Blizzplanet (the domain name) was registerd on November 11, 2002 and joined the Blizzard Fansites Program shortly after. They post news of all Blizzard Games: Starcraft, Warcraft III, Diablo II, World of Warcraft, and others. They are very focused on Warcraft lore content to appeal to fans of the Warcraft franchise. Often a conduit for official lore, look for the Blizzard logo on their pages for sanctioned lore.
As part of the Blizzard Fansites Program, the fansite complies with the EULA and Terms of Service of Blizzard Games. They support Blizzard Entertainment with previews and reviews of upcoming licensed products like the Warcraft RPG Books, Warcraft novels, WoW TCG and other products from SteelSeries, Razer, MEGA Bloks, Insight Editions, and Gallery Books.
Additionally, Blizzplanet often interviews novel writers, comic book writers, Blizzard Sound and Music Composers, Voice Actors, and other developers.
Blizzplanet was formerly Star-craft-2.com, founded by Yitten and Stephen. On September 22, 2002, Blizzard Entertainment announced Starcraft: Ghost at the Tokyo Game Show. With no hope in the immediate future of a Starcraft II announcement, and due to scarce news about StarCraft II, Medievaldragon suggested the team to launch a website focusing on news about all Blizzard games. One of the staff members: Justice, proposed "Blizzplanet" as the new domain name. Another staff member codenamed LSDesign created the original Blizzplanet logo.
Blizzplanet launched as an All-Blizzard-Games News and Content fansite on January 2003. Medievaldragon became owner of Blizzplanet shortly after launch when Yitten and Stephen were hired by a web design company.
The first public interview in 2003 was with Richard A. Knaak about Warcraft: Day of the Dragon. It was held in the WoWLands IRC channel.
Blizzplanet had at one time over 20 staff members, but most of them have moved on due to college, job, other games, or other personal reasons.
For several years, Blizzplanet consisted of two Staff members: DarkNemesis (Chief Programmer) and Medievaldragon (Admin, Newsposter).
DarkNemesis was pivotal with the programming and maintenance of his custom-made Content Management System (CMS) during the initial years. DarkNemesis departed around 2008.
The Forum Affiliates Firence and Meara owned and administrated the RP-PvP.com forums, once a home for Blizzplanet visitors. They assisted with Public IRC interviews -- moderating the IRC Channel and participating in the interview with questions for our guests, and managing the community up to around 2007.
In 2008, Blizzard Entertainment invited Medievaldragon to the Blizzard Worldwide Invitationals held in Paris, France.
Eldorian was formerly a staff member at Stratics, and approached Medievaldragon in Paris to join Blizzplanet as the Network manager.
Blizzard Entertainment invited Blizzplanet to BlizzCon 2008-2011, the StarCraft II single player press event, Diablo III press event, and World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria press event.
Through 2008-2012, Eldorian has covered Blizzard announcements at PAX East, and Medievaldragon has covered licensed product announcements and interviews at the New York Comic Con, Book Expo, and Toy Fair New York.
On April 12, 2012, Eldorian produced and launched the first episodes of the Diablo Dialogue, Week of Warcraft and StarCraft Summary web shows with awesome host Chris "The Bearded Gamer" Arnone.
A strong backbone for Blizzplanet, behind-the-scene, is Miaari -- who kindly supports the hosting of Blizzplanet and the shipping of some giveaways. She's also the forum community manager.
Over the first ten years, Blizzplanet news and interviews have been linked by many gaming networks like Bluesnews, Shacknews, RPGdot, GamingReport, ActionTrip, VoodooExtreme(IGN), JudgeHype, WoW Insider, MMO-Champion, Wow.Stratics, and many others.
Blizzplanet has been featured in the headlines of Blizzard.com, WorldofWarcraft.com, Wow-Europe.com and the Press Room of the Starcraft: Ghost Official Website.
- Medievaldragon (forums) - Founder and main website admin
- Eldorian (forums) - Website manager and video blogger
- Miaari (forums) - Community manager and forum admin
- The Bearded Gamer (Chris Arnone) (Channel) - Diablo Dialogue, Week of Warcraft and StarCraft Summary Web show host (seen at the BlizzplanetGaming YouTube Channel)
- Marva (forums) - Diablo forum moderator
- ^ As of 14-Mar-2013.
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