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Blizzard sets up giant Overwatch action figures across the globe

Blizzard sets up giant Overwatch action figures across the globe

Blizzard has come up with a classy, and creative, way to celebrate the upcoming release of Overwatch on May 24th: a series of huge sculptures installed in several locations around the world, depicting some of the game's characters as boxed-up action figures. And when I say huge, I mean they weigh over 3 tons, and required a crane and several forklifts to put in place, according to one witness. The boxes tower over a 6-foot tall man!

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All World of Warcraft expansions are now free for all players

All World of Warcraft expansions are now free for all players

The next few months are looking to be good ones for Blizzard, and fans of their popular MMO, World of Warcraft. In June, Blizzard will release their first feature film, based on the franchise. Then in August, they'll be releasing the next expansion for the game, Legion.

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Warcraft movie tickets will come with a free copy of the game

Warcraft movie tickets will come with a free copy of the game

Next month, the lore behind the popular MMO, World of Warcraft, will make its way to the big screen. And Blizzard is no doubt hoping that moviegoers will develop a new interest in the game, even if they've never played it before. In fact, if you got to the right theaters, you'll get a free copy of the game to take home and install.

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Blizzard details how Overwatch cheaters will be dealt with

Blizzard details how Overwatch cheaters will be dealt with

Overwatch, the new team-based first-person shooter from Blizzard, just concluded its open beta earlier this week, and the game proved to be very popular, seeing over 9.7 million players. Now that the next step is awaiting the May 24th release, Blizzard has taken a moment to explain how it will deal with players caught cheating, and it's a simple, clear-cut policy: one strike and they're out. Cheating just once will result in a permanent ban from Overwatch.

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Warcraft trailer gets recut in World of Warcraft

Warcraft trailer gets recut in World of Warcraft

We're just under a month away from the release of Warcraft, the movie based on the popular gaming franchise of the same name. Movies based on video games rarely work out the way that we hope, as it's not always easy to translate a story from an interactive medium to a passive one. One person has decided to take a new approach to the movie, by releasing their own remake of the trailer.

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Activision is going to use Facebook Live for e-sports broadcasting

Activision is going to use Facebook Live for e-sports broadcasting

As Activision Blizzard continues to get serious about e-sports as a major form of broadcast entertainment, the mega-publisher has announced that it will use Facebook Live as one outlet for bringing game matches to the masses. Thanks to a new partnership with the social network, Activision Blizzard will have more than just Twitch and YouTube as a way of building an audience for its MLG.tv platform.

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Blizzard responds to Nostalrius server takedown

Blizzard responds to Nostalrius server takedown

Earlier this month, a very popular WoW server was taken offline. The server was named Nostalrius, and it was ran by a group of fans, who wanted to offer the same original vanilla World of Warcraft experience that many of us experienced when we first started playing the game. Many users have cried out, asking for an explanation, and asking that Blizzard offer some sort of similar experience.

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Blizzard “failed horrifically” on Project Titan

Blizzard “failed horrifically” on Project Titan

There's no question that World of Warcraft is the most successful MMO of all-time. After 11 years, the game is still running strong, with more current subscribers than any other. But this wasn't going to be their only MMO. For years there were whispers about another planned MMO, named Titan. But what happened?

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Hearthstone’s next update will be remembered for its nerfs

Hearthstone’s next update will be remembered for its nerfs

Trading (or collectible) card games are nothing new in the physical realm, from Magic the Gathering in the West to Yu-Gi-Oh in the East to Pokemon everywhere in between. Very few, however, can lay claim to the same fame in the digital, mobile realm the way Blizzard's Hearthstone can. Set in the same world as WarCraft, Hearthstone is one of the very few of its kind to actually make a profit from the genre. Soon, however, Blizzard will be shaking the foundations with its Whispers of the Old Gods update, which will probably be more remembered for how it nerfed the game.

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WoW Legion release date confirmed

WoW Legion release date confirmed

We've known about World of Warcraft's next expansion, Legion, for some time now. Blizzard has been teasing us with bits of information about what we can expect from this newest set of content since last year. Thanks to some fine print in their marketing material late last year, we've had a pretty good idea of when the expansion will be released. However, today Blizzard has announced the official release date.

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Blizzard’s US servers go offline, hacker group takes credit

Blizzard’s US servers go offline, hacker group takes credit

If you were hoping to play World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, or any other Blizzard title last night, you probably had issues connecting. In fact, all of Blizzard's US servers were down for an extended period last night. There was no scheduled maintenance causing the downtime, instead the culprits were a group of Lizards.

The hacker group known as Lizard Squad decided that they needed to target Blizzard's US servers last night, and they appear to have made quick work of them. All Battle.net games were offline for an indeterminate amount of time last night and this morning. The hacker group took credit for the attack, and were sure to tweet about it just before they began their assault.

Blizzard responded to the attack by confirming that they were in fact hit with a "potential DDoS" at one of their datacenters. They then stated that they had taken actions to bring their services back up, and would continue working to mitigate the impact. A bit later they confirmed that a second attack had happened, but their "supercool internet-shield" stopped it.

Many people are wondering why Lizard Squad picked this time to focus an attack on Blizzard's service. There are a few theories floating around, though the group hasn't confirmed their motive. Personally, I think that it might have something to do with the legal action against private vanilla WoW server, Nostalrius. Perhaps some members of the Squad enjoyed playing on the server, and decided to see how Blizzard enjoyed having their servers shut down.

Regardless of the motive, Blizzard appears to be unharmed after the attack, and a large number of players were inconvenienced for a few hours. There are also reports of the team hacking one or more Blizzard staff email accounts, though Blizzard hasn't confirmed these.

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Private MMO servers – A grey area with potential

Private MMO servers – A grey area with potential

Earlier today the news broke that one of the most popular World of Warcraft emulation servers is being taken offline. The reason that it's going dark is due to the threat of legal action from Blizzard against both the team running the server, and the hosting provider that keeps it online. While Blizzard is legally in the right, it does bring up some interesting questions about the way MMOs change over time.

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