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Blizzard is killing its Battle.net branding after 20 years of use

Blizzard is killing its Battle.net branding after 20 years of use

If you've been playing Blizzard games like World of Warcraft, Diablo, Starcraft, Hearthstone, and the recent Overwatch over the years, you know the name Battle.net as being synonymous with the developer's own. First introduced back in 1996 with the debut of the original Diablo, Battle.net was Blizzard's core multiplayer platform used to power every game that followed. But after 20 years of use, Blizzard announced last week that it was putting the name to rest.

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World of Warcraft: Legion pulls in 3.3 million launch day sales

World of Warcraft: Legion pulls in 3.3 million launch day sales

Have you been playing through Legion, World of Warcraft's latest expansion? If so, it would appear you're not alone. Blizzard announced today that Legion managed to sell 3.3 million copies through its August 30 launch day, so it seems many people have been eager to explore what the expansion has to offer. Not bad for a 12 year old game.

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World of Warcraft: Legion companion app arrives for Android and iOS

World of Warcraft: Legion companion app arrives for Android and iOS

Blizzard has announced the launch of the World of Warcraft: Legion companion app, a free offering for WoW Legion players who want to take the game with them wherever they go. “…Even the most stalwart of Azeroth’s defenders can’t be at their computer all the time,” the company explains, and so the app offers several features to fill the void, including things like exploring world quests, training recruits, researching Order Hall upgrades, and more. The app is available now for both iOS and Android.

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Blizzard CEO discusses Vanilla WoW server options

Blizzard CEO discusses Vanilla WoW server options

It's been less than two months since Blizzard announced that they would be taking legal action against the popular Vanilla World of Warcraft server, Nostalrius. Private MMO servers have been shut down plenty of times, and they usually close down with little fanfare. However, this case is very different, and just yesterday, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime sat down to discuss it with a former WoW developer.

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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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World of Warcraft’s Duskwood gets a spooky makeover in Unreal 4

World of Warcraft’s Duskwood gets a spooky makeover in Unreal 4

In the early days of World of Warcraft, most places you visited (at least as an Alliance player) were fairly bright and cheerful. However, there was one location that always stood out for me. Duskwood felt a lot like the game's take on Sleepy Hollow. And one fan has remade the area in Unreal 4, and it looks even spookier.

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WoW’s Lion’s Pride Inn gets faithfully recreated for the Warcraft movie

WoW’s Lion’s Pride Inn gets faithfully recreated for the Warcraft movie

When you hear about a popular video game being turned into a movie, you always wonder about how faithful the studio will be to the source material. After all, just look at any of Uwe Boll's adaptations. We're inching ever closer to Warcraft's big-screen debut, and the latest peek behind the scenes shows that the team is really focusing on the little details.

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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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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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Blizzard takes legal action against community-ran vanilla WoW server

Blizzard takes legal action against community-ran vanilla WoW server

World of Warcraft is a very different game than the one that made its debut back in 2004. This fact was most obviously apparent to those who played on a user-ran server, which is based on the original, vanilla version of the game. One of the most popular user-ran vanilla servers was named Nostalrius, and next week it will be going offline.

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