upon merger close)
Founded 1991 (as Silicon & Synapse)
Headquarters 131 Theory
Flag of the United States Irvine, California, USA.[1]
Key people Michael Morhaime (president and co-founder)
Frank Pearce (vice president and co-founder)
Rob Pardo (vice president)
Chris Metzen (VP of Creative Development)
Shahram Dabiri (producer on World of Warcraft)
Jeffrey Kaplan (lead designer on World of Warcraft)
Industry Computer and video game industry
Products The Warcraft series
The StarCraft series
The Diablo series
Revenue $1.1 Billion
Employees 2,700[2]
Website www.blizzard.com

Blizzard Entertainment, a division of French Vivendi Games, is an American computer game developer and publisher headquartered in Irvine, California.[3] Vivendi Games (formerly known as Vivendi Universal Games) is a global developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment. ... Activision Blizzard, Inc. ... Blizzard Entertainment is a highly successful PC game developer and publisher. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Motto: Innovation. ... This article is about the U.S state. ... Mike Morhaime is the president and a co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment, a video game developer located in Irvine, California and currently owned by the Vivendi Games group of Vivendi. ... Frank Pearce is one of three men who founded Silicon & Synapse in 1991, the company that went on to become Blizzard Entertainment. ... Rob Pardo in his office Rob Pardo (born 9 June) is vice president of game design at Blizzard Entertainment. ... Chris Vincent Metzen alias Thundergod[1] is the Vice President of Creative Development at the computer game developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment. ... Shahram Dabiri (also known as Shane Dabiri) is the Lead Producer responsible for the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) World of Warcraft. ... Jeffrey Kaplan is the lead designer responsible for the World Design for the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) World of Warcraft. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... “The world of Warcraft” redirects here. ... This article is about the video game. ... Diablo is a dark fantasy-themed action role-playing game developed by Blizzard North and released by Blizzard Entertainment in December 1996. ... For the tax agency in Ireland of the same name, see Revenue Commissioners. ... This article is about work. ... A website (alternatively, web site or Web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or more web servers, usually accessible via the Internet. ... Vivendi Games (formerly known as Vivendi Universal Games) is a global developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates video games. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Motto: Innovation. ...


In December 2007 it was announced that Vivendi Games would merge with Activision, using Blizzard's name for the resulting company, Activision Blizzard.[4] Vivendi Games (formerly known as Vivendi Universal Games) is a global developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment. ... Activision headquarters in Santa Monica Activision, Inc. ... Activision Blizzard, Inc. ...

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History

Blizzard Entertainment was founded by Michael Morhaime, Allen Adham and Frank Pearce as Silicon & Synapse in February of 1991, a year after [5] all three had received their bachelor's degrees from UCLA.[6][5] In the early days the company focused on creating game ports for other studios. Ports include titles such as J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I and Battle Chess II: Chinese Chess.[7][8] In 1993, the company developed games like Rock N' Roll Racing and The Lost Vikings (published by Interplay Productions). In 1994, the company briefly changed its name to Chaos Studios, before finally settling on Blizzard Entertainment after it was discovered that another company with the Chaos name already existed. That same year, they were acquired by distributor Davidson & Associates for under $10 million. Shortly thereafter, Blizzard shipped their breakthrough hit Warcraft: Orcs and Humans. Mike Morhaime is the president and a co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment, a video game developer located in Irvine, California and currently owned by the Vivendi Games group of Vivendi. ... Along with Mike Morhaime and Frank Pearce, Allen Adham was one of three co-founders of Silicon & Synapse which changed its name to the better known as Blizzard Entertainment. ... Frank Pearce is one of three men who founded Silicon & Synapse in 1991, the company that went on to become Blizzard Entertainment. ... A bachelors degree is usually an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three, four, or in some cases and countries, five or six years. ... Binomial name Ucla xenogrammus Holleman, 1993 The largemouth triplefin, Ucla xenogrammus, is a fish of the family Tripterygiidae and only member of the genus Ucla, found in the Pacific Ocean from Viet Nam, the Philippines, Palau and the Caroline Islands to Papua New Guinea, Australia (including Christmas Island), and the... In computer science, porting is the process of adapting software so that an executable program can be created for a computing environment that is different from the one for which it was originally designed (e. ... Rock N Roll Racing is a racing video game released for the Mega Drive/Genesis and SNES, published by Interplay and developed by Silicon & Synapse (now known as Blizzard Entertainment) in 1993. ... The Lost Vikings is a side-scrolling puzzle/platform video game which was developed by Blizzard Entertainment (then known as Silicon & Synapse) and released in 1992 by publisher Interplay Entertainment. ... Interplay redirects here. ... Davidson & Associates is a software company, famous for creating the Blaster series of educational games. ... The original box art for Warcraft: Orcs & Humans. ...


