Blizzard Gifts Asian Gamers With A Giant Lich King
Blizzard Entertainment celebrates it’s 25th Anniversary by unveiling a fitting tribute to the Asian gaming community. The gift, in the form of a giant 2,000kg Lich King Arthas Menethil statue, was unveiled in Taichung, Taiwan. Our legendary anti-hero Arthas is an iconic symbol of the Warcraft lore having been featured prominently in Blizzard’s Warcraft III, World of Warcraft and Heroes of the Storm.
The Lich King statue was unveiled by Michael Fong, Regional Managing Director & Vice President of Publishing for Asia, Phillip Hillenbrand, Jr., Director of Production, Animation & Development at Blizzard Entertainment, and Lin Chia-Lung, the Mayor of Taichung City. The statue was designed by Taiwanese artist Steven Wang. To represent how important the gaming community in Taiwan and Asia are to Blizzard Entertainment.
“We are thrilled to see the unveiling of the Arthas statue, and we appreciate this unique opportunity to bring an element of fantasy to the city of Taichung,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “The Arthas statue doesn’t just celebrate Blizzard’s 25th Birthday—it also shows our appreciation to the community of gamers in Taiwan and across Asia.”
The bronze statue stands 3.2 meters tall, with a length of 4.6 meters, a width of 2.1 meters, and weighs in at 1,814 kilograms. It took designer Steve Wang and a crew of 30 people over 1,000 hours (nine months) to complete. Check out some of the behind the scenes below.
The Lich King statue is located on the Calligraphy Greenway, in the cultural and artistic hub of Taiwan. Road trip anyone?