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Blizzard is keeping the Battle.net brand after all

Blizzard is keeping the Battle.net brand after all

Well, that was fast: less than a year after announcing that it would drop its Battle.net branding, Blizzard has revealed that it will be sticking around after all. Even though Blizzard had already started the process of killing off Battle.net, it looks like it's a fair bit harder to part with such a popular brand than the company had anticipated. So, the Battle.net branding will stick around, though it'll still receive some tweaks.

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Overwatch Deathmatch mode revealed: Here’s what you need to know

Overwatch Deathmatch mode revealed: Here’s what you need to know

Overwatch has been one of the most popular first person shooters since it launched almost a year and a half ago, but it's been missing one key FPS game mode its entire life: deathmatch. Players have been asking for deathmatch in some form since launch, but Blizzard has always responded with "no." The thinking behind the lack of deathmatch is that Blizzard would rather have Overwatch be about team-based objectives than simple kill count.

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Overwatch Summer Games is live: The new legendary skins you need to see

Overwatch Summer Games is live: The new legendary skins you need to see

Overwatch's Summer Games event has returned, and with it comes a host of new skins and other cosmetic items to unlock. The three-week event will see players rushing to earn loot boxes to unlock these cosmetics, but just what kind of skins can you unlock? After Jeff Kaplan teased new legendary skins last week, Blizzard has now revealed all of the Summer Games skins that will be available during the event.

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Hearthstone gets new Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion next week

Hearthstone gets new Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion next week

Developer Blizzard has finally announced the release date for the new Hearthstone expansion, Knights of the Frozen Throne, and the good news for fans of the digital card-based game is that they won't have long to wait. Packed full of new features and cards, the expansion will be available for download next week, on Thursday, August 10th.

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Overwatch Summer Games is back: What you need to know

Overwatch Summer Games is back: What you need to know

It's been a year since Blizzard rolled out Overwatch's first seasonal event, the Summer Games. Though the Summer Games were initially meant to coincide with the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Blizzard has decided to bring them back again this year. Jeff Kaplan made the announcement in a new developer update video, revealing that the Summer Games will be returning next week.

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Overwatch update enacts stricter penalties for bad behavior

Overwatch update enacts stricter penalties for bad behavior

Blizzard has delivered some news that's encouraging for a lot of its players and scary for a special few: it will begin enacting stricter penalties for toxic behavior in Overwatch. Blizzard has already shown us that it has no problem swinging the banhammer when cheating is involved, but if you're toxic to your teammates (or even your enemies) it will begin swinging in your direction too. These new rules go into effect immediately, so if you've been silenced or suspended before, you might want to clean up your act quickly.

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Overwatch teases new weapon skins feature

Overwatch teases new weapon skins feature

With each event that comes to Blizzard's team-based shooter Overwatch, arguably the best part are the new character skins that get added — the purely cosmetic costume changes that let players change-up the look of their favorite heroes. Now there's evidence that players might soon be able to change the look of a character's weapon individually from their skin, as hinted in a new video from Blizzard about the creation of Overwatch's newest hero Doomfist.

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Blizzard has terrible news for some gamers

Blizzard has terrible news for some gamers

Bad news for some of you Blizzard fans: the company has revealed that it will soon end support for some legacy Windows operating systems. This, importantly, means that you won't be able to play any of Blizzard's more recent games if you're still using one of these OSes. It is worth pointing out, however, that the best Blizzard gave ever made - Diablo II - will still run just fine.

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Doomfist is finally coming to Overwatch

Doomfist is finally coming to Overwatch

After of mountains of speculation, Blizzard has confirmed that Doomfist will be Overwatch's next hero. Fans have been waiting for Doomfist to join the Overwatch cast of characters since the game was released, and it looks like he'll play unlike any other character in the game. Even better is that he's going live on the Overwatch public test realm today, so you don't need to wait if you want to try him out.

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You can now pre-purchase StarCraft: Remastered

You can now pre-purchase StarCraft: Remastered

While going retro is still a strong trend in the gaming industry, not all are willing to go back to the 8 and 16 bit games of their childhood. That, or their childhood never really wet back that far. Some of today's gamers, instead, grew up with games like Diablo and StarCraft. Sensing the potential cash cow, Blizzard announced last March that it would also be going retro in the way it best knows, giving StarCraft a 4K facelift. Those patiently waiting to relive their childhood, or live it for the first time, can now put in a pre-order for the game ahead of its August launch.

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Diablo 3’s Rise of the Necromancer DLC is now available

Diablo 3’s Rise of the Necromancer DLC is now available

After announcing the release date just last week, Blizzard has launched Diablo 3's Rise of the Necromancer DLC. Anticipation for this DLC has been building for months, as it adds the much-loved Necromancer class from Diablo 2. The DLC went live with Diablo 3 version 2.6.0, which was patched into the game just a little while ago.

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Overwatch update improves loot box drops, Hearthstone follows suit

Overwatch update improves loot box drops, Hearthstone follows suit

While Overwatch has seen immense success, one of its more divisive features has been its loot box system. Though Overwatch runs $40 for the standard version on PC and $60 on consoles, players can only unlock new cosmetic items through a F2P-like loot box system. These loot boxes are fairly rare in-game - you get one every time your account levels up, but otherwise you need to purchase them with real-world money - and with that in mind, it really stings when you get cosmetics items you already have.

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