Blizzard has changed hands several times since then: Davidson was acquired along with Sierra On-Line by a company called CUC International in 1996; CUC then merged with a hotel, real-estate, and car-rental franchiser called HFS Corporation to form Cendant in 1997. In 1998 it became apparent that CUC had engaged in accounting fraud for years before the merger; Cendant's stock lost 80% of its value over the next six months in the ensuing widely discussed accounting scandal. The company sold its consumer software operations, Sierra On-line which included Blizzard, to French publisher Havas in 1998, the same year Havas was purchased by Vivendi. Blizzard is now part of the Vivendi Games group of Vivendi. Sierra Entertainment is an American computer game developer and publisher headquartered in Los Angeles, California. ... CUC International was originally named Comp-U-Card. ... Cendant Corporation was a New York-based provider of business and consumer services, primarily within the real estate and travel industries. ... Havas was the first French news agency, created in 1835 by Charles-Louis Havas. ... For a definition of the word vivendi, see the Wiktionary entry vivendi. ... Vivendi Games (formerly known as Vivendi Universal Games) is a global developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment. ...


In 1996, Blizzard acquired Condor Games, which had been working on the game Diablo for Blizzard at the time. Condor was renamed Blizzard North, and has since developed hit games Diablo, Diablo II, and its expansion pack Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. Blizzard North was located in San Mateo, California. Diablo is a dark fantasy-themed hack and slash action role-playing game developed by Blizzard North and released by Blizzard Entertainment on January 2, 1997. ... Blizzard North was the Northern-California division of Blizzard Entertainment, known for the Diablo series. ... Diablo is a dark fantasy-themed hack and slash action role-playing game developed by Blizzard North and released by Blizzard Entertainment on January 2, 1997. ... Diablo II, sequel to the game Diablo, is a dark fantasy-themed action role-playing game in a hack and slash or Dungeon Roaming style. ... San Mateo is a city in San Mateo County, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. ...


