Activision Blizzard Q2 net revenues revealed

August 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Activision Blizzard revealed earnings for the second quarter that ended June 30, 2015. The company reported GAAP net revenues of $1.04 billion, compared with $970 million for the second quarter of 2014. On a non-GAAP basis, the company’s net revenues were $759 million, as compared with $658 million for the second quarter of 2014.

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Blizzard launches Bonus XP weekend for 'Heroes of the Storm'

July 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday Blizzard launched a 100% XP Bonus event for its popular MOBA game Heroes of the Storm. The 100% XP extended weekend will run until 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 6 local time for each region.

The extended event is an apology of sorts from Blizzard, because the last event was cut short by one day, much to the chagrin of the game's most ardent players.

Blizzard noted shortly after that happened that it was sorry if it disappointed players:

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Blizzard: no plans to change rules on forfeits for 'Heroes of the Storm'

June 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Blizzard has no plans to cut quitters any slack. Speaking to GamesBeat at E3 today Blizzard said that it has no plans to change its policy on giving a loss to players who quit matches in its popular free-to-play MOBA, Heroes of the Storm. The policy is a pretty standard one for MOBAs (League of Legends, Dota 2): if you quite a ranked game while playing it is marked down as a loss.

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Ready at Dawn hires former Blizzard exec as its new CEO

June 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Former Blizzard Entertainment executive Paul Sams has joined game developer Ready at Dawn as its new chief executive officer. Sams, who served for a very long time as Blizzard's COO, will lead the studios' new office in Austin Texas. That office will focus on business development and publishing. Ready At Dawn co-founder and now former CEO Ru Weerasuriya has moved into the position of president and chief creative officer.

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Why 'Tychus J. Findlay' is missing his cigar in 'Heroes of the Storm'

May 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Some fans noted that the cigar-chomping StarCraft character Tychus J. Findlay was missing his trademark stogie in the recent Heroes of the Storm trailer, prompting some to ask Blizzard why it removed it from the MOBA game. As detailed in this Reddit thread, the answer is fairly straightforward and simple: ratings.

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PSA: Blizzard offers goodies to celebrate Diablo III's birthday

May 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Blizzard celebrates three years of Diablo III being online today by offering something special for both PC and console players. From May 15th-21st PC, PS4, and Xbox One players can get a "Totally Not a Cow Level" buff; while PS3 and Xbox 360 owners of the Ultimate Evil Edition of the game can take advantage of a 100 percent buff to XP and gold instead.

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Blizzard bans 100K 'World of Warcraft' accounts for using bots

May 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Blizzard has banned more than 100,000 World of Warcraft accounts for the use of bots, according to this PCGamesN report. Blizzard's latest round of World of Warcraft account bans were related to those who used automated programs ("Honorbuddy") to farm "Honor" in PVP modes.

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World of Warcraft subscriber numbers decline

May 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest subscriber numbers for World of Warcraft's show that the long running MMO is in a period of decline. The subscriber numbers were revealed as part of Activision's latest financial results.  Blizzard's MMO is still popular enough to keep the attention of 7.1 million subscribers, but those numbers are down substantially from the 10 million subscribers the game enjoyed back in November.

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'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' 30 million players strong

May 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Last night Blizzard Entertainment announced a major milestone for its popular online collectible card game, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.

The game made its public debut in late 2013 as a beta to much acclaim, followed by a full release in March of last year. Since that time the game has continually attracted new players and grown in popularity.

As of this moment - announced last night - more than 30 million players are enjoying the game worldwide on Android,  iOS, Mac and PC.

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ESPN's Colin Cowherd really, REALLY doesn't want to cover video games

April 28, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Colin Cowherd, host of The Herd on ESPN Radio, had a few less than flattering things to say about Sunday's ESPN2 coverage of Blizzard Entertainment’s Heroes of the Storm tournament.

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PSA: Buy BlizzCon tickets tonight at 7pm PDT

April 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Tonight at 7pm PDT will be your shot at purchasing tickets for Blizzard's annual BlizzCon fan gathering taking place later this year. Blizzard suggests that purchasers check out the ticket info section of the BlizzCon website or read its ticket-purchasing guide prior to trying to get those elusive tickets. Chances are many will not be lucky enough to secure tickets tonight because they will probably sell out minutes after they are available.

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Report: Gamers in Crimea lose access to Blizzard games due to U.S. sanctions

April 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Russia's invasion and annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 was considered an illegal act by the international community, and was the beginning of an ongoing testy relationship with the United States and Europe. At the time the United States, NATO, and the United Nations called the annexation an illegal act. The United States took a hands-off approach, instead putting sanctions against Russia that forced American companies to halt doing business in the Crimea.

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New 'World of Warcraft' Update lays groundwork for 'WoW Tokens'

March 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Blizzard is set to release a new update to its still-popular MMORPG World of Warcraft today that should lay the groundwork for a new way of in-game financing called WoW Tokens.

