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Headquartered in Irvine, California, Blizzard Entertainment is the company that produces the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo franchises as well as Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, and Hearthstone. It was founded in 1991 under the name Silicon & Synapse by Allen Adham, Michael Morhaime, and Frank Pearce.

Prior to the release of Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, Blizzard Entertainment served as a third-party developer, creating entertainment software for various platforms, including MS-DOS, Macintosh, Sega Genesis, and Super NES. The company’s best-known titles from this era include Rock ‘n Roll Racing, The Lost Vikings, and Blackthorne.

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