Blizzard uniting under one roof

For some time, Blizzard Entertainment, which publishes the massively popular massively multiplayer online game "World of Warcraft," has had its many people under two roofs.

It had a Blizzard North operation in San Mateo, California, where games such as "Diablo" and "Diablo II" were developed, and a Blizzard South location in Irvine, California, where WoW and "StarCraft" were done.

Now, Gamasutra reports, Blizzard is getting all touchy-feely and uniting its disparate PC development teams under a single Irvine roof.

"We're looking forward to having our PC development teams together in Irvine," Gamasutra quoted Blizzard president and co-founder Mike Morhaime as saying. "In addition to improving our efficiency as a company, the relocation also represents an opportunity for all of our teams to have a regular, direct input on each other's projects."

Of course, one might wonder why anyone outside Blizzard would care. But it looks like this move could mean that some of the Blizzard North people might not make the move, even though the company says "a majority" will be offered slots in Irvine.

This raises the question of why Blizzard, which has created one of the most successful online games of all time, would need to cut some staff, as Morhaime's statement not-so-subtly suggests might happen.

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