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November 11, 2002
BlizzPlanet was launched 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, their loyalty to Blizzard and their fans is to maintain a clean community following and respecting the EULA and Terms of Service of Blizzard Games. Their support to Blizzard Entertainment spreads to advertising products like Warcraft RPG Books, Warcraft novel pocketbooks, Warcraft Board Game and World of Warcraft UpperDeck Trading Cards, among other products. Additionally, they often interview Warcraft novel writers, White Wolf and Upper Deck representatives, Blizzard Sound and Music Composers, Voice Actors, and others to keep the fans up to date with Blizzard Entertainment's whereabouts.
BlizzPlanet was formerly Star-craft-2.com, founded by Yitten and Stephen. On September 22, 2002, Blizzard announced Starcraft: Ghost at Tokyo Game Show. With no hope for a Starcraft 2 release, and scarce news, one of the members: Justice, proposed "BlizzPlanet" as the new domain name. Immediately, another of their former members LSDesign created the logo. BlizzPlanet launched as a All-Blizzard-Games News and Content fansite, rather than the Starcraft-only focused fansite. BlizzPlanet had at one time over 20 staff members, but most of them have moved on: college, jobs, other games, personal reasons, etc.
Currently, BlizzPlanet consists of the following Staff members:
- Medievaldragon (Owner, Newsposter).
- RedShirtGuy (lore article writer)
- DPerschonok (Blizzard events interviewer)
- HenshinM (Heroes of the Storm article writer)
- MarcusW (Overwatch article writer)
Exclusive News and Interviews are published by many Networks online like Bluesnews, Shacknews, RPGdot, GamingReport, ActionTrip, VoodooExtreme(IGN), JudgeHype, 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.