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Blizzard will make more WarCraft, Diablo games in the face of layoffs

Blizzard will make more WarCraft, Diablo games in the face of layoffs

If Activision Blizzard manages to pull off this near-impossible challenge, it will be a miracle. Not that it will do anything to repair the company's tarnished image. After announcing a record-breaking 2018 revenue, the game developer announced it would be laying off around 800 people. That's because it expects Blizzard to have disappointing sales this year due to the lack of new major content for existing games. And its strategy to make ends meet? Make new games instead.

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Activision Blizzard lays off 800 employees after record revenue in 2018

Activision Blizzard lays off 800 employees after record revenue in 2018

In a call with investors today, Activision Blizzard revealed that it has laid off 8-percent of its employees, which works out to around 800 jobs. Company president Collister Johnson cited "weaker than anticipated retail demand," and it was also revealed that Blizzard doesn't have any major game releases planned for this year fiscal year. The business decision is despite a record net revenue in 2018.

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Overwatch Paris map goes live for PC players in PTR program

Overwatch Paris map goes live for PC players in PTR program

Blizzard has released the newest map for Overwatch, though it's not available for all players yet. Called "Paris," the map features the iconic city and follows the most recent map up until this point, "Busan," which was released late last year. The map is currently live for PC players who are part of the PTR program, but everyone will get access to it soon.

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Overwatch gets a permanent price cut beginning today

Overwatch gets a permanent price cut beginning today

Overwatch's Year of the Pig in-game event kicks off today, and to go along with it, Blizzard has apparently decided to drop the game's price. This isn't some kind of sale to promote Year of the Pig either, as Blizzard says in today's announcement that these price cuts are permanent. If you've held out on buying Overwatch this long, it looks like your patience is finally paying off.

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Overwatch Lunar New Year event returns next week for Year of the Pig

Overwatch Lunar New Year event returns next week for Year of the Pig

It's nearly that time of the year: Blizzard has announced that Overwatch's Lunar New Year event will be kicking off soon once again. This will be the event's third year running, and of course, this time around, we're celebrating the Year of the Pig. Details are still pretty slim, but Blizzard has revealed when the event will kick off, which is arugably the most important detail of the bunch.

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Blizzard tries to rein in Overwatch Twitch chat

Blizzard tries to rein in Overwatch Twitch chat

Those who visit Twitch regularly know that Twitch chat is an interesting entity that can turn from rather subdued into toxic insanity at the drop of a hat. Most streamers keep their own chats relatively free of toxicity through things like moderation, bans, and word filters, but as the viewer count of a particular channel grows, it gets harder and harder to keep Twitch chat from spiraling into madness. Blizzard is looking to test a new method of channel moderation for Overwatch pro matches, but Overwatch fans might not like what it's doing.

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Blizzard creates ‘discipline tracker’ to catalog Overwatch cheaters

Blizzard creates ‘discipline tracker’ to catalog Overwatch cheaters

Blizzard has launched a new "discipline tracker" website that catalogs professional Overwatch players who have broken the rules. The tracker will run throughout the 2019 season and include pertinent details, including the player's name, the date of the discipline, their team, what they did to get in trouble, and the penalty that was issued.

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Hearthstone card changes: Balance on December 19

Hearthstone card changes: Balance on December 19

This week Hearthstone is getting a few balance changes to cards that've become a bit too powerful for their own good. Some of these cards are new, but some are surprisingly old. Like Saronite Chain Gang, which now only copies Saronite Chain Game specifically - instead of whatever creature is copying the abilities of this creature. Other changes are slightly more obvious.

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Blizzard moves developers off Heroes of the Storm, cans 2019 pro league

Blizzard moves developers off Heroes of the Storm, cans 2019 pro league

It looks like development is beginning to wind down on Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm. The company has announced that it has moved some developers away from the game and over to other projects. Though development on HotS will continue with new heroes and events, the company says that the "cadence will change".

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Blizzard reportedly working on Warcraft mobile game inspired by Pokemon Go

Blizzard reportedly working on Warcraft mobile game inspired by Pokemon Go

At their Blizzcon event early this month, game developer Blizzard announced Diablo Immortal, a new entry in the long-running series but the first to be released on smartphones. What followed was a huge backlash from fans, mostly on the basis that the game wasn't a true Diablo 4 for PC that they had been expecting. But rather than backing down on plans for additional mobile titles, it appears Blizzard is moving forward with another project based on the Warcraft franchise.

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Overwatch free week begins today: How to get playing

Overwatch free week begins today: How to get playing

In case you missed the news, Overwatch begins another free promotion today. Usually, these free-to-play periods for Overwatch only last a weekend, but this time around, the game will be free for nearly an entire week. That means you'll be able to play through the holiday weekend and spend a significant amount of time with the game before deciding whether or not to buy.

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Overwatch goes free next week: What you need to know

Overwatch goes free next week: What you need to know

It seems that most people who want to play Overwatch would have already bought it by now, but if you're one of those few hold outs, then you'll definitely want to set aside some time next week. Blizzard has announced another free promotion for Overwatch, and this one will last almost an entire week. It'll be happening over the Thanksgiving holiday too, which is usually a period when most people have some extra free time.

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