Mike O'Brien

Moby ID: 9166

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Mike O'Brien was a company director of Blizzard, where he worked for four and one-half years. He was most recently the team lead and lead programmer of Warcraft III, and personally developed the game's 3D rendering engine. Mike was the original creator and architect of Battle.net and was lead programmer on that project. He was also a senior programmer on StarCraft and Diablo, as well as the author of the network code for both games, and was a programmer on Warcraft II. Mike was featured as one of the 25 most influential people in the game industry in PC Gamer's September 1999 cover story, "Game Gods."

In March, 2000, he founded ArenaNet with Pat Wyatt and Jeff Strain.

Source: ArenaNet official company homepage.

In early October 2019 he left ArenaNet to found ManaWorks.

Credited on 25 games

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Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns (2015, Windows) President & Executive Producer
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2012, PlayStation 3) Radio Commercial Voices
Guild Wars 2 (2012, Windows) President
Diablo III (2012, Macintosh) Team special thanks
Guild Wars: Eye of the North (2007, Windows) Executive Producers
Guild Wars: Nightfall (2006, Windows) Executive Producers
Guild Wars: Factions (2006, Windows) ArenaNet Executive Producers
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Special Edition) (2005, PlayStation 2) Radio Commercial Voices
Guild Wars (2005, Windows) Executive Producers
Iron Phoenix (2005, Xbox) Product Analysts
Tony Hawk's Underground (2003, PlayStation 2) Test Team
Championship Manager 4 (2003, Windows) England (Non-League)
WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos (2002, Macintosh) Our thanks to
Disney's Stitch: Experiment 626 (2002, PlayStation 2) QA Project Lead
Disney's Pooh's Party Game: In Search of the Treasure (2001, PlayStation) QA Test Team
Diablo II (Collector's Edition) (2000, Windows) Battle.net & Realm Programming
Diablo II (2000, Windows) Battle.net & Realm Programming
StarCraft: Brood War (1999, Macintosh) Battle.net Programming
StarCraft (1999, Macintosh) Programming
StarCraft (Demo Version) (1998, Windows) Programming

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