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BlizzCon adds up to a “substantial loss” for us, says Blizzard

All the exclusive, convention-only Murloc plushies in the world can’t recoup the cost of cramming 20,000 frothing fans into the Anaheim Convention Center, it seems. During the 2009 Austin GDC, Blizzard co-founder Frank Pearce explained that – while certainly an excellent marketing opportunity – BlizzCon does quite a number on Blizzard’s wallet. “BlizzCon is operated […]

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  • Blizzard's Paul Sams talks licensing, marketing

    During BlizzCon, Paul Sams, chief operating officer for Blizzard, sat down with IncGamers and talked a bit about how the company has changed over the years, especially with marketing. “When I think about what we have in store, what we have done, and how big BlizzCon has become, let alone our products – I mean, […]

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  • BlizzCon 2009 destroyed - everything in one place

    The news never sleeps. Thankfully, neither do Nathan, Steph and Johnny. BlizzCon 2009 brought a huge amount of new detail on Blizzard’s portfolio over the weekend, including the announcement of a new Diablo III class and a brand new upcoming WoW pack in Cataclysm. You could try to get everything from the “internet”. That would […]

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  • BlizzCon 09 Press Panel: No charging for WoW mods, Blizzard iPhone games, more

    We just got back from a press-only BlizzCon panel, wherein all questions were answered. Blizzard spilled its guts, and we recorded every excruciating detail. See all the carnage below: Guild housing probably isn’t coming to WoW. It was talked about for both Wrath of the Lich King and Cataclysm, but Blizzard has relegated it to […]

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  • BlizzCon 09: Blizzard uses StarCraft II map maker to create third-person RPG, shmup, Super Zerg

    If you thought Blizzard’s decision to let players to charge for created maps was the straw that broke the zergling’s back, you might want to reconsider. During BlizzCon’s StarCraft II gameplay panel, Blizzard showed off three custom maps that a few developers had whipped up in their free time. One was  a third-person action-RPG, another […]

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  • BlizzCon 09: Battlestar Galactica's Tricia Helfer to play Kerrigan in StarCraft II

    Straight out of Blizzard’s voice actor panel at BlizzCon, we’ve just found out that Battlestar Galactica’s Tricia Helfer will be playing Sarah Kerrigan in StarCraft II. Helfer, who played the seductive Number Six on Battlestar, will be voicing Kerrigan in her creepy, twisted Queen of Blades form, and in flashbacks as good ol’ non-genocide-bent Sarah. […]

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  • BlizzCon 09: Diablo III Q&A panel

    Blizzard held a Q&A panel with the developers for Diablo III at BlizzCon, and BigDownload has the highlights for you, which we have posted below. While the team is not talking about Player Vs Player gameplay in Diablo III at the moment they did say they want to avoid the “go hostile at any time” […]

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  • Race changes coming to WoW

    Is your WoW character starting to look uncomfortable in its own skin? Has your orc warrior’s odd penchant for mooing and grazing about relegated him to the loony bin? Well, Blizzard’s got a solution for you. During its WoW Q&A panel earlier today, Blizzard announced that race changes will be coming to WoW. The feature […]

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  • A new hero class in WoW: Cataclysm? Don't count on it

    When asked about the possibility of a new hero class during today’s WoW Q&A panel at BlizzCon, the developer was fairly blunt. Odds are, the panelists said, Cataclysm won’t add another member to what’s currently a Death Knight-only club. Blizzard’s reasoning was thus: WoW isn’t racing to include “40 or 50 classes,” and would rather […]

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  • BlizzCon 09: Release date for Diablo III yet to be announced, says Blizzard

    Yesterday, there were two different time-frames -of sorts- revealed for Diablo III. We contacted Blizzard to get some clarification on this, and were told by a company spokesperson that: “We haven’t announced a release date for Diablo III.” It all started when Geoff Keighely tweeted that StarCraft II and the new WoW expansion, Cataclysm were […]

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  • BlizzCon 09: Diablo III trailers featuring the Monk

