Located in Irvine, California, Blizzard Entertainment's headquarters is as impressive as the games the studio has developed. This is where the folks responsible for creating and running genre defining titles, like World of Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft get their work done – and we're very excited to offer you a look at where the magic happens.
The reason for our visit was to see the singleplayer campaign for StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. For more details on the follow up to Wings of Liberty, watch the first trailer, browse through 40 new screenshots, and read our hands-on preview. During our visit, nothing was discussed about Diablo III or anything related to World of Warcraft. But as you can see from the photographs, whoever was in charge of decorating Blizzard's campus clearly had WoW, Diablo, and StarCraft on their mind.
Above: The courtyard outside the lobby at Blizzard HQ is guarded by this mighty orc
Above: A closer look at the statue
Above: The plaque at the base of the Thrall statue
Above: Across from the Thrall statue, VIP parking right next to the main lobby is reserved for '/LOOT' winners
Above: The front lobby
Above: To the right of the reception desk stands a detailed statue of Nova. Behind her, you can see a monitor playing pro-level StarCraft II matches. If you follow the competitive scene, seeing that Fruit Dealer won should come as no surprise
Above: Look at her hair!
Above: This burly dwarf watches over the area to the left of the reception desk. If you think he looks detailed from this angle, look closer...
Above: Nose hairs. Now that's what we call attention to detail!
Above: The World of Warcraft Official Magazine enjoys prime placement in the lobby
Above: Throughout the main building, mounted monitors list the status of World of Warcraft realms around the world
Above: Even the phones are skinned with Blizzard’s greatest hits. Here, we see Cisco’s Hydralisk model. In other rooms, phone menus featuring Tyrael from Diablo and Arthas from Wrath of the Lich King were also sighted