Tonight at 7pm PDT will be your shot at purchasing tickets for Blizzard's annual BlizzCon fan gathering taking place later this year. Blizzard suggests that purchasers check out the ticket info section of the BlizzCon website or read its ticket-purchasing guide prior to trying to get those elusive tickets. Chances are many will not be lucky enough to secure tickets tonight because they will probably sell out minutes after they are available.
Russia's invasion and annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 was considered an illegal act by the international community, and was the beginning of an ongoing testy relationship with the United States and Europe. At the time the United States, NATO, and the United Nations called the annexation an illegal act. The United States took a hands-off approach, instead putting sanctions against Russia that forced American companies to halt doing business in the Crimea.
Blizzard is set to release a new update to its still-popular MMORPG World of Warcraft today that should lay the groundwork for a new way of in-game financing called WoW Tokens.
WoW Tokens allow players to "securely exchange" in-game gold and game time. The new system will be released a few weeks after this week's update, according to what Blizzard has said publicly. It will be deployed in Latin America, North America and Oceania first.
Blizzard announced that BlizzCon 2015 will take place Nov. 6 - 7 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. Tickets for the event, which sells out very quickly, will go on sale next month.
The first batch of tickets will go on sale at 7 pm PDT on April 15 and 10 am PDT on April 18, through Eventbrite.
In a new post on Battle.net, Blizzard reveals that it is bringing micro-transactions to Diablo III - though this feature won't be available in all regions.
Blizzard's experimentation with microtransactions for Diablo III aren't currently planned for the North American or European regions, Blizzard says, but are aimed at regions in Asia where free-to-play and in-game purchases are a very big deal.
Blizzard announced that sales of the World of Warcraft in-game pet Argi generated $1.9 million for charity. The digital sale of this cute little World of Warcraft pet ended on December 31. It let WoW players buy the pet for a $10 donation to the Red Cross. The money generated will be used to fight against Ebola on the African continent.
"The community embraced this cute little intergalactic nibbler, helping out a great cause in the process," Blizzard said in a Battle.net post announcing the news. "Thanks again to everyone who helped make a difference."
Organizers of the Game Developers Conference have announced a new eSports summit at GDC 2015, looking into the importance of the genre and how best to evolve it. One of the first talks about eSports will be "Starcraft II and GameHeart: Evolving eSports Interfaces with modders," a joint effort by MIT Game Lab research scientist Philip Tan and Blizzard Entertainment developer Ryan Schutter.
It looks like Blizzard might have a little bit of trouble with trademarking the name "Overwatch," the team-based multiplayer first-person shooter from the makers of World of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo. According to documents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) posted on (as reported on by Polygon), another company also filed for the "Overwatch" trademark - Innovis.
In the spirit of the holidays, Blizzard is giving back this weekend with more than the usual amount of experience points in its popular (but always online) game Diablo III. Launched on Christmas, and running until midnight on December 29, anyone who plays logs into and plays Diablo III will get two times the normal experience.
In a lengthy Battle.net post on some of its World of Warcraft plans for 2015, Blizzard Entertainment suggested that it might allow WOW subscribers to exchange in-game currency for real-world currency.
Activision Blizzard has settled its lawsuit filed by shareholders after the company bought back a controlling interest in the former majority stakeholder Vivendi in 2013.
In a press release announcing the settlement, which still requires the approval of the Delaware court where the class action lawsuit was filed, the board of directors said the following:
After announcing its new team-based first-person shooter Overwatch, Blizzard has opened up registration for the beta it announced at BlizzCon today. You can sign up for that here. The beta will take place sometime in 2015.
Overwatch is reportedly based on its cancelled game codenamed "Titan" and is being helmed by World of Warcraft game director Jeff Kaplan. It is the first original IP announced by Blizzard in 17 years.
Update #2: In the opening ceremony, Morhaime does not say "GamerGate." At around the 5:52 mark in the opening ceremony video he says "there's been a small group of people doing really awful things." The WOW Insider liveblog could be referring to something said in an interview with Morhaime after on the DirecTV stage, which we currently don't have access to.
