Epic gallery of (almost) everyone who makes World of Warcraft

Posted by Humphrey Cheung

Anaheim (CA) – Making video games is serious business, but creating the world’s most popular MMO, World of Warcraft, is a monumental feat requiring hundreds of developers, programmers, artists and videographers.  It’s easy to forget these people because they usually aren’t publically recognized, but today you’re getting a special treat that we’re pretty sure has never been done before.  During last night’s launch of the World of Warcraft expansion: Wrath of the Lich King at the Electronic Fry’s store in Anaheim, we snapped photos of 140 WoW developers and you can see all of them in the three slideshows below.



Some were serious, others were goofy, but everyone was a sport about getting their pictures taken.  These guys and gals had already been through a veritable pressure cooker because of the launch and were devoting even more time talking to fans and signing autographs inside of the store.  Doors opened at 11PM and the devs didn’t get out until 5 AM.  Furthermore, I’m sure they are now soaking their hands in ice water because of the thousands of Collector’s Edition boxes, mousepads and books they signed.

Being an avid WoW player, I also purchased my collector’s edition box and jumped in line to have it signed.  I took a picture of the first developer and then got an idea … “let’s take a picture of every developer here and make a slideshow” I thought.  Andrew Beegle, Editor in Chief of Allakhazam.com, was standing next to me and initially thought I was nuts, but he then volunteered to help by writing the developers’ name so we could match up the faces with names.

Unfortunately, Blizzard PR called us today and initially told us to scuttle the article and gallery.  They were concerned about competing game companies and game recruiters using the information to “poach” Blizzard employees away.  What’s interesting here is that the competition already has a database of top Blizzard employees and that all the WoW developers are already listed in the back of the game manual.

It’s also a strange request because all the developers were sitting in a area designated for photos and videos.  Photographers from local and major newspapers like the Orange County Register and Los Angeles Times were busily snapping pictures of the devs.  Bloggers from several WoW fan sites were also taking video and pictures.

So in the end, we’re meeting Blizzard halfway and publishing the slideshow without any names in the captions.  However, we’re listing everyone we photographed below since several developers (along with their mothers) wanted to see the final pictures. Be advised that these aren't all the developers because Blizzard had to split them up amongst all the launch venues.

To the devs, feel free to use these pictures for anything (heck they make great eHarmony pics) and thanks for a great job on WoW and Wrath of the Lich King!

World of Warcraft developers photographed

(sp? Means the spelling is probably wrong, please email us or comment below for corrections)

Scott Abeyta
Steve Aguilar
Steve Allen
Rob Barris
Justin Bartlett
Cord Bartlett
Jay Baxter
Mike Beal
Barry Berman
Anwar Bey Taylor
Brian Birmingham     sp?
Thomas Blue
J. Allen Brack
Alexander Brazie
Alvaro Buendia
Larissa Bussell
John Butkus
Scott Campbell
Paul Cazarez
Jeff Chamberlain
Carman Cheung
Tom Chi Hon
Victor Chong
Cameron Chrisman
Joseph Cochran
Sean Copeland
Dennis Crabtree
Steve Crow
Dennis Crow
Graham Cunningham
Daniel Dageau
Pat Dawson
Jason DeArte
Drew Doberneaken     sp?
Jonathan Dumont
Alec Dun
Mike Elliott
Chi Fellin     sp?
Vincent Francoeur
Evelyn Fredericksen
Slim Ghariani
Mark Gibbors     sp?
Bryan Gibson-Winge
Geoff Goodman
Hunter Grant
Jon Graves     sp?
Jeff Gregory
Kevin Griffith
Rutherford Grug     sp?
Chris Ha
Mike Handison
Ed Hanes
Matthew Hawley
Mike Hershberg
Jason Hill
J. Mauricio Hoffman
Brian Huang
Tyler Hunter
Mai Igarashi
Phillip Itillenbrand     sp?
Jon Jelinek
Art Jeppe
Jeffrey Kaplan
David Keegan
Mike Kelheler     sp?
Kim Khorn
Eddie Kim
Rene Koiter
Monte Krol
Justin Kunz
Keith Landes
Owen Landgren
Scott Lange
Sam Lantinga
Peter Lee
Jeff Liu
Helen Liu
Jimmy Lo
Chris Luckenbach
David Luong
Chris MacDonald     sp?
Kevin Maginnis
Jay Maguire
Jeremy Masker
Andrew Matthews
Steve McCrarrity
Jesse McCree
Steve McIlwain
Jeff Meads     sp?
Chris Metzen
John Mikros
Julian Morris
Jason Morris
Chris Myles
Ron Nakada
Jeremy Nelligan
Mark Nelson
Tuan Ngo
David Nguyen
Nicolas Noble
Jennifer Owings
Justin Parker
Corey Pelton
Kim Phan
Thomas Pieracei     sp?
Gary Platner     sp?
John Polidgra
Tristan Pope
Wei Qiao
Eddie Rainwater
Glenn Rane
Bryan Rathman
Dan Reed
Jarret Riva
Chris Robinson
Dion Rogers
Danny Saint-Hilaire
John Scharmen
Erich Schmidt
Brianna Schneider
Michael Schweitzer
Jacob Segal
Tiffany Sirignan-Sleets     sp? On end
Taylor Smith
Andrew Spiering     sp?
Glenn Stafford
Cory Stockton
Seth Thompson
Tom Thompson
Rhett Torgoley
Alex Tsang
Andrew Vestal
Holly Wilson
Theresa Wolf
Noel Wolfman
Brian Wright
Taka Yasuda
Thomas Yip
Kenson Yu
Kris Zierhut