    BlizzCon 09 started yesterday, and one of the reveals was the new playable class of the Monk for Diablo III. New environments with the borderlands and an evil-infested desert zone were also revealed. Five different videos for the new goodies were released by GameTrailers and Rock, Paper, Shotgun has all of ‘em posted. Go watch […]

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  • StarCraft II to support premium player-created maps

    During its Battle.net BlizzCon panel, Blizzard announced that StarCraft II will allow players to put price tags on their created maps. Creators will, of course, see some cash for their hard work, but Blizzard didn’t give an exact percentage. The hope is that this will encourage players to form small dev teams and craft complex […]

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  • Cataclysm Panel: Guild advancement system detailed, new race/class combos, Raganaros returning

    We just finished up at the BlizzCon WoW: Cataclysm panel and our news nets are full to bursting with wriggling tidbits. And you know what that means: info-dump, go! The expansion’s adding multiple new advancement systems. First up, the Guild Advancement System allows guilds to level all the way to 20 by doing normal activities […]

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  • BlizzCon 09: Day one all in one place

    What an opening day! A brand new WoW expansion known as Cataclysm revealed. That will please the fans for a good couple of weeks once released. But wait! Is the impossible possible? Diablo III on consoles? Better yet, a release this year? “IMPOSSIBLE!” we hear you cry. Still, if you have missed anything from day […]

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BlizzCon 2009 Latest

  • BlizzCon adds up to a “substantial loss” for us, says Blizzard

    All the exclusive, convention-only Murloc plushies in the world can’t recoup the cost of cramming 20,000 frothing fans into the Anaheim Convention Center, it seems. During the 2009 Austin GDC, Blizzard co-founder Frank Pearce explained that – while certainly an excellent marketing opportunity – BlizzCon does quite a number on Blizzard’s wallet. “BlizzCon is operated […]

  • Blizzard’s Paul Sams talks licensing, marketing

    During BlizzCon, Paul Sams, chief operating officer for Blizzard, sat down with IncGamers and talked a bit about how the company has changed over the years, especially with marketing. “When I think about what we have in store, what we have done, and how big BlizzCon has become, let alone our products – I mean, […]

  • BlizzCon 2009 destroyed – everything in one place

    The news never sleeps. Thankfully, neither do Nathan, Steph and Johnny. BlizzCon 2009 brought a huge amount of new detail on Blizzard’s portfolio over the weekend, including the announcement of a new Diablo III class and a brand new upcoming WoW pack in Cataclysm. You could try to get everything from the “internet”. That would […]

  • BlizzCon 09 Press Panel: No charging for WoW mods, Blizzard iPhone games, more

    We just got back from a press-only BlizzCon panel, wherein all questions were answered. Blizzard spilled its guts, and we recorded every excruciating detail. See all the carnage below: Guild housing probably isn’t coming to WoW. It was talked about for both Wrath of the Lich King and Cataclysm, but Blizzard has relegated it to […]

  • BlizzCon 09: Blizzard uses StarCraft II map maker to create third-person RPG, shmup, Super Zerg

    If you thought Blizzard’s decision to let players to charge for created maps was the straw that broke the zergling’s back, you might want to reconsider. During BlizzCon’s StarCraft II gameplay panel, Blizzard showed off three custom maps that a few developers had whipped up in their free time. One was  a third-person action-RPG, another […]

  • BlizzCon 09: Battlestar Galactica’s Tricia Helfer to play Kerrigan in StarCraft II

    Straight out of Blizzard’s voice actor panel at BlizzCon, we’ve just found out that Battlestar Galactica’s Tricia Helfer will be playing Sarah Kerrigan in StarCraft II. Helfer, who played the seductive Number Six on Battlestar, will be voicing Kerrigan in her creepy, twisted Queen of Blades form, and in flashbacks as good ol’ non-genocide-bent Sarah. […]

