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Ben Brode's Second Dinner Working on a Marvel Game

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It's been a while since we last heard of Ben Brode who left Blizzard in April 2018 to form the Second Dinner game development studio. In the latest update, we learn that Brode along with former Hearthstone developers are currently working on a Marvel game and the studio received $30 million in funding from Netease in China.

Netease is currently co-developing Diablo: Immortal with Activision Blizzard. Here's the latest press release posted on the Second Dinner website. The company now has enough funds to expand and grow beyond its five co-founders.

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Second Dinner (Co-Founded by former Blizzard Entertainment Leadership) announces new offices and job openings in Irvine, California, $30M in funding from NetEase, and a partnership with Marvel.

IRVINE, Calif. – January 3, 2019 – It’s been 8 months since former Hearthstone Game Director Ben Brode and former Hearthstone Executive Producer Hamilton Chu left Blizzard to form Second Dinner, a new game development studio, in Ben’s garage. Since then, the team has been busy prototyping an awesome new game and making deals with heavyweights Marvel and NetEase.

Second Dinner raised $30M from a minority investment by NetEase. “The Second Dinner team has a strong track record of delivering quality games. With the resources and creative freedom they now have, we look forward to what they will come up with next,” said Ethan Wang, VP of NetEase Inc.

“I’ve worked with Hamilton and Ben for years and they are exactly who we want making Marvel games," said Jay Ong, EVP and Head of Marvel Games at Marvel Entertainment. “They and the team they’ve assembled at Second Dinner have made some of the greatest games in history. And now, working with the Marvel Games team and playing in the Marvel Universe… It’s going to be Amazing! Or maybe Spectacular! Or Incredible! Or Mighty! Or quite possibly all of the above!”

Making something amazing and spectacular is exactly what the team has been hard at work on, and internal playtests have already begun. “In all likelihood, this will be the best game ever made,” said Hamilton Chu, CEO. “I made a spreadsheet so I’m pretty sure. It’s going to take us a while to make, but we’re already having a lot of fun with the prototype. We can’t wait to show it to the people who we interview as candidates. Coincidentally, people should check out the new jobs we just posted.”

Second Dinner is finally growing beyond its initial five cofounders and has posted new positions at www.seconddinner.com/jobs. The team has moved into their new office in Irvine, CA, and is ready to expand.

“The team is really excited to get some new perspectives on the game and some awesome folks to help design and build it,” said Ben Brode, Chief Creative Officer. “I really want to encourage people to drop us a line, even if they like their current job. Like, what could it hurt? We offer competitive salaries, insurance, 401k – all that real-company stuff. Hit me up for coffee or something, even if you’re just curious if you’d be a good fit for one of our openings.”

“I’m just excited they’re out of my house,” said Ben Brode’s wife.

They also released a video talking about exciting news in the new office.

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Shows how big of a reach Chinese companies like Netease are having now, if people who left Blizzard ended up co-operating with Netease anyway. Game will be on Unity and given their history, it seems certain to be a mobile game riddled with microtransactions, perhaps another card game.

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8 minutes ago, Arcling said:

Shows how big of a reach Chinese companies like Netease are having now, if people who left Blizzard ended up co-operating with Netease anyway. Game will be on Unity and given their history, it seems certain to be a mobile game riddled with microtransactions, perhaps another card game.

Sacrilege!

The game they will make will be THE GAME. The game to end all other games - because no one will EVER play anything else.

There are rumors that you will get healed of cancer and every other illness just playing this awesome game.

Maybe you even achieve immortality.

Prophecy tells us, that we may accend to a status like the Vorlons in Babylon 5 after we play this game.

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16 hours ago, WedgeAntilles said:

Sacrilege!

The game they will make will be THE GAME. The game to end all other games - because no one will EVER play anything else.

There are rumors that you will get healed of cancer and every other illness just playing this awesome game.

Maybe you even achieve immortality.

Prophecy tells us, that we may accend to a status like the Vorlons in Babylon 5 after we play this game.

I think you're on to something here 😉

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i've played blizzard games since i was a teenager in the 90's , sadly, the heart of blizzard is gone, and the closest thing ill find , is Ben Brode, so, he has my loyalty, and i will 90 % certain play anything he makes , if its my genre.

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