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Blizzard Honors Robin Williams By Adding Him To World Of Warcraft

by Wayne Stainrook on Aug 12, 2014 at 06:05 PM

When reports of comedian and actor Robin Williams's death began circulating on the web yesterday, fans and fellow film stars alike took to social media to pay tribute to his life and legacy. Now, thanks to a successful petition on, the self-professed video game enthusiast will appear in Blizzard's popular MMO World of Warcraft.

Petition organizer Jacob Holgate wrote on the petition page that Blizzard employees have resolved to handle the petition's request to add Williams into the game as a non-playable character tastefully. When questioned about the petition on Twitter (before the goal of 10,000 signatures had been met), World of Warcraft technical game designer Chadd Nervig wrote, "Yes. We're taking care of it."

Blizzard later confirmed that it would be adding Williams to the game via Twitter.

Williams was best known for his comedy performances and for his roles in Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting, winning an Academy Award for the latter. He was also very open about his passion for gaming, appearing in promotional videos for The Legend of Zelda and discussing his Call of Duty online matches with Jimmy Fallon.

Williams was pronounced dead yesterday, and today USA Today reports investigators have declared his death a suicide. He was 63.