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Former ESPN, NFL Network head leads new Activision Blizzard eSports division

Submitted by: Got Haggis? @ 08:36 AM | Thursday, October 22, 2015 | (url: http://www.polygo...)

Steve Bornstein, former CEO of ESPN and the NFL Network, and former president of Major League Gaming are joining forces to help Activision Blizzard create a new division dedicated to eSports, the company announced today.

"I've been in the eSports space for a really long time," MLG co-founder and former president Mike Sepso told Polygon. "I've worked with Activision and Blizzard for many, many years and I've always been a big fan of the company. When a senior team presented this opportunity to me, it seemed like a chance to fulfill a lot of big goals."


Starcraft 2 in Stores July 27th, Diablo III Coming in 2011

Submitted by: Icey @ 09:48 AM | Tuesday, May 4, 2010 | (url: http://videogames...)

A dozen years after changing the face of strategy gaming, the much-anticipated sequel to StarCraft has finally been dated.

Blizzard announced Monday that StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty would be hitting stores worldwide on July 27 of this year.

"We've been looking forward to revisiting the StarCraft universe for many years, and we're excited that the time for that is almost here," said Mike Morhaime, Blizzard CEO and cofounder.

"Thanks to our beta testers, we're making great progress on the final stages of development, and we'll be ready to welcome players all over the world to StarCraft II and the new Battle.net in just a few months."

It's big news for gamers, who have made no secret of their desire to get their hands on it. Keys granting access to the sequel's beta-test phase were such a hot ticket, they eventually hit auction sites like eBay for a good $300 a pop.

But it's also big news for Activision-Blizzard. Most expected the game to ship closer to the lucrative holiday period rather than the typically slow summer months. By releasing the game at the end of July, the company has ensured very little competition from similar brands. And that could mean some seriously monster sales.

The game's standard edition will retail for $59.99, though die-hard fans can plunk down $99 for a Collector's Edition that includes an artbook, soundtrack, behind-the-scene DVD and a flash drive containing the entire original StarCraft along with its expansion, Brood War.

Big numbers are certainly nothing new to StarCraft: according to Blizzard, the original has sold over 11 million units worldwide. The game has become a national pastime in Korea, proving popular enough to have spawned two television stations dedicated to showing competitive play.

Blizzard is also working on Diablo III, the third game in their hit role-playing series. It's currently planned for release in 2011.


WoW, Blizzard helps bust drug dealer

Submitted by: FOURSTAR @ 09:54 PM | Friday, January 1, 2010 | (url: http://kokomopers...)

Man deals drugs in the USA and becomes part of an investigation. He skips town to Canada with local police and US Marshals looking for him. Tips from friends tell the detective, a World of Warcraft player himself, that he often played "witches and warlock" aka WoW. Detective sends information to Blizzard to see if they can help. Months later they send back information including his IP address, billing address and what server he frequents. The detective contacted the US Marshals, who contacted the Mounties who deported him to Minneapolis where the Marshals picked him up.

Morale of the story, don't play World of Warcraft.


Blizzard Wins Suit Againist MMOGlider

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 10:00 AM | Wednesday, October 1, 2008 | (url: http://news.bbc.c...)

World of Warcraft creator Blizzard has won $6m (3.36m) in damages from the makers of a software 'bot'.

The damages award comes after Blizzard won the first round of its legal battle against MDY Industries in July 2008.

Blizzard embarked on the case against MDY claiming that the World of Warcraft Glider software produced by the small company infringed its copyright.

The Glider software lets Warcraft players automate many of the repetitive steps the game involves.


Blizzard Entertainment Announces Diablo III

Submitted by: DudeofDeath @ 12:23 PM | Monday, June 30, 2008 | (url: http://www.dailyt...)

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. revealed Diablo III on June 28th, the newest entry in its critically acclaimed action role-playing-game franchise. The announcement was made during the 2008 Blizzard Entertainment Worldwide Invitational at the Porte de Versailles Convention Centre in Paris, France. A cinematic trailer and an extended gameplay demonstration with commentary from the development team introduced the game to the thousands of players in attendance.

Website: www.blizzard.com/

Media: www.blizzard.com/diablo3/media/index.xml#cinematictrailer


Blizzard Confirms 'Unannounced MMO' in Works

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 03:19 AM | Thursday, December 13, 2007 | (url: http://www.shackn...)

