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Blizzard absorbs acclaimed Activision studio as a dedicated “support” team [Updated]

Blizzard absorbs acclaimed Activision studio as a dedicated “support” team [Updated]

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Blizzard Entertainment The corporate behemoth organism that is Blizzard Entertainment, which exists in a symbiotic state next to megaton game publisher Activision, became bigger on Friday with a surprise announcement: It has absorbed a game studio within the Activision family, effective immediately. Vicarious Visions, a longtime game studio that was acquired by Activision in 2005,…
War Stories: How Diablo was almost a turn-based strategy game

War Stories: How Diablo was almost a turn-based strategy game

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Produced by Justin Wolfson, edited by Jeremy Smolik. Click here for transcript. The year 1997 means a lot of things to me—it's not only the year I met my wife, but it's also the year wherein I sacrificed hundreds of evenings and nights to Diablo, the newly released grandpappy of loot lottery games. No game…
WarCraft III Reforged: Not the flavor of chaos we were hoping for

WarCraft III Reforged: Not the flavor of chaos we were hoping...

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Enlarge / You can practically hear the opening film's orc screaming, "You should seriously reconsider spending $30, you human sacks of filth!"Blizzard Entertainment The more I look at this week's launch of WarCraft III: Reforged, the more I shake my head. I've grown up playing Blizzard games for a majority of my life, and while…
Warcraft III: Reforged will release on January 28, not in 2019

Warcraft III: Reforged will release on January 28, not in 2019

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Screenshots from the newest Warcraft game. This week, game developer and publisher Blizzard Entertainment emailed customers who had pre-ordered its upcoming 4K remaster of strategy classic Warcraft III announcing that the game will become playable at 3am PST on January 28, 2020. The game was previously slated for launch before the end of 2019, but players…
Diablo 4 impressions: Taking in dark environment and feel-good battle

Diablo 4 impressions: Taking in dark environment and feel-good battle

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Even in its early build, Diablo 4 looks to be an atmospheric stunner. This gallery is full of game imagery. Blizzard Blizzard Blizzard Blizzard Blizzard Blizzard Blizzard Blizzard Blizzard Blizzard Blizzard Blizzard Blizzard Blizzard Blizzard Blizzard Blizzard Blizzard Blizzard ANAHEIM, Calif.—This year's BlizzCon was a big one in many ways, but among them was the…
Legislators reveal “deep issue” over Blizzard’s Hong Kong demonstration reaction

Legislators reveal “deep issue” over Blizzard’s Hong Kong demonstration reaction

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Enlarge / Mei from Overwatch has become a grass roots symbol of the Hong Kong protests in the wake of Blizzard's decision. A bipartisan group of Senate and House lawmakers has signed a letter expressing "deep concern" over Activision Blizzard's recent decision to punish Ng "Blitzchung" Wai Chung after the pro Hearthstone player expressed support for…
Blizzard states its ‘relationships in China had no impact on our choice’ to penalize an esports professional athlete who voiced his assistance for Hong Kong protestors

Blizzard states its ‘relationships in China had no impact on our...

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Blizzard CEO J. Allen Brack has issued the company's first public statement since its decision to ban an esports competitor and withhold his prize money for making statements supporting the protests in Hong Kong at a Blizzard-sponsored event. The company has been accused of prioritizing its relationships with China rather than protecting the right to…
Blizzard renews Hong Kong protestor’s reward, states “China had no impact”

Blizzard renews Hong Kong protestor’s reward, states “China had no impact”

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After four days of mounting public pressure, Blizzard Entertainment took a late Friday opportunity—8:30pm ET, where press releases go to die—to partially undo its ban on three members of the Hearthstone esports community for making statements in support of Hong Kong. The outright ban applied to professional Hearthstone player Ng "blitzchung" Wai Chung has since been…
Some Blizzard staff members supposedly went out to oppose the penalty of a ‘Hearthstone’ rival who spoke out in assistance of the Hong Kong demonstrations (ATVI)

Some Blizzard staff members supposedly went out to oppose the penalty...

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About 30 Activision Blizzard employees staged a walkout to protest the company's punishment of a Hong Kong-based esports competitor who made a political statement during a Blizzard event in Taiwan, according to a report from The Daily Beast. Blizzard has faced harsh criticism from fans and U.S. lawmakers for its decision to ban "Hearthstone" player…
Blizzard prohibits professional Hearthstone player for declaration supporting Hong Kong

Blizzard prohibits professional Hearthstone player for declaration supporting Hong Kong

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Enlarge / Ng "Blitzchung" Wai Chung declares his support for Hong Kong while two announcers duck behind their desks. Blizzard Blizzard has stripped a Hong Kong professional Hearthstone player of his tournament prize money and banned him from tournament play for a year after he expressed support for Hong Kong during the livestream of a Hearthstone…

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