Blizzard Entertainment is an American company that designs and publishes video games. Initially named as Silicon and Synapse, the company was conceptualized by three graduate friends. It currently operates as a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard. Launched with an aim of developing game ports for other studios, the company soon ventured into developing its own software and games, a few of the popular ones being The Lost Vikings and Rock n’ Roll Racing.
Founded in February 1991, by three graduate students of UCLA - Michael Morhaime, Frank Pearce, Allen Adham, the company was initially called Silicon and Synapse. They launched the company with an idea of creating game ports for various established studios. Some of their noted works include J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Volume 1 and Battle Chess II: Chinese Chess. Later, the company ventured into developing games under its own banner in 1993 and went on to design and publish games like Rock n’ Roll Racing and The Lost Vikings. The company then changed its name to Chaos Studios in 1994, when it was acquired by Davidson and Associates. However they soon changed their name to Blizzard Entertainment. It was in the same year that they released their hit game, Warcraft: Orcs and Humans. Blizzard Entertainment went on to develop a number of games which got them a global acclaim. In 1997, they launched their online gaming service called Battle.net and initiated it with the game action-RPG Diablo. The company has been growing at a fast rate ever since its conceptualization.