Blizzard Entertainment is a pioneer in the field of online multiplayer, with the landmark gaming network Battle.net, the world’s most popular subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game in World of Warcraft (2004), and the eSports mainstay StarCraft (1998) series. With a track record that includes thirteen number one games and multiple Game of the Year awards, Blizzard Entertainment has gone on to establish one of the largest online followings of any game company worldwide.
The company was established in 1991 as Silicon & Synapse by three college friends, Michael Morhaime, Allen Adham, and Frank Pearce. The company began by porting existing games to new platforms, moved on to creating original titles, and then in 1994 changed its name to Blizzard Entertainment and released the first game in the Warcraft series, Warcraft: Orcs & Humans (1994). The game became one of the foundations of the burgeoning real-time strategy genre, introducing gameplay features that would become standards. Since that time, the company has grown dramatically, fostering three of the game world's most thriving and respected series: World of Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo, and establishing itself as a leading creator of online games.