The news was confirmed on WoW's official Twitter page and followed a Change.org petition that was launched after news broke of his shocking death on Monday. Fans had called on developer Activision Blizzard to create a non-player character (NPC) for the Oscar winner, who was an avid gamer. As of Friday, more than 10,900 people have signed it.
When asked by a fan if the company has seen the petition, Chadd Nervig, one of the multi-player online role-playing game's technical game designers, tweeted, "Yes. We're taking care of it."