  • BlizzCon 09: Diablo III Q&A panel

    Blizzard held a Q&A panel with the developers for Diablo III at BlizzCon, and BigDownload has the highlights for you, which we have posted below. While the team is not talking about Player Vs Player gameplay in Diablo III at the moment they did say they want to avoid the “go hostile at any time” […]

  • Race changes coming to WoW

    Is your WoW character starting to look uncomfortable in its own skin? Has your orc warrior’s odd penchant for mooing and grazing about relegated him to the loony bin? Well, Blizzard’s got a solution for you. During its WoW Q&A panel earlier today, Blizzard announced that race changes will be coming to WoW. The feature […]

  • A new hero class in WoW: Cataclysm? Don’t count on it

    When asked about the possibility of a new hero class during today’s WoW Q&A panel at BlizzCon, the developer was fairly blunt. Odds are, the panelists said, Cataclysm won’t add another member to what’s currently a Death Knight-only club. Blizzard’s reasoning was thus: WoW isn’t racing to include “40 or 50 classes,” and would rather […]

  • BlizzCon 09: Release date for Diablo III yet to be announced, says Blizzard

    Yesterday, there were two different time-frames -of sorts- revealed for Diablo III. We contacted Blizzard to get some clarification on this, and were told by a company spokesperson that: “We haven’t announced a release date for Diablo III.” It all started when Geoff Keighely tweeted that StarCraft II and the new WoW expansion, Cataclysm were […]

  • BlizzCon 09: Diablo III trailers featuring the Monk

    BlizzCon 09 started yesterday, and one of the reveals was the new playable class of the Monk for Diablo III. New environments with the borderlands and an evil-infested desert zone were also revealed. Five different videos for the new goodies were released by GameTrailers and Rock, Paper, Shotgun has all of ‘em posted. Go watch […]

  • StarCraft II to support premium player-created maps

    During its Battle.net BlizzCon panel, Blizzard announced that StarCraft II will allow players to put price tags on their created maps. Creators will, of course, see some cash for their hard work, but Blizzard didn’t give an exact percentage. The hope is that this will encourage players to form small dev teams and craft complex […]

  • Cataclysm Panel: Guild advancement system detailed, new race/class combos, Raganaros returning

    We just finished up at the BlizzCon WoW: Cataclysm panel and our news nets are full to bursting with wriggling tidbits. And you know what that means: info-dump, go! The expansion’s adding multiple new advancement systems. First up, the Guild Advancement System allows guilds to level all the way to 20 by doing normal activities […]

  • BlizzCon 09: Day one all in one place

    What an opening day! A brand new WoW expansion known as Cataclysm revealed. That will please the fans for a good couple of weeks once released. But wait! Is the impossible possible? Diablo III on consoles? Better yet, a release this year? “IMPOSSIBLE!” we hear you cry. Still, if you have missed anything from day […]

  • BlizzCon 09: Cataclysm and StarCraft II only titles for 2010 [UPDATE]

    Update: Ripten is reporting that Mike Morhaime has told DirecTV that, while he won’t give a specific date, Diablo III will be released this year. Okay, now that sounds a lot better than 2011. Shockingly better. Unexpectedly better. Dreamland better. Still, we will have Nathan poke around for more to be sure. It sounds too […]

  • BlizzCon 09: Cataclysm zones revealed, detailed

    The new World of Warcraft expansion, Cataclysm, was revealed today as you are well aware. Good thing because the new zones for the expansion have been revealed and detailed as well. There will be several, apparently, and starting zones Gilneas (Worgen-Alliance) and The Lost Isles (Goblins-Horde) will be level 1-15. Also, every zone in Azeroth […]

  • BlizzCon 09: Diablo III in-game screens show off Monk class

    The Monk class was revealed for Diablo III at BlizzCon today, and the first in-game screens have popped up over on Shack. It looks rather good. You can find out loads more through our liveblog transcript of the event here.

  • Blizzcon 09: Debut WoW Cataclysm trailer is live

    Blizzard’s put live the debut trailer of the new World of Warcraft expansion, Cataclysm. You can find it through here. That’s if the site isn’t getting battered to death anyways. It was just announced tonight. The first screens are here.