Blizzard launched their online gaming service Battle.net in January of 1997 with the release of their action-RPG Diablo. In 2002, Blizzard was able to reacquire rights for three of its earlier Silicon & Synapse titles from Interplay Entertainment and re-release them under Game Boy Advance.[9] In 2004, Blizzard opened European offices in the Paris suburb of Vélizy, Yvelines, France, responsible for the European in-game support of World of Warcraft. On November 23, 2004, Blizzard released World of Warcraft, its MMORPG offering. On May 16, 2005, Blizzard announced the acquisition of Swingin' Ape Studios, a console game developer which had been developing StarCraft: Ghost. The company was then merged into Blizzard's other teams after StarCraft: Ghost was 'postponed indefinitely'. On August 1, 2005, Blizzard announced the consolidation of Blizzard North into the headquarters at 131 Theory in UC Irvine's University Research Park in Irvine, California. Battle. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Interplay redirects here. ... “GBA” redirects here. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... This article is about the capital of France. ... Vélizy-Villacoublay is a commune in the southwestern suburbs of Paris, France. ... Yvelines is a French département in the région of ÃŽle-de-France. ... World of Warcraft (commonly abbreviated as WoW) is a massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by Blizzard Entertainment and is the fourth game in the Warcraft series, excluding expansion packs and the cancelled Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans. ... is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... World of Warcraft (commonly abbreviated as WoW) is a massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by Blizzard Entertainment and is the fourth game in the Warcraft series, excluding expansion packs and the cancelled Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans. ... An image from World of Warcraft, one of the largest commercial MMORPGs as of 2004, based on active subscriptions. ... is the 136th day of the year (137th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Look up acquisition in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Swingin Ape Studios is a video game development studio founded in July of 2000 by Steve Ranck, Mike Starich and Scott Goffman after leaving Midway Home Entertainment. ... Computer and video games A screenshot of Tetris for the Nintendo Game Boy A console game (better known as a video game) is a form of interactive multimedia used for entertainment, which consists of a moveable image displayed on a screen that is usually controlled and manipulated using a handheld... StarCraft: Ghost StarCraft: Ghost is a tactical action game for video game consoles, currently under development by Blizzard Entertainment. ... is the 213th day of the year (214th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Consolidation is the act of merging many things into one. ... Blizzard North was the Northern-California division of Blizzard Entertainment, known for the Diablo series. ... The University of California, Irvine is a public, coeducational university situated in suburban Irvine, California. ... Motto: Innovation. ...


In 2008, Blizzard was honored at the 59th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards for the creation of World of Warcraft. Mike Morhaime accepted the award. A Technology and Engineering Emmy Award is given by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) for outstanding achievement in technical or engineering development. ... Mike Morhaime is the president, and one of the founders of, Blizzard Entertainment, a video game developer located in Irvine, California and currently owned by the VU Games group of Vivendi Universal. ...


Titles

Game Name Release Year Genre
RPM Racing[7] 1991 racing game
Battle Chess II: Chinese Chess[7] 1991 puzzle game
The Lost Vikings 1992 platform game
Rock N' Roll Racing 1993 racing game
Shanghai II: Dragon's Eye 1994 Mahjong
Blackthorne[7] 1994 cinematic platform game
The Death and Return of Superman[7] 1994 side-scrolling beat 'em up
Warcraft: Orcs & Humans 1994 fantasy real-time strategy game
The Lost Vikings II 1995 platform game
Justice League Task Force[10] 1995 fighting game
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness 1995 fantasy real-time strategy game
Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal 1996 expansion pack
Diablo 1996 action-oriented fantasy role-playing game
StarCraft 1998 science fiction real-time strategy game
StarCraft: Brood War 1998 expansion pack
Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition 1999 fantasy real-time strategy game
Diablo II 2000 Action-Oriented Fantasy Role-Playing Game
Diablo II: Lord of Destruction 2001 Expansion Pack
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos 2002 Fantasy Real-Time Strategy Game
Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne 2003 Expansion Pack
World of Warcraft 2004 MMORPG set in the Warcraft universe.
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 2007 Expansion Pack
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Under Development Expansion Pack
StarCraft II Under Development Science Fiction Real-Time Strategy Game
Diablo III[11][12] Under Development Action-Oriented Fantasy Role-Playing Game
Next Gen MMO Under Development Massive Multiplayer Online Game
StarCraft: Ghost Indefinitely Postponed Third-person shooter