Once again, job listings looking for artists to work on a "Next-Gen MMO" at Blizzard caused speculation in the community forums to run rampant. But this time, a Blizzard staffer responded to the flurry of hypotheses from forum posters, confirming that the game is not a World of Warcraft expansion.

"No, it is an unannounced Next-Gen MMO," the Blizzard rep said in response to a post stating the additional employees could be used for the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. "And that doesn't mean an expansion for World of Warcraft either."


Activision and Vivendi merge in $18 billion deal

Submitted by: ZacH @ 02:29 PM | Sunday, December 2, 2007 | (url: http://www.joysti...)

File this under "straight out of left field" -- Activision, the publishing powerhouse behind the Call of Duty and Tony Hawk series; and Vivendi Games, owner of Blizzard Entertainment, which you probably don't need us to tell you is behind the Warcraft and Starcraft series, are coming together to form "the world's most profitable games business," cleverly named Activision Blizzard.


Cinematic Trailer from Wrath of the Lich King LEAKED!

Submitted by: hunterbuzz @ 08:39 AM | Thursday, August 9, 2007 | (url: http://wow80.blog...)

The cinematic of the upcoming expansion for the World of Warcraft universe is here!


Rumored WoW Expansion Title "Wrath of the Lich King" Filed As US Trademark

Submitted by: Uncle Slappy @ 07:25 AM | Friday, August 3, 2007 | (url: http://www.shackn...)

Blizzard Entertainment has filed a US trademark application for the title "Wrath of the Lich King," adding evidence that the rumored title will be the name of a World of Warcraft expansion.

The potential expansion would likely be announced at the company's BlizzCon 2007 convention, which begins tomorrow.

The "Lich King" title refers to a character from Blizzard's most recent RTS Wacraft III and its subsequent expansion, wherein the fallen prince Arthas is fused with the famous orc shaman Ner'zhul, creating a new Lich King to rule the Frozen Throne. In a previous interview, Blizzard creative VP Chris Metzen spoke to the possibility of World of Warcraft players taking down the famed entity...


World of Warcraft Hits 9 Million Subscribers

Submitted by: DudeofDeath @ 11:56 AM | Tuesday, July 24, 2007 | (url: http://www.gamasu...)

They don't call it WoW for nothing, talk about a goldmine. 9,000,000 X $14.99 a month = Roughly $135,000,000.00 per month in subscription fees alone, not counting monthly sales of the game. Mountains of cash!

Think they can reduce those fees a little...


Rumorcraft: Blizzard Announcement to be SC MMO

Submitted by: Evil Light Bulb @ 01:33 PM | Saturday, May 5, 2007 | (url: http://www.comput...)

Blizzard is set to announce a new product during a May 19th Fanfest in South Korea. Speculation has been rampant and while obvious to some and bewildering to others it may very well end up being a SC MMO. This is still wild speculation outside of CVG's 'well placed US sources' so just keep an eye out May 19th.

Personally, I'm one bewildered son of a bitch.


New StarCraft, but not in May?

Submitted by: Colosus @ 04:12 PM | Saturday, April 28, 2007 | (url: http://kotaku.com...)

We do intend to announce a new product at the Worldwide Invitational next month in Korea, and we appreciate the enthusiasm and interest in getting an advance look at what that will be, but players will have to wait until May 19th to find out more. Also, we have a very strong connection with the characters and settings of StarCraft, and we do plan to revisit that universe at some point in the future, but we don't have anything new to announce in that regard at present.


Claim: StarCraft 2 to be Announced May 19th

Submitted by: ZacH @ 03:46 AM | Thursday, April 26, 2007 | (url: http://sc.gosugam...)

A new South Korean source claims that, according to a leak, Blizzard will be announcing StarCraft 2 at the World Wide Invitational, on the 19th of May 2007.


Blizzard sues WoW bot creator

Submitted by: ZacH @ 07:56 AM | Thursday, February 22, 2007 | (url: http://www.gamasu...)

Answering a suit filed by the creator of World of Warcraft bot program WoWGlider, Blizzard and Vivendi have filed a countersuit asking for "injunctive relief and compensatory damages" against the program's creator.