Warcraft Character to be Unveiled in Taichung

Warcraft Character to be Unveiled in Taichung
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A character from a popular video game will soon be a permanent fixture in Taichung.

Steve Wang, a Taiwan-born sculptor who works in Hollywood, will soon unveil a sculpture of a character from the popular video game series "Warcraft" at a public park in Taichung, Taiwan.

To celebrate Blizzard Entertainment's 25th anniversary, and as a tribute to Taiwanese and Asian gamers, the game developer cooperated with the Taichung City Government to commission Wang to build a sculpture of Arthas, one of the best-known characters from Blizzard’s "Warcraft Universe," in the Calligraphy Greenway, Taichung.

It is the company’s first public artwork in Asia.

Blizzard Entertainment is behind of the world’s most popular video games, including “Warcraft,” “Starcraft” and “Diablo.” A movie based on “Warcraft Universe” was released last month and is already the highest-grossing video game adaptation of all time.

The latest version of the Warcraft series, “World of Warcraft: Warlord of Draenor,” had 5.5 million subscriptions worldwide as of late 2015, and it is understood to have about 115,000 players in Taiwan.

Wang has sculpted several well-known works based on gaming characters, including Sarah Kerrigan (The Queen of Blades), a character from Blizzard’s “Starcraft Universe,” and characters from the game “League of Legend” for Riot Games in 2012. Wang, also an accomplished make-up artist and designer, worked on the movie “Predator,” and Abe Sapien from “Hellboy.”

The sculpture will be unveiled by Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) and Blizzard Executive Michael Fong on July 25.

First Editor: Edward White
Second Editor: Olivia Yang


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