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Blizzard: Diablo IV and Overwatch 2 Delayed, Jen Oneal Steps Down From Leadership

It’s obviously not been a great year at Activision-Blizzard. Between the numerous state lawsuits about violations of labor law and just, well, general awfulness, there hasn’t been a lot for the company to hang their hat on in the games space to distract most people from all that either. That…

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Overwatch 2 Moves to 10-Player Matches

In the Overwatch 2 stream today, which promised to reveal the game’s PVP for the first time ever, game director Aaron Keller revealed fairly major changes with how the competitive multiplayer works in the sequel. In 2019, Overwatch introduced role queue into the game, requiring players in certain modes to only choose…

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Diablo II’s Single-Player Test Will Be This Weekend

It wasn’t particularly long ago that Blizzard announced Diablo II: Resurrected, a remake of the classic RPG looter for modern platforms. At the same time, Blizzard also intimated that there would be both single- and multiplayer online tests this year before the game’s release, so players should get on that if they want…

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This Week in News is Electronic and Acoustic

Welcome to This Week in News, where we summarize all the week’s biggest news with an option to dive deeper if you want to know more. Blizzard Entertainment Is Hiring for an Unannounced AAA Multiplayer Game – Blizzard is seemingly looking for talent to help build another multiplayer game which…

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Blizzard Entertainment Is Hiring for an Unannounced AAA Multiplayer Game

Blizzard Entertainment has begun the hiring process for a team that will be working on an unannounced AAA multiplayer game for PC and consoles. There are currently 16 roles with open applications, as posted on Twitter by Dan John Cox, a Senior Artist at Blizzard. The job announcement pages point…

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Everything You Missed From Blizzcon 2021

After last year’s COVID-related cancellation of Blizzcon, Blizzard is back with an online-only event of their yearly showcase. For most Blizzard fans, the true joy of the show is going to panels and meeting likeminded Blizzard fans cosplaying their favorite characters more than just the announcements. Still, Blizzard usually comes…

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Diablo II: Resurrected Is a New Remake of the Classic Title

When you’re a company with a lineage like Blizzard, it feels criminal to leave a lot of your rich history solely in the past. The virtues of preservation along with the horrors of capitalism find a middle ground in the realm of remakes, however, and Diablo II finds itself next…

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The Cost of Typing ‘Big Dick’ During an Overwatch League Match: $1,000

The administrators of Blizzard’s official in-house Overwatch League have taken their first disciplinary actions of the year, fining two players a total of $2,000 (one grand each) for “inappropriate chat during a league match.” The players in question, Jung-Won “Lastro” Mun of the Los Angeles Valiant and Dong-Jun “Rascal” Kim…

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South Korean Overwatch League Matches Cancelled Due to Coronavirus

Blizzard’s Overwatch League announced today that all planned matches taking place in South Korea are hereby cancelled (for the time being), over safety concerns stemming from the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic. This is the second time since the coronavirus emerged that Blizzard has had to cancel Overwatch League matches —…

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Imminent Overwatch Mardi Gras Event Appears to Have Leaked

Since Overwatch launched over four years ago, fans have consistently desired more events to keep the game fresh and exciting. It seems like Overwatch will finally be getting a new event, but it appears to have been leaked — and by Twitch, no less. It was first reported on Feb.…

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If You Hate Warcraft 3: Reforged So Much, Why Not Just Get a Refund?

There seems to be two camps of opinions about Warcraft  3: Reforged. One is that’s perfectly usable and is a decent way to revisit a classic game. The other is that it’s, unironically, literally unplayable, lacking not only the “Blizzard polish,” but also many of the major changes promised. If…

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Overwatch to Ban Heroes in Way That Totally Doesn’t Count as Hero Bans

Last week Overwatch lead designer Jeff Kaplan laid down the law on the game’s official forums, saying that a conventional “hero ban” system would not solve the problems that Overwatch players often complain of. Hero ban systems, for the uninitiated, allow the players on one team to prevent the players…

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Activision Blizzard Esports Are Moving to YouTube

Activizion Blizzard has moved all of its official esports properties, including Overwatch League and its various Hearthstone shenanigans, from Twitch to YouTube as part of a newly announced partnership with Google. This means that from now on, thousands of human trash compactors will have to do without their favorite symbols…

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Americans Paid $228 Million For Activision Blizzard’s Tax Credits In 2018

The end of the year is coming, and we Americans are all doing the math on how much we’ll dish out to the government come April. But it turns out that, if you’re a dedicated gamer, you’ve probably already paid your dues to one more entity you engage with regularly:…

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Overwatch 2’s Overhauled Graphics Are Coming to OG Overwatch

Overwatch series director Jeff Kaplan has confirmed that Overwatch 2‘s enhanced visuals will also come to the original game, as part of Blizzard’s effort to maintain competitive parity between the titles. The news comes from an interview published today on Kotaku, where Kaplan cites Overwatch 2‘s development as the primary…

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Diablo 4 Will Require an Online Connection on All Platforms

While the big announcements of this year’s BlizzCon 2019 came at the opening ceremony on Friday, important details on upcoming projects like Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 are still trickling out in panels and interviews that followed. At one of these panels, it was confirmed Diablo 4 will not function without an online connection,…

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Sylvanas Sends Everyone to Hell in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

Blizzard debuted its next major expansion of the unkillable World of Warcraft during today’s Blizzcon 2019 proceedings, and if you were hoping that Lady Sylvanas’ prolonged and inexplicable heel turn might head in another direction after the end of Battle for Azeroth, well, I’ve got bad news. Sylvanas done sent…

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Overwatch 2 Is Officially Official, Won’t Segment the PvP Player-Base

Overwatch 2, which still feels as strange to type as it does to say, officially exists as of today’s massive Blizzcon 2019 opening festivities. Most of the world had assumed the game was a foregone conclusion after all them leaks, but Blizzard did manage to keep some of the sequel’s…

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Diablo 4 Bursts from an Ancient Forbidden Temple at the Heart of Blizzcon

As part of today’s Blizzcon 2019 opening festivities, Blizzard made the following announcement to the general video game public: The devil’s daughter is here, and we’re all completely boned. Such is the tale of Diablo 4, newly announced after years of speculation and, more recently, leaks from a Germany. As…

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LeakCon 2019: Blizzard Store Leaks Overwatch Art, New WoW Expansion

Blizzard’s plans for this weekend’s BlizzCon 2019 festivities are taking on water at an alarming rate, as information about a sequel to Overwatch and the next World of Warcraft expansion continue to leak into the greater, uh, internet ocean? Or the ocean is leaking into the boat, and the leaked…

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