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Blizzard COO excited by Steam Machines, says only Valve could pull them off

Valve’s mission to overhaul PC gaming in the living room could only have been done by the Steam creators, Blizzard COO Paul Sams reckons. He’s also very excited by the prospect.

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Paul Sams headlines

  • Warren Spector and Blizzard COO to create gaming academic academy

    Warren Spector and Blizzard COO Paul Sams are collaborating with The University of Texas at Austin to found the school’s first academic video game program led by industry veterans. The Denius-Sams Gaming Academy will open its doors Fall 2014.

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  • Diablo III console "a true Blizzard-level experience," says COO Sams

    Diablo III on consoles will feature “a true Blizzard-level experience,” company COO Paul Sams has told CVG.

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  • Blizzard already has "general framework" in place for fifth WoW expansion

    Blizzard COO Paul Sams has tikd CVG he already knows what the next World of Warcraft expansion entails, and that SVP of creative development Chris Metzen and his team already “know what they’re going to be doing for multiple expansions ahead.”

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  • Blizzard: Offering Diablo III for free is a show of "gratitude," to WoW player base

    Blizzard COO Paul Sams has said the firm is offering Diablo III free to World of Warcraft Annual Pass subscribers as a way to “show an amount of gratitude,” to the player base.

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  • Blizzard: Titan to be "next big thing from us" after Diablo III

    Blizzard COO Paul Sams had said the company’s next-gen MMO, codenamed Titan, will be its “next big thing” following the release of Diablo III.

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  • New Blizzard MMO to be "more complementary than competitive"

    Blizzard COO Paul Sams has said the company’s next MMO will be “more complementary than competitive.”

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  • Blizzard's never "pressured" to release a game before it's finished

    Blizzard CEO Paul Sams has said that rushing products to retail to meet financial milestones can undermine a development team’s work.

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  • Blizzard COO now partial owner of Pittsburgh Stealers

    When we cash our paycheques, we usually go out and buy a new game. When Blizzard COO Paul Sams cashes his paycheque, he buys a team to play a game for him. And not just any game, either. Professional frikkin’ football. Sams, according to a post on the Steelers’ official website, is one of ten […]

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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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  • Paul Sams: "Blizzard intends on delivering one frontline release per year"

    During last night’s Acti Blizz Q4 earnings call, Blizzard COO Paul Sams said that, “Blizzard intends on delivering one frontline release per year. I think you can see in our numbers that that is contemplated.” Everyone knows that Blizzard is hard at work on Diablo III and StarCraft II along with the oft-teased “unannounced MMO”. […]

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  • Blizzard: We are not threatened by EA and The Old Republic

    Blizzard COO Paul Sams has told VG247 that the prospect of a Star Wars BioWare MMO in the shape of The Old Republic isn’t threatening to his firm. “No, we don’t feel threatened by them,” he said. “We actually think that having additional players in the market is positive, because it’s going to introduce a […]

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  • WoW character customisation charges are a "deterrent," says Blizzard

    Charges to make post-roll changes to World of Warcraft characters are supposed to be a “deterrent” to constant use, Blizzard told Eurogamer yesterday, similar to the existing name change and server transfer services. “When you create your character, often times you wish you’d done things differently. You wish you were on a different realm, you […]

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  • Wrath of the Lich King launches in London

    World of Warcraft expansion Wrath of the Lich King has launched in London to a heaving crowd at Oxford Street’s HMV. Thousands queued outside the store to welcome in the second add-on to the world’s favourite MMO – find our gallery from the night here – with the usual assortment of cosplayers, children, grey gamers […]

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  • Blizzard COO: We're not milking StarCraft 2

    Speaking to Videogamer in London today ahead of the launch of Wrath of the Lich King tonight, Blizzard COO Paul Sams categorially denied the firm was looking to exploit StarCraft II will it’s three-pronged release strategy. “The fact of the matter is, it’s absolutely, positively untrue about us trying to stretch it out and milk […]

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  • Blizzard COO: Growth still important to WoW, still seeing "meaningful" subs increases

    Blizzard COO Paul Sams said today that growth was still important to World of Warcraft, and that the game is still seeing “meaningful” increases in subscriber numbers. “I think growing the subscribership is important,” he told VG247, speaking in London ahead of tonight’s launch of Wrath of the Lich King. “People leave. Taking a moment […]

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  • Blizzard COO: Our new MMO is "cool, new, different, next generation"

    Speaking ahead of tonight’s launch of WoW expansion Wrath of the Lich King, Blizzard COO Paul Sams has told VG247 that its second major MMO – already in development – is going to be a “next generation” title that sounds like a substantial departure from World of Warcraft. “We want to create a great game,” […]

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  • Blizzard COO Paul Sams to attend Lich King London event tonight

    Wrath of the Lich King launches in the US and Europe tonight, and Blizzard’s shipping in COO Paul Sams for interviews and crowd-pleasing at the London HMV event. Associate producer Lee Sparks will also be “in the house,” as will thousands of people dressed as blood elves and warlocks. We’ll be there too. Start looking […]

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  • Those who tried WAR are coming back to WoW, says Sams

    Speaking to GI, Blizzard’s Paul Sams has said that more than half of the people that cited leaving World of Warcraft to try Warhammer Online have no returned. “We’ve seen a significant number of people, well over half, that cited Warhammer as their reason for leaving – they’ve already returned,” said Sams. “It surprises me […]

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  • Microsoft should focus more on PC games, says Blizzard boss

    Speaking to Gamasutra, Blizzard COO Paul Sams has hit out at Microsoft for not focusing enough on PC gaming. “Well, their gaming focus is very much on the 360,” he said. “And that makes sense, cause they’re a hardware manufacturer as well as a software developer. And so they’ve got a lot of money and […]

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