WoW Tokens allow players to "securely exchange" in-game gold and game time. The new system will be released a few weeks after this week's update, according to what Blizzard has said publicly. It will be deployed in Latin America, North America and Oceania first.

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BlizzCon 2015 Taking Place Nov. 6 - 7

March 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Blizzard announced that BlizzCon 2015 will take place Nov. 6 - 7 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. Tickets for the event, which sells out very quickly, will go on sale next month.

The first batch of tickets will go on sale at 7 pm PDT on April 15 and 10 am PDT on April 18, through Eventbrite.

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Blizzard Experimenting With 'Diablo III' Microtransactions in Select Regions

February 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In a new post on Battle.net, Blizzard reveals that it is bringing micro-transactions to Diablo III - though this feature won't be available in all regions.

Blizzard's experimentation with microtransactions for Diablo III aren't currently planned for the North American or European regions, Blizzard says, but are aimed at regions in Asia where free-to-play and in-game purchases are a very big deal.

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Blizzard 'World of Warcraft' Pet Sale Generates $1.9 Million for Red Cross

February 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Blizzard announced that sales of the World of Warcraft in-game pet Argi generated $1.9 million for charity. The digital sale of this cute little World of Warcraft pet ended on December 31. It let WoW players buy the pet for a $10 donation to the Red Cross. The money generated will be used to fight against Ebola on the African continent.

"The community embraced this cute little intergalactic nibbler, helping out a great cause in the process," Blizzard said in a Battle.net post announcing the news. "Thanks again to everyone who helped make a difference."

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Blizzard and MIT Researcher Team Up For GDC Talk On eSports

January 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Organizers of the Game Developers Conference have announced a new eSports summit at GDC 2015, looking into the importance of the genre and how best to evolve it. One of the first talks about eSports will be "Starcraft II and GameHeart: Evolving eSports Interfaces with modders," a joint effort by MIT Game Lab research scientist Philip Tan and Blizzard Entertainment developer Ryan Schutter.

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Blizzard's 'Overwatch' Having Trademark Troubles

January 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like Blizzard might have a little bit of trouble with trademarking the name "Overwatch," the team-based multiplayer first-person shooter from the makers of World of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo. According to documents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) posted on (as reported on by Polygon), another company also filed for the "Overwatch" trademark - Innovis.

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Get Double XP in 'Diablo III' For The Holidays

December 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In the spirit of the holidays, Blizzard is giving back this weekend with more than the usual amount of experience points in its popular (but always online) game Diablo III. Launched on Christmas, and running until midnight on December 29, anyone who plays logs into and plays Diablo III will get two times the normal experience.

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Blizzard Considering In-Game Gold Trading for Game Time in 'World of Warcraft'

December 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a lengthy Battle.net post on some of its World of Warcraft plans for 2015, Blizzard Entertainment suggested that it might allow WOW subscribers to exchange in-game currency for real-world currency.

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Activision Blizzard Settles With Shareholders Over Vivendi Stock Repurchase Plan

November 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Activision Blizzard has settled its lawsuit filed by shareholders after the company bought back a controlling interest in the former majority stakeholder Vivendi in 2013.

In a press release announcing the settlement, which still requires the approval of the Delaware court where the class action lawsuit was filed, the board of directors said the following:

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Blizzard: 'Diablo III' Cross-Platform Play Not Possible

November 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

I am not sure who the group of gamers are that imagined cross play between Sony and Xbox consoles was even a remote possibility, but Blizzard shattered that lofty dream over the weekend at its annual BlizzCon event.

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PSA: Beta Sign-Ups for Blizzard's 'Overwatch' Now Open

November 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

After announcing its new team-based first-person shooter Overwatch, Blizzard has opened up registration for the beta it announced at BlizzCon today. You can sign up for that here. The beta will take place sometime in 2015.

Overwatch is reportedly based on its cancelled game codenamed "Titan" and is being helmed by World of Warcraft game director Jeff Kaplan. It is the first original IP announced by Blizzard in 17 years.

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Mike Morhaime Encourages BlizzCon Attendees to Take A Stand Against Harassment

November 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Update #2: In the opening ceremony, Morhaime does not say "GamerGate." At around the 5:52 mark in the opening ceremony video he says "there's been a small group of people doing really awful things." The WOW Insider liveblog could be referring to something said in an interview with Morhaime after on the DirecTV stage, which we currently don't have access to.

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PSA: Watch BlizzCon 2014 Live Streams

November 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

BlizzCon 2014 officially opens on Saturday, November 7, but if you weren't lucky enough to get tickets or afford to pay for a virtual ticket, Blizzard has you covered. You can at least watch the opening ceremony - which kicks off today at 11 am PT, and the tournaments happening during both days of the show through the Blizzard BlizzCon Live Stream.

The BlizzCon live stream can be found at www.blizzcon.com/live-stream.

