- A former BLIZZARD Entertainment employee shows off his 5 years service sword. Only employees would receive these commeorative swords. Read more about the sword below.
BLIZZARD Employee Sword 5 Years of Service
Working at a gaming company has it’s ups and downs. There are periods where games are released and everyone is celebrating their hardwork. Then, there are times when titles aren’t selling, or one of the games encounter many issues. Needless to say, there’s never going to be a place where you work at and don’t face challenges every day. For those who stick around through the thick and thin get awarded, and sometimes, they’ll receive really cool awards. Blizzard is one of those companies that issue out “Years of Service” awards, and they come in many different shapes and sizes.
One of those awards that employees receive for their years of service is the BLIZZARD Employee Sword. Since they’re given out to employees of Blizzard, the only way to get one is to buy the sword off an employee. Some of these swords make it online, specifically on auction sites. If you’re lucky you’ll find one of these swords. We’ve found three sellers who listed their swords from 2011, 2012 and 2013. All the swords are similar as they have a mount that can be placed on a wall to hang the sword up.
Each sword would come with the employee’s name engraved on a plaque, and all swords measured around the same; 44 inches from the tip to handle by 9 inches. BLIZZARD has also given large statues in the past to commemorate employees who stayed at the company for 5 years +. There have been commemorative items for employees of 10 years which come in the form of a medal. Companies do these things to show appreciation and recognition for their employees, and Blizzard takes it to the next level with their awesome World of Warcraft type swords.
Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. is an American video game developer and publisher based in Irvine, California, and is a subsidiary of the American company Activision Blizzard. The company was founded on February 8, 1991, under the name Silicon & Synapse, Inc. by three graduates of the University of California, Los Angeles: Michael Morhaime, Frank Pearce and Allen Adham.
Value of Swords?
Value of the BLIZZARD swords are all over the map, and since value is subjective employees sell them at whatever price they want. Typically, we’ve seen these swords go for around $1200 a piece. However, there have been times where we spotted them at half the price ($650).
To be completely transparent, it’s hard to gauge how much these swords are worth. It’s not like you can walk into a store and pick it off the shelf. Thus, the value is up to the seller. It really comes down what the market decides the value of these swords are (not necessarily supply and demand).