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BlizzCon 14 ticket sales tap virtual attendance

BlizzCon 14 ticket sales tap virtual attendance

This week the folks at Blizzard Entertainment have let it be known that their annual gaming event extravaganza will be taking place on November 7th and 8th in Anaheim. Ticket sales for this event have been tipped for May 7th and May 10th, with a spread left open for a breather - one batch will be released one day, another on the other.

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Overwatch tipped as Blizzard’s next multiplayer gaming title

Overwatch tipped as Blizzard’s next multiplayer gaming title

As of December, 2013, Blizzard was publicly in search of a Lead Producer of what was described as the company’s "next awesome game." It was Blizzard director Michael Booth that let it be known that the company was in search of a team that would take command on an "unannounced game title." "We can’t tell you exactly what the game is yet," these listings said, "but trust us, it’s awesome."

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Heroes of the Storm Alpha invites issued: gameplay streaming begins

Heroes of the Storm Alpha invites issued: gameplay streaming begins

This week the folks behind Blizzard Entertainment’s release of the next-generation Multiplayer Online Battle Arena game Heroes of the Storm have begun inviting players to the Alpha. This means that the game will be able to be played in a limited capacity, with only those with invites allowed to take part in the game until Beta mode begins. This game is being live streamed by a number of Alpha players through Twitch this afternoon as well.

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Diablo 3 gold and real-money auction houses end-date: tomorrow

Diablo 3 gold and real-money auction houses end-date: tomorrow

It’s time to be done with the longest-lasting experiment in real-cash trade for Diablo items in the history of the Diablo gamin franchise. It will be Tuesday, March 18th when the gold and real-money auction houses are taken down entirely, while the rest of the auction house ecosystem will remain in play. Until June 24th, players will be able to access their "completed" tabs - but we wouldn’t risk it.

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Blizzard now funds college-aimed gaming tournaments: students beware

Blizzard now funds college-aimed gaming tournaments: students beware

It would seem that the term "exports" is going to be continuing to take hold as Blizzard has suggested that they'll be funding "collegiate exports" soon. This "Membership Milestone Program" as Blizzard is calling it, is being created in partnership with the folks at TeSPA (The ESports Association) to create a system that'll be both far-reaching and more well-respected than ever before - aiming it directly at college-aged individuals across the USA.

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Diablo III Auction Houses shuttering doors entirely

Diablo III Auction Houses shuttering doors entirely

This week the folks behind Diablo III's development and upkeep have announced that they'll be cutting their ill-fated auction house from the equation entirely. As Blizzard suggests, both the Gold and the Real Money auction houses will be cut from the game from top to bottom in the month of March, 2014, after a rather rocky road from the launch of the point we're at now where it's been decided that this mechanic eats away at the core of the game. This move will be pushed alongside the "Loot 2.0" system appearing with the Reaper of Souls expansion of the game.

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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls expansion adds new character class

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls expansion adds new character class

With the arrival of Diablo III to consoles just around the corner, speculation was high at the Gamescom conference about what Blizzard would be adding to the game. Live reporting by Eurogamer shows an expansion called Reaper of Souls is set to add a new character class called the Crusader into the mix. Changes and additions to the loot system, story, and endgame options round out this expansion's feature set.

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Blizzard testing WoW in-game purchases despite ongoing D3 debacle

Blizzard testing WoW in-game purchases despite ongoing D3 debacle

Though the two are slightly different elements of in-game play, Blizzard has suggested a real-money transaction addition in World of Warcraft despite their less-than-stellar performance with real-money-trading in their other large-scale online game Diablo 3. This new system is said by one single developer on Blizzard's team - alone in a forum, believe or not - to be part of an exploration of possibilities at the moment, and not quite solid as such.

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