  • Blizzcon 09: First screenshots of WoW: Cataclysm

    So, Cataclysm was finally announced tonight, don’t you know. And already the first screens are out. Get them after the jump. More info as it comes.

  • BlizzCon 09: And here’s the WoW Catacysm logo

    Well, what do you think? A beaut? The expansion was just announced tonight.

  • BlizzCon 09: Goblins playable race in next WoW expansion

    Chris Metzen, Blizzard’s VP of creative development just took the stage at BlizzCon and announced the new expansion for World of Warcraft, along with two new playable races. Looks like the new races are Goblins on the Horde side and Worgen are the new alliance race.

  • BlizzCon O.C.: New World of Warcraft expansion announced, called Cataclysm

    Blizzard’s just announced a brand new expansion for World of Warcraft, known as Cataclysm. The expansion will change the face of Azeroth, as Nathan put it during the livetext, as the war against the Lich King contines in the expansion. The expansion also sees the level cap rise to 85 with new dungeons and raids added. There […]

  • Monk revealed as fourth Diablo III class [Update]

    Update: It’s just been confirmed at the Blizzcon OC. A trailer’s been shown as well, all real-time and no CG. More at the livetext below. Original Story: A accidental leak on the Korean portal of the Diablo III website has revealed the fourth class in the game to be the monk. More through here. We’ll […]

  • BlizzCon 2009 Opening Ceremony liveblog

    Here we go again with another liveblog kiddos. This time it’s BlizzCon 2009. Be sure and come back to this space for the Opening Ceremony of BlizzCon, and maybe, just maybe we will hear more about the rumored Cataclysm expansion for World of Warcraft, updates on StarCraft II and Diablo III – and who knows […]

  • Weekly MMO news round-up: Conan at PAX, LOTRO gets new jewelry, WoW expansion leaks

    Loads of stuff happened this week with MMOs. Bethesda laughed off an Elder Scrolls MMO, APB started the Beta application process, Aion released pretty trailers, Star Wars will be playable at GamesCom and all other sorts of interesting things happened. What we didn’t tell you about was that Lord of the Rings Online got some […]

  • Ozzy Osbourne confirmed for Blizzcon gig

    Blizzard just confirmed that Ozzy Osbourne will play as Blizzcon next week, as previously rumoured. “Our goal with BlizzCon is to deliver an unforgettable weekend of entertainment, and we can’t think of a better way to close out this year’s show than having Ozzy rock the house,” said Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime. We’re going! PR […]

  • Ozzy Osbourne to appear at Blizzcon

    A DirecTV listing has apparently confirmed that ageing rocker Ozzy Osbourne is to appear at Blizzcon next week, as reported by Wow.com. Osbourne will be making a ” special appearance” at the event, although that’s all the info so far. Blizzcon 2009 takes place on August 21-22 in Anaheim, CA.

  • Blizzcon 2009 tickets sold out in 8 minutes

    Missed this from the Acti Q2 call earlier this week. Company execs said in the chat that all 20,000 Blizzcon tickets sold out in less than eight minutes this year. The event’s taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center in California on August 20-21. Are we going? Yes, we are. Hit BigDownload for more.

  • Blizzcon tourney streaming vids free, pay-per-view costs £25

    Blizzard’s confirmed that all tournament streams from Blizzcon later this month are to be viewable by all. “The tournament coverage streams are free, but to watch panels, see new announcements as they are made, or receive the in-game pet, you will need to order the Pay Per View Internet stream,” said blue poster Cydra. If […]

  • Blizzard confirms Gamescom presence

    Blizzard just confirmed it’s to have a stand at Gamescom this year. You’ll be able to hook up with the WoW behemoth in Cologne on booths B21 and B23 in Halle 6. There’s no detail on what’s to be shown by the firm as yet, but there will be a link-up between Cologne and Anaheim […]