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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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Diablo III headed to consoles in September: PS4 and Xbox One still possible

Diablo III headed to consoles in September: PS4 and Xbox One still possible

As Blizzard Entertainment lets it be known that their decade-long awaited title Diablo III has been optimized for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, a release date is dropped well within the ream of next-generation console detail. With September third on the books, the devil-bashing game is set to bring web-connected-only action to both consoles with whispers of a re-release for the future. Could it be that this game would continue to be released next year, as well?

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Blizzard reboots Titan next-gen MMO: Reportedly reassigns 70% of team

Blizzard reboots Titan next-gen MMO: Reportedly reassigns 70% of team

Bizzard Entertainment has been teasing us about its next-gen MMO, codenamed Titan, since 2007, but a decision to reset the game's development means we'll have to wait even longer to play it: potentially 2016 at the very earliest. Around 70-percent of the Titan dev team has been reassigned, VentureBeat reports, with the remaining 30 or so staff working on what a Blizzard spokesperson said were "some large design and technology changes to the game."

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