Escapist Magazine Online wrote a 13-pages article explaining the long career and journey of Blizzard Entertainment since its foundation, the story of the internet in 1991, Sierra Network closure and acquisition by AOL, the Dune II RTS game which inspired Warcraft: Orcs and Humans, and the evolution of Blizzard through Starcraft, Diablo and World of Warcraft games. It is a nice article to read.
“How the West Was Won Officially founded in 1991 as Silicon & Synapse, Blizzard Entertainment had been making their bones producing console titles and second-rate DOS games like Battle Chess II (1990) and The Death and Return of Superman (1994). As with any business, their goal in the first few years was to simply survive. Condor Software co-founder Dave Brevik explains early corporate life by saying “console games were paying the bills.”
He would know – Condor was doing the same. Founded by Brevik in 1993 with Max and Erich Schaefer, Condor had been making ends meet by developing low-budget console titles. Then, they got a call from publisher Sunsoft to develop a comic book franchise title for the Sega Genesis.”