Blizzard Entertainment is celebrating 20 years since the humble beginnings of three UCLA engineering graduates: Mike Morhaime (CEO), Frank Pearce (Senior Vice-President, Executive Producer) and Allen Adham (Co-founder, Lead Designer). Together they formed Silicon & Synapses in February 8, 1991.
At first, they created game ports for other studios, and in 1993 developed their first two games: Rock N’ Roll Racing, and The Lost Vikings.
In 1994, the company changed its name to Chaos Studios and was acquired by Davidson & Associates. Shortly, the studios name was changed finally to Blizzard Entertainment and launched Warcraft: Orcs and Humans. Their long history has been marked by growth, success and excellence. From only three employees, the studios has grown to more than a thousand employees.
Mike Morhaime and Frank Pearce took a moment of their time to thank all their loyal fans for their continuous support and dedication. Watch the 1:48 video here, and/or read the transcript.
“Hello, everyone. Frank and I wanted to send a message out to all of our players around the world because today is a very special day for Blizzard Entertainment. The company turns twenty years old, which is absolutely incredible. When we first started the company, back in 1991, there were just three of us. We really just wanted to use this opportunity to thank you for all these years of support because without you, we wouldn’t be able to continue doing what we do.
The community that has built up around Blizzard and our games… it’s really exciting for us. We’re very appreciative, and humbled by the support we get from around the globe. Our games wouldn’t be possible without you guys. So, it’s really awesome that we have a community that shares our intense passion for gaming and holds us to an even higher standard of quality than we hold ourselves.
The passion that you guys have for gaming is evident. We absolutely love the feedback, so keep it coming. It really helps us push ourselves to be even better, and we really do want to continue meeting and exceeding your expectations with even more cool stuff in the future.”