FLAGSHIP STUDIOS LAUNCHES WITH A SPLASH
SAN FRANCSICO, Calif. - SEPTEMBER 22, 2003 - The creators of the massively
popular computer game franchise "Diablo" announced today the formation
of their new entertainment software development company, Flagship Studios.
Flagship Studios has been founded by David Brevik, Max Schaefer, Erich
Schaefer, Bill Roper and Kenneth Williams, all former executives at Blizzard
North. David Brevik served as President while Max Schaefer, Erich Schaefer and
Bill Roper held Vice President positions within the company. Ken Williams was
Blizzard North's Director of Business and Operations. Together, the management
and executive team for Flagship Studios represents over 45 years of game
Joining them as additional co-founders are David Glenn, Peter Hu, Philip
Shenk, and Tyler Thompson. David Glenn and Philip Shenk served as art leads on
the games in the "Diablo" series, with David focusing on background
artwork and Philip leading the character artists. Peter Hu and Tyler Thompson
were senior programmers at Blizzard North and held lead positions on
"Diablo II" and the "Diablo II: Lord of Destruction"
"Success in our industry is really about the people who make the
games," said Bill Roper, CEO and co-founder. "And we are extremely
excited to be starting a new company. We have a unique and compelling game
concept, and have formed a team we feel is among the best in the business"
Known for their individual work on some of the best-selling computer games of
all time, including the "Warcraft(r)," "StarCraft(r)," and
"Diablo" series, this core team of experienced artists, programmers,
designers and producers have worked together for close to a decade. Notably,
they created and developed the wildly successful "Diablo" franchise
that has sold in excess of 13 million units worldwide.
"Our desire is to build a focused development house comprised of the
very best individuals in the industry," said David Brevik, Chief Visionary
Officer and co-founder. "Everyone here is intent on creating great games
and compelling worlds where players from all over the world can gather together
for endless hours of fun."
About Flagship Studios Founded in 2003, Flagship Studios is a creator of
innovative entertainment software. With developers that are renowned within the
gaming industry, the company is focused on creating games that set the standard
in interactive entertainment.