Notable unreleased titles include Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans, which was cancelled on May 22, 1998, Shattered Nations, and StarCraft: Ghost, which was "indefinitely postponed" on March 24, 2006 after being in development hell for much of its lifespan, and whose current status is in question. The company also has a history of missing release dates, generally saying their products are "done when it's done."[13] RPM Racing (short for Radical Psycho Machine Racing) is a Super Nintendo Entertainment System racing game developed by Silicon & Synapse(now known as Blizzard Entertainment ) with help from Interplay Entertainment and published by Interplay. ... The Lost Vikings is a side-scrolling puzzle/platform video game which was developed by Blizzard Entertainment (then known as Silicon & Synapse) and released in 1992 by publisher Interplay Entertainment. ... A simple platform sequence from the game Wonder Boy Platform game, or platformer, is a video game genre characterized by jumping to and from suspended platforms or over obstacles. ... Rock N Roll Racing is a racing video game released for the Mega Drive/Genesis and SNES, published by Interplay and developed by Silicon & Synapse (now known as Blizzard Entertainment) in 1993. ... For other uses, see Blackthorne (disambiguation). ... The Death and Return of Superman is a beat em up video game based on the Death of Superman storyline. ... Beat Em Up is the Iggy Pop album on which the band were first labeled as The Trolls: Iggy Pop, Whitey Kirst, Pete Marshall, Alex Kirst, Lloyd Mooseman Roberts. ... The original box art for Warcraft: Orcs & Humans. ... -1... The sequel to Silicon & Synapses 1992 The Lost Vikings, it is also a platform-style game. ... Justice League Task Force is a Super NES and Sega Mega Drive/Genesis tournament fighting game developed by Blizzard Entertainment and published by Acclaim Entertainment. ... This article describes fighting games in which opponents face off in a battle. ... Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness (usually simply called Warcraft II; sometimes abbreviated to WCII or WC2) is a sequel to the popular real-time strategy game Warcraft, published by Blizzard Entertainment in December 1995. ... Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness (usually simply called Warcraft II; sometimes abbreviated to WCII or WC2) is a sequel to the popular real-time strategy game Warcraft, published by Blizzard Entertainment in December 1995. ... An expansion pack is an addition to an existing game. ... Diablo is a dark fantasy-themed hack and slash action role-playing game developed by Blizzard North and released by Blizzard Entertainment on January 2, 1997. ... This article is about the video game. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... StarCraft: Brood War is an expansion pack released in 1998 for StarCraft — an award winning real-time strategy computer game developed by Blizzard Entertainment. ... An expansion pack is an addition to an existing game. ... Warcraft II: Battle. ... Diablo II, sequel to the game Diablo, is a dark fantasy-themed action role-playing game in a hack and slash or Dungeon Roaming style. ... An expansion pack is an addition to an existing game. ... Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, released by Blizzard Entertainment in 2002, is a real-time strategy computer game and the second sequel to Warcraft. ... Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, released by Blizzard Entertainment in 2002, is a real-time strategy computer game and the second sequel to Warcraft. ... An expansion pack is an addition to an existing game. ... World of Warcraft (commonly abbreviated as WoW) is a massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by Blizzard Entertainment and is the fourth game in the Warcraft series, excluding expansion packs and the cancelled Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans. ... Players interacting in Ultima Online, a classic MMORPG. Massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) is a genre of online computer role-playing games (CRPGs) in which a large number of players interact with one another in a virtual world. ... An expansion pack is an addition to an existing game. ... An expansion pack is an addition to an existing game. ... StarCraft II is a military science fiction real-time strategy video game currently under development by Blizzard Entertainment as a sequel to the award-winning 1998 video game StarCraft. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Diablo III is an action role-playing game currently in development and the third installment of Blizzards Diablo franchise. ... StarCraft: Ghost StarCraft: Ghost is a tactical action game for video game consoles, currently under development by Blizzard Entertainment. ... StarCraft II is a military science fiction real-time strategy video game currently under development by Blizzard Entertainment as a sequel to the award-winning 1998 video game StarCraft. ... is the 139th day of the year (140th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Short name Statistics Location map Map of location of Seoul. ... is the 215th day of the year (216th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Anaheim is a city in Orange County, south_west California, a part of the greater Los Angeles conurbation to the east of Long Beach. ... This article is about the U.S state. ... Diablo III is an action role-playing game currently in development and the third installment of Blizzards Diablo franchise. ... is the 179th day of the year (180th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Era (or Anno Domini), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the capital of France. ... Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans was an adventure computer game under development by Blizzard Entertainment that was to be set in the Warcraft Universe. ... is the 142nd day of the year (143rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... StarCraft: Ghost StarCraft: Ghost is a tactical action game for video game consoles, currently under development by Blizzard Entertainment. ... is the 83rd day of the year (84th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Development hell is media-industry jargon for a film, television screenplay, or computer program[1] (or sometimes just a concept or idea) getting stuck in development and never going into production. ...


