I tried all approaches I could figure out. I'm so grateful to two friends who helped me make contact with Blizzard (Shanghai) and sent over my resume. However, it didn't work out. I know I'm too young to qualify. Blizzard expands faster than ever before in China this year due to the upcoming SC2. They are mainly looking for marketing people as well as geniuses with at least 8 years industry experiences. Geeez, I've only worked 20 months since graduated from college.
Blizzard has been a dream since I bought my Broodwar CDs eight years ago. I was in high school, skipping classes to play the game with classmates in PC bangs and logging-on B.net after my parents sleeping late at night. Time flees, and I happened to work close to the gaming industry. I felt like I could do something when this game is approaching its 10th anniversary. I wanted to join Blizzard. I might be not a huge Blizzard fan since I don't play Warcraft or WoW, but SC and Diablo 2 are two games I played most during high school and college.
Almost every big Chinese online game company is fighting for SC2. Blizzard has to find a local partner since it is unable to run a B.net in China as a foreign company [governmental policy to control any publication including PC games/online games]. Further more, Chinese online game operators are expecting to license Wrath of the Lich King, the second expansion pack of WoW, if they can build up a good relationship with Blizzard on SC2.
Blizzard might not extend the license contract with The9, the Chinese operator of WoW, after their current contract ends in June 2009. No one likes The9, a greedy and creepy company. Two questions I want the answers at most in 2008 is when Blizzard will release SC2 and which Chinese company will win SC2. And how will SC2 be operated in China, a subscription-based B.net? How will the online game industry be influenced by this game? This could be something huge, something that changes the industry just like WoW.
It's the chance, and I wanted to be involved in. But the moment I signed UbiSoft, I knew it's gone.
Now I'm leaving for Chengdu, a southwest city in China, in which UbiSoft opened its second studio of China last September. UbiSoft (Chengdu) is expected to have 1,000 staffs in five years. It's good but it's not Blizzard.
Some Blizzard (Shanghai) manager told me "Keep distance from your dream". He might be wrong, he might be right. Only time can tell.