Blizzard Cofounder Departs

The Unofficial World of Warcraft Site is reporting that Allen Adham has departed Blizzard Entertainment, the publisher/developer he helped form under its original name Silicon & Synapse ("Nobody knew what a Synapse was anyway"). According to the story, Adham, who at one point served as Blizzard's president, is forming an investment company.
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Jan 17, 2004, 15:59
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Re: No subject Jan 17, 2004, 15:59
Jan 17, 2004, 15:59
 
Hilariously enough, by the logic YOU are using, Iraq MUST have WMD's and ALL Muslims have to be terrorists. (Because, apparently, someone leaving a corporation ALWAYS hails bad news coming down the pipe; dispite what evidence there is, or isn't, and "All corporate scum are alike. They take care of themselves and leave everyone else behind to get screwed.")

When you've sorted out which train of thought you really want to go with, you'll let me know, won't you?

Sincerely,
Jeremy Dunn

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Jan 17, 2004, 10:27
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Re: No subject Jan 17, 2004, 10:27
Jan 17, 2004, 10:27
 
Doesn't sound like there's any evidence he's leaving Blizzard for anything more than wanting a different job, let alone is there anything that would state he's abandoning Blizzard completely.

So, uhh, what was you're point, exactly?"

I bet you believe that there are WMD in Iraq? Or that all muslims are terrorists? Gullible people will believe anything.

Do you really expect blizzard to say that one of the head guys left because the company is descending into mediocrity?

I believe you are young and inexperienced. The piece you are quoting is PR. The same thing is said by every company in the world when a high executive leaves.

Let me provide an example of how this works in the real world. A real example I have personal knowledge of.

The treasurer of a company quits. He comes down to the leaving party and tells everyone, "The company is fine, I had a better offer is all".

6 months later, there are massive layoffs at the company. Like 40% of the workforce. The entire company contracts financially.

The treasurer knew it was coming. He was treasurer, he saw the books. So he bailed out early. But first, he went to the regular people and lied to them so they would continue working for the company until it was time to fire them.

The guy at blizzard is a high up who knows all the facts. He sees what is coming and is getting out early. All corporate scum are alike. They take care of themselves and leave everyone else behind to get screwed.

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Jan 17, 2004, 07:19
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Re: No subject Jan 17, 2004, 07:19
Jan 17, 2004, 07:19
 
'I predicted this awhile back (where are you now, Jeremy Dunn??), guess I was right.'

Read the article. Or better yet, I'll quote it for you.

"According to our source Allen has now left to form an investment company, but it's worth pointing out the resignation was his own decision. The good news is he will stay on in a consulting role at Blizzard so he's still in the picture."

And here's a quote from the new post right above it.

"Allan leaving is completely on his own decision, it is just something new he wanted to try. He's actually staying on as a consultant to Blizzard, so his office was still stocked with enough Blizzard stuff to fill a small retail outlet."

"In our experience at Blizzard we saw absolutely *no* signs that the troubles that Vivendi is having is affecting the Blizzard employees. To be honest, we expected to. But it just wasn't there. The place is abuzz of activity with people playing Warcraft III and World of Warcraft with the odd game of Diablo II sprinkled in. Everybody hard at work, not a sour looking face to be seen."

"We'll talk some more about this in our upcoming features on our visit today, but long story short? There don't appear to be *any* morale or worker issues over here in Irvine, CA."

Doesn't sound like there's any evidence he's leaving Blizzard for anything more than wanting a different job, let alone is there anything that would state he's abandoning Blizzard completely.

So, uhh, what was you're point, exactly?

Sincerely,
Jeremy Dunn
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Jan 16, 2004, 22:26
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Jan 16, 2004, 22:26
 
Diablo? Diablo 2?

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Jan 16, 2004, 22:17
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Jan 16, 2004, 22:17
 
Money changes many things. While I enjoyed Diablo 2 quite a bit, I wasn't really impressed with WC3 (although it's not bad). It already feels like the suits are taking over... forcing Blizzard to retread the same ideas over and over again rather than innovating.

I imagine we'll see StarCraft 2, it's just too lucrative a title to not do it. But, I doubt we'll see a StarCraft 2 that knocks our socks off like SC 1 did.

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Jan 16, 2004, 21:27
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Re: No subject Jan 16, 2004, 21:27
Jan 16, 2004, 21:27
 
U guys are clueless.

Look for an announcement of a console port of Diablo and Warcraft next.

Speaking of clueless...There have already been PSOne ports of Diablo and Warcraft. Electronic Arts did the ports.

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Re: Blizzard Breakup
Jan 16, 2004, 21:18
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Re: Blizzard Breakup Jan 16, 2004, 21:18
Jan 16, 2004, 21:18
 
So if we look back 10 years or so to the developers that originally created PC games, who's still here *and* still true to the vision? Blizzard would have been one of the few I could name. I don't see anything to change that opinion yet. World of Warcraft just reinforces what they've been doing for years. (Internet-centric PC gaming).
But I agree that non-western developers are going to dominate the PC games scene. How you gonna feel when you're bitching about having to wait for a game to be translated from Indonesian?

