Blizzard North

Moby ID: 4648

  • Condor, Inc. (from 1993-09 to 1996-06)

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Blizzard North was a North American developer based in San Mateo, California. It was founded in 1993 as Condor by Max Schaefer, Erich Schaefer, and David Brevik. In 1996 the company was purchased by Blizzard Entertainment and renamed. They went on to develop Diablo (1996) and its sequel Diablo II (2000).

On 20 June 2003, eight key employees (including the founders) left the company to found Flagship Studios (later re-formed as Runic Games in 2008). Nine more left to form Castaway Entertainment. On 1 August 2005, Blizzard closed down the development team.

Credited on 6 Games from 1995 to 2021

Diablo II: Resurrected (2021 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)
Diablo II (2000 on Windows, Macintosh)
Diablo (1996 on Windows, PlayStation, Macintosh)
NFL Quarterback Club 96 (1995 on Game Boy, Game Gear)
Justice League: Task Force (1995 on SNES, Genesis)
NFL Quarterback Club (1995 on Game Boy, Game Gear)

History +

August 1, 2005

Blizzard Entertainment shuts down the company and moves the remaining employees to its head offices.

June 30, 2003

Several key employees leave Blizzard North to form the new companies Flagship Studios (8 developers) and Castaway Entertainment (9 developers).

June 1996

Acquired by the owners of Blizzard Entertainment and renamed to Blizzard North.

September 1993

Company founded as Condor, Inc. by David Brevik and his friends Erich Schaefer and Max Schaefer in the US.


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