Bill Roper (video game producer)
Bill Roper (born 27 March 1965 in Concord, California) is Vice President/GM at Disney Interactive Studios since June 2011. Roper has headed video game studios and creative and development departments for two decades, including divisions at Blizzard Entertainment, Flagship Studios, and Cryptic Studios. He is also an accomplished musician, and a founding member of the Irish-folk band The Poxy Boggards.
Roper worked at Blizzard North and Blizzard Entertainment from 1994 - 2003 and was Vice President at Blizzard North at the time of his departure. He served in senior production and design capacities on the Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo series. He also provided voice-over talent for numerous games.
After his departure from Blizzard, Roper co-founded and held the position of CEO for Flagship Studios, the developer of Hellgate: London and Mythos (which was later released by HanbitSoft). In early 2008, amidst rumors of layoffs within the company, the company dissolved and lost the rights to both Mythos and Hellgate: London to Hanbitsoft and Comerica respectively, after it secured financing with Texas-based Comerica Bank to support the continuing development of its franchises. HanbitSoft currently owns the intellectual property rights to Mythos and Hellgate: London.
In November 2008 Roper joined Cryptic Studios as Design Director and Executive Producer of their newest project, Champions Online. In March 2010, Roper was promoted to Chief Creative Officer of Cryptic, replacing Jack Emmert after the latter transitioned to the role of Chief Operations Officer. On August 16, 2010, Roper announced his departure from Cryptic Studios to join Disney.
Roper was brought on to head  the Marvel Franchise games created by Disney Interactive. He was then promoted to VP/GM, Core Games when Alex Seropian left Disney. While in this role, his Core Games group released Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two and Disney Infinity, the latter quickly rising to high levels of critical and commercial success.
Roper is currently VP/GM, Head of Creative Content for Disney Interactive Studios.
Roper was named #41 in IGN's Top 100 Game Creators of All Time.
Roper has worked on the following titles:
- Blackthorne (1994) - Music
- Warcraft: Orcs & Humans (1994) - Producer, Voiceover, Documentation
- Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness (1995) - Design, Narration, Voiceover, Documentation
- Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal (1996) - Executive Producer, Story Consultant, Narration, Voiceover
- Diablo (1996) - Producer, Voice Production, Casting & Directing, Story, Voiceover, Documentation, Strike Team
- StarCraft (1998) - Producer, Voiceover, Documentation, Strike Team
- StarCraft: Brood War (1998) - Executive Producer, Voiceover, Caterer, Documentation
- Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition (1999) - Producer
- Diablo II (2000) - Senior Producer, Voice Casting, Voiceover, Strike Team
- Diablo II: Lord of Destruction (2001) - Global Launch Team, Strike Team
- Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (2002) - Voiceover, Strike Team
- Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne (2003) - Voiceover
- Hellgate: London (2007) - CEO
- Champions Online (2009) - Design Director, Executive Producer
- Star Trek Online (2010) - Design Director
- Avengers Initiative (2012) - VP/GM, Product Development
- Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (2012) - VP/GM, Product Development
- Disney Infinity (2013) - VP/GM, Product Development
- Roper at MySpace.
- Roper's Facebook page.
- Roper biography
- "FSS Senior Developer speaks out at You Got Flagshipped". Flagshipped.com. Retrieved 2009-03-09.[dead link]
- "Flagship Founder Bill Roper Interview". 1up.com. Retrieved 2009-03-09.
- Linde, Aaron (2008-03-26). "Comments - Hellgate: London Receives Additional Financing; Failship Uses Sales Rights As Loan Collatoral - Shacknews - PC Games, PlayStation, Xbox 360 and Wii video game news, previews and downloads". Shacknews. Retrieved 2009-03-09.
- "Cryptic Studios Hires Industry Veteran Bill Roper | Champions Online Official Site". Champions-online.com. 2008-11-03. Retrieved 2009-03-09.
- Kyle Horner. "Bill Roper made Cryptic's CCO, Jack Emmert switches to COO".
- "Bill Roper Departs Cryptic Studios | Champions Online Official Site". Champions-online.com. 2010-08-16. Retrieved 2009-08-16.
- Bill Roper: Top Game Creator
- "IMDB profile". Imdb.com. Archived from the original on 3 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-09.
- Bill Roper at the Internet Movie Database
- Interview with Bill Roper
- Bio at MobyGames
- Interview on the closing of Flagship Studios
- July '03 Interview with GameSpy.com