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Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm thunders ahead of E3

Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm thunders ahead of E3

Ever wondered what would happen if Diablo and Tyrael ever clashed? Or if Illidan would be a match against Kerridan? These are the stuff that dreams and fanfiction are made of, but now you can actually make them reality, somewhat. Yes, Blizzard has finally fully unleashed Heroes of the Storm onto the masses, allowing players to finally pit iconic characters from Blizzards many and unrelated IPs against each other in a situation that would never happen otherwise in canon. All for the sweet low price of free.

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Heroes of the Strom ditches Tychus Findlay’s cigar to meet “T” rating

Heroes of the Strom ditches Tychus Findlay’s cigar to meet “T” rating

Fans of the StarCraft franchise will know who Tychus Findlay is. If you aren't a fan of that franchise, Findlay is one of the big heroes of StarCraft and his signature item is the smoldering cigar always perched in his mouth. Findlay is part of the crew in the cross-franchise multiplayer online battle arena game Heroes of the Storm that launched in beta earlier this month.

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Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm open beta arrives

Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm open beta arrives

Blizzard's anticipated Heroes of the Storm game has arrived, at least in its open beta iteration. Back in early April 2014 the Alpha invites were going out, and since this past January the game has been in a closed beta. Right on time, that closed beta has flipped the sign over to "open", and it comes only a short while before the planned June launch of the game. Anyone can play now under the beta, but there might be some snafus.

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‘Warcraft’ movie pushed to summer 2016

‘Warcraft’ movie pushed to summer 2016

We’ve known for a while now that a movie based on World of Warcraft was in the works, but those who are eager to see it will have to wait a wee bit longer. Universal has decided to shift around the dates for a few upcoming movies, and one of them is “Warcraft”, the film based on Blizzard Entertainment’s popular game. Previously the movie was scheduled to arrive in theaters on March 11, 2016, but now with the schedule change it has been bumped a few months ahead to June 10.

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Blizzard’s ‘Heroes of the Storm’ arrives June 2

Blizzard’s ‘Heroes of the Storm’ arrives June 2

Blizzard has announced that its upcoming Heroes of the Storm game will be launching on June 2, and ahead of that debut will be open beta testing kicking off on May 19. Heroes of the Storm is a free-to-play online game for teams that pulls in “a diverse cast” of the maker’s most iconic characters and pits them together in battle. There are different gameplay modes, customization options, ranked play for skilled players (and options for newbies), and much more.

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Blizzard’s ‘Hearthstone’ arrives on iOS and Android

Blizzard’s ‘Hearthstone’ arrives on iOS and Android

Blizzard Entertainment has announced the launch of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft for Android and iOS, bringing the strategy card game to mobile users. The interface has been rehashed so that it is better aligned with the needs of small displays, while the game itself is promised to be easy to learn and fast when played. Those who have been using the tablet, Windows, or Mac OS X versions of the game will find the smartphone version to be largely similar, including the different content and features available through those software packages.

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Diablo III becomes MMORPG with a camera angle change

Diablo III becomes MMORPG with a camera angle change

Behold, the one way in which you're going to come back to the Diablo franchise without hating yourself for dropping all those SOJs in a huff. A new camera angle! A demonstration of a new camera angle has been released to the public by innovator Monstrousd3, one in which you'll find yourself face to face with your enemies, in a way you've only ever once experienced before - back when you dropped D3 for the first time and went back to World of Warcraft.

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Blizzard’s ‘Heroes of the Dorm’ tournament will be covered by ESPN

Blizzard’s ‘Heroes of the Dorm’ tournament will be covered by ESPN

Blizzard Entertainment has announced its new "Heroes of the Dorm" tournament for, you guessed it, college students. These students will be battling for a litany of prizes, the best ones probably being the funds for tuition (in excess of $450,000 is up for grabs). While it's a fun shot for college students to get a leg up in their college (and perhaps gaming) career, it's a big milestone for eSports in general: for the first time ever, ESPN will be offering live televised coverage of an eSports event.

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World of Warcraft tokens bring 30 days of gameplay

World of Warcraft tokens bring 30 days of gameplay

World of Warcraft's creator has announced a new in-game item that'll give gamers 30 days of gameplay for redeeming it (or gold, depending on circumstance). They're called Tokens, and they can be bought with real-life money in the shop, then swapped to get in-game gold. Some other gamers, nearing the end of their subscription and in need of getting a gaming fix for one more money, will be able to buy that token, then, and redeem it for a month's worth of playing.

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World-bending changes: Warcraft III models in Starcraft II

World-bending changes: Warcraft III models in Starcraft II

If you are a fan of both of Blizzard's *Craft games, then soon you will get your chance to bring them all together into one messy whole. The game publisher has just announced that it is bringing thousands of Warcraft III assets into the StarCraft II world, first via the Public Test Realm (PTR) channel. This will give testers some time to dream up wars and scenarios, and maybe even reenactments, which Blizzard may spotlight once the patches roll out to the wider public.

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