BlizzCon 2014 officially opens on Saturday, November 7, but if you weren't lucky enough to get tickets or afford to pay for a virtual ticket, Blizzard has you covered. You can at least watch the opening ceremony - which kicks off today at 11 am PT, and the tournaments happening during both days of the show through the Blizzard BlizzCon Live Stream.
The BlizzCon live stream can be found at www.blizzcon.com/live-stream.
You can also check out our BlizzCon Tournaments pages to find Blizzard's partners covering the eSports action:
Blizzard Entertainment has launched a teaser trailer for the World of Warcraft, "World of Warcraft: Looking for Group." The movie celebrates the ten year anniversary of the popular MMO with interviews with key Blizzard designers and executives, and also commentary from some of the game's millions upon millions of fans.
Activision Blizzard reported record third-quarter earnings, with year-over-year increases in revenues and income based on sales of its hit franchise Destiny and continued growth with World of Warcraft and Hearthstone. On a GAAP basis, the company reported sales of $753 million, way up from the $691 million from the same periods a year ago. On a non-GAAP basis, the company reported net revenues of $1.17 billion, way up from $657 million in the same period a year ago.
Last week Blizzard announced its intention to start banning bot users in its popular collectible card battle game, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Thousands of account were banned for using bots, but it also had an effect on one bot maker - Crawlerbots. The company's Hearthstone and World of Warcraft programs are no longer available for purchase, and its website now consists of one simple and short statement.
Blizzard announced that it has banned "several thousand" Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft players who allegedly used bots to cheat in the popular collectible card game. Blizzard says that a number of players have been using illicit 'bot' software to play the game endlessly in the background, allowing them to hit the daily gold cap and in turn make it easier to level up with minimal effort. It took the company until this week to deal with the issue of cheating.
Multiplayer Network Innovations, LLC has added Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts, Tecmo Koei Games Co., Ltd., Iron Galaxy Studios, LLC, Tencent Holdings Limited, and Tencent America to its growing list of court room combatants in multiple lawsuits claiming that these companies violate an abstract patent for "Interactive Multiple Player Game System and Method of Playing a Game Between at Least Two Players," or "MNI."
After seven years of hush hush development, Blizzard has revealed that its super secret MMO project Titan is officially canceled.
"We didn't find the fun," Blizzard co-founder and CEO Mike Morhaime told Polygon in an interview. "We didn't find the passion. We talked about how we put it through a reevaluation period, and actually, what we reevaluated is whether that's the game we really wanted to be making. The answer is no."
Blizzard will do a major Heroes of the Storm account wipe prior to its multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game entering the final phase of "technical alpha," according to Eurogamer.
Professional eSports league ESL announced that it will host the BlizzCon 2014’s World Championship Opening Weekend at its studios in Burbank, California. ESL will be working with Blizzard Entertainment on BlizzCon 2014’s World Championship Opening Weekend (October 31st – November 2nd), which will be housed in the ESL TV Studios in Burbank, CA.
The event will be played out over two weekends for the first time in the its history and will feature qualification rounds for BlizzCon’s World of Warcraft, StarCraft II and Hearthstone World Championships.
While details on the exact nature of a new Diablo III exploit (thanks Blue's News) uncovered by players and already being investigated by the developer is unknown at this time, there are some concerns within the community that the problem will receive a hotfix without offering any kind of punitive action against players who are gleefully exploiting it.
Tabytha and David Armstrong, long-time World of Warcraft players (who play on the Eldre’Thalas server), recently found out just how wonderful Blizzard and the vast community that plays its long-running MMO truly is. Of course, the couple already knew that. Last week David Armstrong posted a heartfelt thank you in the World of Warcraft forums to the game’s developers for the game, which has impacted he and his wife's life so dramatically over the years.
WoWHead has located several NPCS in the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor beta that pay homage to the late Robin Williams. You may recall that Blizzard said last month that it would add the late comedian - who was a big fan of World of Warcraft - into the game to pay tribute to him.
Back in August, Elie Bursztein, the man in charge of Google's anti-abuse research team, detailed how he developed a tool to exploit Blizzard's popular collectible trading card game, Hearthstone. Bursztein gave a lengthy presentation on how he accomplished the hack during the Defcon 22 hacking conference in Las Vegas, but broke from convention by refusing to release his work online.