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Jan 16, 2004, 21:12
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Jan 16, 2004, 21:12
 
If he's forming an investment company then he was probably just a suit. Wake me up if they start losing their creative talent.

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Blizzard Breakup
Jan 16, 2004, 20:01
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Blizzard Breakup Jan 16, 2004, 20:01
Jan 16, 2004, 20:01
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Blizzard basically consisted of two companies- Blizzard (Warcraft, Starcraft), the original company, and Blizzard North (Diablo), which Blizzard bought later. It looked like most of the people leaving were from Blizzard North, though it looks like this guy was one of the originals from Blizzard (Vice President of Game Design... doesn't sound like a good thing to lose).

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Jan 16, 2004, 19:52
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Jan 16, 2004, 19:52
 
I have certain information that says blizzard (at least south) is projected to increase by 150 employees this year.

Sure, because they will need a lot of folks to keep World of Warcraft running. Those 150 peeps will be game masters, accountants, server techs, support guys etc.

I predicted this awhile back (where are you now, Jeremy Dunn??), guess I was right.

*shrug* I stopped buying Blizzard's games a couple of years ago, so it's no real shirt off my back.

Creston


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Jan 16, 2004, 19:46
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Jan 16, 2004, 19:46
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They haven't lost anyone important from the *Craft or WoW team, only the Diablo team and a couple executives. Though I guess the executives leaving could mean VU is overstepping their bounds into the business end of things. That doesn't automatically mean the games will start to suck.

No, but if they're working on anything besides Ghost and Wow, now would be the time to announce it...things are looking a bit grim there...

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Jan 16, 2004, 19:36
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Jan 16, 2004, 19:36
 
They did Blackthorne, Lost Vikings, Rock 'n' Roll Racing, and Justice League Task Force for SNES. Blackthorne, Rock 'n' Roll Racing, and Lost Vikings were just recently rereleased for GBA.

I don't know that Blizzard is done. They haven't lost anyone important from the *Craft or WoW team, only the Diablo team and a couple executives. Though I guess the executives leaving could mean VU is overstepping their bounds into the business end of things. That doesn't automatically mean the games will start to suck.

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Jan 16, 2004, 19:35
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No subject Jan 16, 2004, 19:35
Jan 16, 2004, 19:35
 
And we didn't even get a sequel to Starcraft The thought that this could happen didn't strike me back in 1998...
"The future's so bright I gotta wear shades!"
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Jan 16, 2004, 19:33
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Re: No subject Jan 16, 2004, 19:33
Jan 16, 2004, 19:33
 
Joseph, do you have any credibility to back that up? I have certain information that says blizzard (at least south) is projected to increase by 150 employees this year.

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Jan 16, 2004, 19:33
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Jan 16, 2004, 19:33
 
OMG nooooooo...... WC3(+FT) is the only 'recet' game I dont regret buying

I guess soon only good PC games will from European-Russian devs, americans will churn all the brain cell killing crap fro themselfs and choke on it.

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Jan 16, 2004, 19:21
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Re: No subject Jan 16, 2004, 19:21
Jan 16, 2004, 19:21
 
Yep, I get a felling it's all over but the crying for Blizzard. Oh well, all good things must end.


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Jan 16, 2004, 19:18
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Jan 16, 2004, 19:18
 
U guys are clueless. Blizzard was taken over by corporate droids.

About 6 months ago, most of the original Blizzard North Team left. The corporate owners salary was maybe 25 million from the company. Blizzard asked for maybe 1 million extra for their good work and the company told them no. So the guys left.

After that, some of the corporate owner droids moved in at blizzard. A few months later, the employees were called in. All brown nosers and prostitutes stayed employed, most of the original, older, and better paid employees were all laid off. Some of them with 8 years at blizzard.

This man leaving is the death knell for blizzard. The company is a corporate droid developer now. He probably thought if he stayed it would be OK. Now that time has passed, there must be no doubt that blizzard is going corporate.

Wonder how long it will take them to destroy the blizzard name like they destroyed Deus Ex? Look for an announcement of a console port of Diablo and Warcraft next.

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Jan 16, 2004, 19:05
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Jan 16, 2004, 19:05
 
If I'm not mistaken, they did a great Justice League game for the Super Nintendo: Justice League Task Force. Good fun.

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Jan 16, 2004, 19:02
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Jan 16, 2004, 19:02
 
If I ever decide to quit a job with a game development company to form an investment company, shoot me. Please.


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Jan 16, 2004, 18:59
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Jan 16, 2004, 18:59
 
Didn't they make a bunch of games for the Nintendo at one time? I don't remember what they were, I can just think of that Blizzard North Logo in maybe 16-bit colour?

Maybe Ghost will have savepoints. It probably will.

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