Blizzard North sin estrellas

Los muchachos de Blizzard North no van a seguir laburando con Blizzard. Las razones parecen obvias… De acuerdo con la agencia de noticias Reuters, unos cuantos micos mega poderosos de la rama Blizzard North abandonaron sus puestos en la compañía para embarcarse en sus propios proyectos. Aquí el boletín de prensa, para los que saben inglés.

LOS ANGELES, June 30 (Reuters) – The founders of the company that created popular computer game series “Diablo” have left their positions at a unit of game publisher Vivendi Universal Games, the company said in a statement o­n Monday.

The high-profile departures come at a crucial time for Vivendi Universal Games, which is the object of a possible sale by French media conglomerate Vivendi Universal (NYSE:V – News; Paris:EAUG.PA – News).

In a statement, Blizzard Entertainment said Blizzard North co-founders Erich Schaefer, Max Schaefer and David Brevik, along with a fourth employee, Bill Roper, “resigned from the company to pursue other opportunities.”

Blizzard Entertainment, publisher of “Diablo” and “Warcraft,” is widely seen in the games industry as o­ne of the most attractive assets of VU Games, which has been languishing o­n the auction block for months.

While a number of other game companies are known to have an interest in Blizzard as a stand-alone asset, Vivendi Universal has been trying to sell its games business as a complete entity as it looks to shed entertainment-related assets to pay down debt.

Blizzard said it did not expect the group's departures to have any effect o­n properties in development. The team that had been known as Condor joined Blizzard and became Blizzard North in February 1996.

Since then, the team has turned out two Diablo games, plus an expansion pack for the second title.

A spokeswoman for Blizzard was not immediately available to comment.

As the potential sale of VU Games has dragged o­n, top executives of the unit have acknowledged that shielding employees from the stress of uncertainty over the business's future has been difficult.

“It would not be true to deny it's affecting the staff,” Luc Vanhal, the president of VU Games' North American operations, told Reuters last month.

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