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Resignation of founding members

IRVINE, Calif–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 30, 2003–Blizzard Entertainment® confirmed today that four Blizzard North(TM) employees resigned from the company in order to pursue other opportunities. The group includes Erich Schaefer, Max Schaefer, Bill Roper, and David Brevik.

“I speak for everyone in our company when I say how grateful we are to have had the opportunity to work closely with this group of individuals. Each one of them has made valuable contributions to many of our games, and we would like to thank them for all of their hard work over the years. We wish them nothing but the best and are confident that they will be successful in their future endeavors,” stated Mike Morhaime, Blizzard Entertainment president and co-founder.

“At the same time, we want to convey that Blizzard’s success has never been attributable to any one person or small group of individuals, and I am confident that we have the teams in place to continue creating some of the best games in the world.”

Blizzard does not believe that these resignations will cause any significant delays or have long-term negative effects on the “Diablo®” series or other projects in development. The company has just launched “Warcraft® III: The Frozen Throne(TM)” and is also continuing development on “StarCraft: Ghost(TM)”, a tactical-action console game, and “World of Warcraft(TM),” a massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

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