Pax Imperia II was originally announced as a title to be published by Blizzard. Blizzard eventually dropped Pax Imperia II, though, when it decided it might be in conflict with their other space strategy project, the now-legendary StarCraft. THQ eventually contracted with Heliotrope and released the game in 1997 as Pax Imperia: Eminent Domain.


Blizzard Entertainment has announced that they will be producing a Warcraft live-action movie. The movie will be released by Legendary Pictures. [14] Warcraft is a live action motion picture based on the Warcraft video-game series. ...


Former employees

Over the years, some former Blizzard employees have moved on and established gaming companies of their own:

Flagship Studios is a computer game company founded by Bill Roper along with Max Schaefer, Erich Schaefer, and David Brevik, the original developers of Diablo and former high level Blizzard North executives. ... Mythos is a multiplayer computer game under development by Flagship Studios Seattle. ... ArenaNet is a computer game developer and part of NCsoft Corporation, founded in 2000 by Mike OBrien, Patrick Wyatt and Jeff Strain, former Blizzard Entertainment members that played important roles in developing the highly successful computer games Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo, Diablo II, and the Battle. ... This article is for the Guild Wars series. ... Ready at Dawn is a video game developer located in Santa Ana, California and is comprised of some of the former members of Naughty Dog and Blizzard Entertainment. ... This article is about the video game. ... Ōkami (大神 in Japanese) is a cel-shaded video game developed by Clover Studio that will be coming coming for the PS2 sometime in late 2005 or 2006. ... The Wii (pronounced as the pronoun we, IPA: ) is the fifth home video game console released by Nintendo. ... Red 5 Studios is a computer game company currently mostly known for their high ratio of former employees of Blizzard Entertainment, one of the most successful game companies in the world. ... A massive multiplayer online game (MMOG) is a type of computer game that enables hundreds or thousands of players to simultaneously interact in a game world they are connected to via the Internet. ... Castaway Entertainment is a video game developer. ... Throne of Darkness is a Japanese-themed action-oriented roleplaying game released by Vivendi Universal (VU) Games. ... Stieg Hedlund (born 1965 in Portland, Oregon) is a computer and video game designer, artist, writer, game producer and level designer. ...

Merger of Activision and Vivendi

In December 2007 it was announced that Vivendi Games would merge with games developer Activision, forming Activision Blizzard.[23] Vivendi Games (formerly known as Vivendi Universal Games) is a global developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment. ... Activision headquarters in Santa Monica Activision, Inc. ... Activision Blizzard, Inc. ...

We're pleased to announce that along with the other companies that make up Vivendi Games, we are merging with Activision to form a new global entertainment organization called Activision Blizzard (pending shareholder and regulatory approval). Similar to our previous arrangement, Blizzard Entertainment will now operate as a division of this new organization.

There will be no changes to our games, our websites, our personnel, or our day-to-day operations as a result of the deal. However, this combining of resources will benefit all of the companies involved and will further strengthen Blizzard's ability to continue delivering high-quality content for our players around the world for many years to come. To learn more about this exciting new development, please read our Activision Blizzard FAQ.[24]

Controversies

Battle.net

Main article: Battle.net

Battle.net is an online gaming service used for its games Diablo, Starcraft, Starcraft: Brood War, Diablo II, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition, Warcraft III, and Warcraft III Expansion Set: The Frozen Throne. It was released in January 1997 coinciding with the release of Diablo. It functions as a way to play over the Internet, featuring cooperative and player-versus-player game playing, a game matchmaking system, and online chat among other features. Battle.net is free, and only requires an Internet connection and account registration in order to use. Battle. ...