You can also check out our BlizzCon Tournaments pages to find Blizzard's partners covering the eSports action:

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'World of Warcraft' Documentary Premiering at BlizzCon

November 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Blizzard Entertainment has launched a teaser trailer for the World of Warcraft, "World of Warcraft: Looking for Group." The movie celebrates the ten year anniversary of the popular MMO with interviews with key Blizzard designers and executives, and also commentary from some of the game's millions upon millions of fans.

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Activision Blizzard Reports Record Third-Quarter Results

November 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Activision Blizzard reported record third-quarter earnings, with year-over-year increases in revenues and income based on sales of its hit franchise Destiny and continued growth with World of Warcraft and Hearthstone. On a GAAP basis, the company reported sales of $753 million, way up from the $691 million from the same periods a year ago. On a non-GAAP basis, the company reported net revenues of $1.17 billion, way up from $657 million in the same period a year ago.

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'Hearthstone' and 'World of Warcraft' Bot Maker Halts Operations

November 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week Blizzard announced its intention to start banning bot users in its popular collectible card battle game, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Thousands of account were banned for using bots, but it also had an effect on one bot maker - Crawlerbots. The company's Hearthstone and World of Warcraft programs are no longer available for purchase, and its website now consists of one simple and short statement.

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Blizzard Bans 'Several Thousand' Hearthstone Players

October 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Blizzard announced that it has banned "several thousand" Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft players who allegedly used bots to cheat in the popular collectible card game. Blizzard says that a number of players have been using illicit 'bot' software to play the game endlessly in the background, allowing them to hit the daily gold cap and in turn make it easier to level up with minimal effort. It took the company until this week to deal with the issue of cheating.

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Multiplayer Network Innovations Files 26 Patent Infringement Lawsuits Between August and October

October 16, 2014 - James Fudge

Multiplayer Network Innovations, LLC has added Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts, Tecmo Koei Games Co., Ltd., Iron Galaxy Studios, LLC, Tencent Holdings Limited, and Tencent America to its growing list of court room combatants in multiple lawsuits claiming that these companies violate an abstract patent for "Interactive Multiple Player Game System and Method of Playing a Game Between at Least Two Players," or "MNI."

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james_fudgeNot I, said the fly.08/04/2015 - 4:31pm
Big PermAnyone use an Intel 750?08/04/2015 - 3:40pm
E. Zachary KnightSome great comments about gender diversity in game development from GDC Europe. http://gamasutra.com/view/news/250417/Women_in_the_game_industry_share_stories_of_improving_diversity.php08/04/2015 - 3:11pm
Sora-Chan@EZK: It's kind sad that kind of thing still occurs to this day (and for good reasons...)08/04/2015 - 2:33pm
E. Zachary KnightA woman author shares her experience submitting her manuscript to publishing agents under a man's name. http://jezebel.com/homme-de-plume-what-i-learned-sending-my-novel-out-und-172063762708/04/2015 - 1:21pm
james_fudgeme either. They are rolling it out in phases.08/04/2015 - 12:41pm
Big PermI haven't got my notification yet, even though I reserved it the day the pop up came.08/04/2015 - 12:27pm
james_fudgeThanks Matthew. I have not yet installed Windows 10, but the complaints about it have been minimal.08/04/2015 - 12:19pm
benohawkhttp://goo.gl/6yZ7EO suggests you can kill it all, but I haven't tested it on my system as of yet. And I wouldn't recommend digging in the registry or playing around withdisabling services for most users08/04/2015 - 12:18pm
Matthew Wilsonyes you can turn it off08/04/2015 - 12:15pm
james_fudgeCan you completely disable it though? I think you can minimize what it collects.08/04/2015 - 12:06pm
benohawkThe Win 10 data collection sounds scary, but I think it would be just too much data to be useful08/04/2015 - 11:57am
benohawkNo need to apologize Big Perm08/04/2015 - 11:55am
benohawkThe changing to 0 only being a 1 was local security policy change, not the reghack08/04/2015 - 11:49am
Big PermSorry Beno, it looks like you're right.08/04/2015 - 11:49am
Big PermFrom what I've heard (and obviously I could be wrong here), but I hear even setting it to "0" in the registry will only change to "1" or "Basic" collection. I'll try to find the article I got this from08/04/2015 - 11:40am
benohawkBig Perm, you can disable telemetry, just not through the gui. It's a matter of adding a registry key and disabling a couple services08/04/2015 - 11:34am
Big PermBlazers w/ t-shirts trigger me. This madness must be stopped08/04/2015 - 10:36am
PHX Corphttps://twitter.com/JimSterling Jim Sterling's commentary of the Xbox Gamescom event08/04/2015 - 9:34am
Big PermI'm talking about not being able to fully disable telemetry unless you have Enterprise software. It's just creepy to me08/04/2015 - 9:31am
 

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