A group of gamers reverse engineered the network protocol used by Battle.net and Blizzard games, and released a free (under the GNU GPL) Battle.net emulation package called bnetd. With bnetd, a gamer is not required to use the official Battle.net servers to play Blizzard games. Reverse engineering (RE) is the process of taking something (a device, an electrical component, a software program, etc. ... GPL redirects here. ... bnetd is a GPLed software package that provides a complete emulation of battle. ...


In February of 2002, lawyers retained by Blizzard threatened legal action under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act against the developers of bnetd. Blizzard games are designed to operate online exclusively with a set of Blizzard-controlled servers collectively known as "Battle.net". Battle.net servers include a CD key check as a means of preventing software piracy. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a controversial United States copyright law which criminalizes production and dissemination of technology that can circumvent measures taken to protect copyright, not merely infringement of copyright itself, and heightens the penalties for copyright infringement on the Internet. ... Battle. ... A CD key is a specific software-based key for a certain program or a computer game. ... The copyright infringement of software (also known as software piracy) refers to several practices when done without the permission of the copyright holder: Creating a copy and/or selling it. ...


Despite offers from the bnetd developers to integrate Blizzard's CD key checking system into bnetd, Blizzard claims that the public availability of any such software package facilitates piracy, and moved to have the bnetd project shut down under provisions of the DMCA.[citation needed] As this case is one of the first major test cases for the DMCA, the Electronic Frontier Foundation became involved, for a while negotiations were ongoing to resolve the case without a trial. The negotiations failed however, and Blizzard won the case on all counts: the defendants were ruled to have breached both StarCraft's End User License Agreement (EULA) and the Terms of Use of Battle.net.[citation needed] EFF Logo The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is an international non-profit advocacy and legal organization based in the United States with the stated purpose of being dedicated to preserving free speech rights such as those protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution in the context of... A software license is a type of proprietary or gratiuitious license as well as a memorandum of contract between a producer and a user of computer software — sometimes called an End User License Agreement (EULA) — that specifies the perimeters of the permission granted by the owner to the user. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


This decision was appealed to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, which also ruled in favor of Blizzard/Vivendi on September 1, 2005. The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit is a federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the following United States district courts: Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa District of Minnesota Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri District of Nebraska District of... is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Warden Client

Main article: Warden (software)

Blizzard has made use of a special form of software known as the 'Warden Client'. When running, the client scans an individual's computer in order to verify compliance with the EULA/TOS. The Warden client is known to be used with Blizzard's World of Warcraft online game, and all players consent, via the EULA and terms of use, to the Warden software performing these scans while World of Warcraft is running. [25] This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Computer software (or simply software) refers to one or more computer programs and data held in the storage of a computer for some purpose. ... World of Warcraft (commonly abbreviated as WoW) is a massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by Blizzard Entertainment and is the fourth game in the Warcraft series, excluding expansion packs and the cancelled Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans. ... An image from World of Warcraft, one of the largest commercial MMORPGs as of 2004, based on active subscriptions. ... A software license is a type of proprietary or gratiuitious license as well as a memorandum of contract between a producer and a user of computer software — sometimes called an End User License Agreement (EULA) — that specifies the perimeters of the permission granted by the owner to the user. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


The Warden client scans the process names, window titles, and a small portion of the code segment of running processes in order to determine whether any of these third-party programs are running. This determination is made by hashing the scanned strings and comparing the hashed value to a list of hashes assumed to correspond to cheat programs. [26] The Warden scans all processes running on a computer, not just the World of Warcraft game, and could possibly run across what would be considered private information and other personally identifiable information. It is because of these peripheral scans that Warden has been accused of being spyware and has run afoul of controversy among privacy advocates. [27] [28] [29] In computing, a process is an instance of a computer program that is being executed. ... In computing, a code segment, also known as a text segment or simply as text, is a phrase used to refer to a portion of memory or of an object file that contains executable computer instructions. ... A hash function is a reproducible method of turning some kind of data into a (relatively) small number that may serve as a digital fingerprint of the data. ... In computer programming and formal language theory, (and other branches of mathematics), a string is an ordered sequence of symbols. ... In information security and privacy, personally identifiable information or personally identifying information (PII) is any piece of information which can potentially be used to uniquely identify, contact, or locate a single person. ... -1... Privacy is the ability of an individual or group to control the flow of information about themselves and thereby reveal themselves selectively. ...


The Warden's reliability in correctly discerning legitimate vs illegitimate actions has been called into question due to actions Blizzard has taken regarding the information gathered by Warden. Most notably, that it appears that many players are reported as violating the EULA/TOS by the program, and subsequently banned, when in fact they are not cheating. A large scale incident happened when many Linux users were banned after an update to Warden caused it to incorrectly detect Cedega as a cheat program. [30] Blizzard issued a statement claiming they had correctly identified and restored all accounts and credited them with 20 days play. [31] Blizzard has regularly stated that the Warden sends no information, only a violation flag, to the home server. However, without specific information, having been sent by the Warden software initially, it would have been impossible for Blizzard to discern Cedega users from actual violators. [32] Cedega (formerly known as WineX) is TransGaming Technologies proprietary fork of Wine (from when the license of Wine wasnt the LGPL but the X11 license), which is designed specifically for running games written for Microsoft Windows under Linux. ...


The Warden is not the first time Blizzard Entertainment has attempted to look at their customer's computers. In 1998 Blizzard Entertainment had a class action lawsuit filed against them for "unlawful business practices" for the action of collecting data from a user's computer without their permission. [33]


FreeCraft

Main article: Stratagus

On June 20, 2003, Blizzard issued a cease and desist letter to the developers of an open source clone of the Warcraft engine called FreeCraft, claiming trademark infringement. This hobby project had the same gameplay and characters as Warcraft II, but came with different graphics and music. Stratagus is a free cross-platform real time strategy game engine used to build other games that is written in C. Lua is used as the configuration language. ... is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cease-and-desist is a legal term meaning essentially stop: It is used in demands for a person or organization to stop doing something (to cease and desist from doing it). ... Open source refers to projects that are open to the public and which draw on other projects that are freely available to the general public. ... Trademark infringement is a violation of the exclusive rights attaching to a registered trademark without the authorisation of the trademark owner or any licensees (provided that such authorization was within the scope of the license). ...


As well as a similar name, FreeCraft enabled gamers to use Warcraft II graphics, provided they had the Warcraft II CD. The programmers of the clone shut down their site without challenge. Soon after that the developers regrouped to continue the work by the name of Stratagus.[34][35] Stratagus is a free cross-platform real time strategy game engine used to build other games that is written in C. Lua is used as the configuration language. ...


See also

BlizzCon is a semi-regular convention held by Blizzard Entertainment to celebrate their major franchises Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo. ... Blizzard North was the Northern-California division of Blizzard Entertainment, known for the Diablo series. ...

References

  1. ^ Company Profile. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2007-08-21.
  2. ^ Brandon Sheffield. "E3 Exclusive: Blizzard Establishes Third Team, New Game Expected", Gamasutra, 2007-07-13. Retrieved on 2007-07-14. 
  3. ^ Company Profile
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Blizzard Entertainment and its affiliate companies (collectively "Blizzard") respect the privacy of its on-line visitors and recognize the importance of providing a secure environment for them.
Blizzard Entertainment adheres to the Safe Harbor Principles that were established by the U.S. Department of Commerce in consultation with the European Commission to comply with the European Commission's Directive on Data Protection that went into effect in October 1998.
Blizzard may also provide your personal information to other companies or organizations that offer products or services that may be of interest to you.
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Blizzard Entertainment was founded in February, 1991 as Silicon and Synapse by Michael Morhaime, Allen Adham and Frank Pearce.
Blizzard has changed hands several times since then: Davidson was acquired by a timeshare company called CUC International in 1996; CUC then merged with a hotel, real-estate, and car-rental franchiser called HFS Corporation to form Cendant Software, in 1997.
Blizzard has made use of a special form of software known as the 'Warden Client' in order to detect the use of third-party programs used for the purpose of cheating.
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