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Major gaming studio, responsible for World of Warcraft and the Warcraft franchise, Diablo III and the Diablo franchise, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch.

Overwatch’s latest PTR build brings an overall buff to armor and nerfs to shields

The latest PTR patch for Overwatch is bringing some pretty big changes to the tanking game. The latest patch notes outline some...
I want a milky way.

WoW Factor: A brief history of flight (in World of Warcraft)

Flight has been a part of World of Warcraft as long as the game has existed. No, not just flying mounts, even though you...
I believe we have a spaceship.

The Alliance has a fully staffed and functional spaceship in World of Warcraft and never uses it

Who doesn't like a nice big spaceship? The Alliance in World of Warcraft, apparently. A recent article on Polygon points out that in Battle for...

Massively Overthinking: Do MMO betas rob you of launch joy?

I use to think of betas as being unpaid labor for video game companies, but maybe I've been going about it all wrong.

World of Warcraft and WoW Classic hit by another round of DDoS attacks

If you're having a hard time logging on to World of Warcraft -- either version -- today, you are not alone. Blizzard reported...
Well well well, how the turntable.

Tencent made bank in Q3 2019 thanks to mobile – not PC – games

While companies like Blizzard are seeing severe revenue drops this quarter and other MMO companies are trudging along, Tencent is having a rather...
Oh my.

J. Allen Brack says the Blitzchung incident ‘exposed some immaturity’ in Blizzard

It's a bit long in the tooth now with BlizzCon well behind us, but the Esports Observer published an interview with Blizzard's J....

Vague Patch Notes: MMO grind is good (except when it isn’t)

Some of my fondest memories of World of Warcraft involve Adam Sandler and the Badlands. My wife and I had a pretty steady tradition made...

NCsoft Q3 2019: Another flat financial quarter as NCsoft pumps money into NCWest

Given the strange financial quarters that Blizzard, Funcom, Square-Enix, and Nexon had, you're surely wondering how NCsoft fared. And the answer...

Blizzard says it’s listening to Diablo 4 feedback on items and stats

If you're grumpy about the way Diablo IV's items and stat system was shaping up, you're apparently not alone - and there are...

First impressions: Overwatch on the Switch is mostly just Overwatch Mobile

Before Blizzard's bit of October unpleasantness, I was genuinely excited for the Switch release of Overwatch, though somewhat confused since it's clearly...
My eyes still glow fine.

World of Warcraft’s latest test server build sparks player anxiety over glowing eyes

The next World of Warcraft patch is in the middle of testing, which has already resulted in some negative player feedback on certain systems....

Hearthstone’s eight-player Battlegrounds mode enters open beta

If you're keen on a little something new in your games of Hearthstone -- say, a mode that doesn't have any cards in...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 246: When rock bands play MMORPGs

Justin and Bree discuss Blizzard and Square's financials, WoW, LOTRO, Pearl Abyss, EverQuest II, AQ3D, with adventures in LOTRO, WoW, and SWG, and mailbag topics on optional subs and Blizzard's lessons.
We remember, to our detriment.

World of Warcraft: Classic has all servers down to one layer now

If you're still salty over the addition of layering to World of Warcraft: Classic, you have picked an odd hill to die upon. But...
Healing girl.

New Overwatch short story details what brought Mercy back into the field

The original Overwatch still has a bunch of heroes who never got a whole lot of further exploration, such as the almost ubiquitous healer...

Diablo IV opens the Dark Gallery to showcase dark locales of the dark ARPG

Dare you stare into the heart of darkness that is Diablo IV's Dark Gallery? Beware, reader. You can't just look at these...
Hold your breath and count to ten, fall apart, start again.

Not So Massively: Overwatch 2 is what Overwatch should have been from the start

Much to my own surprise, the announcement that most excited me at BlizzCon this year was not from any of the franchises I...

Diablo IV lead developer confirms cosmetic microtransactions will be in the game

So, just how will Blizzard make sweet, sweet money off of Diablo IV? Expansions, surely. A cash shop, apparently. And that cash shop...

The Daily Grind: Should World of Warcraft switch to annual expansions?

During last week's Activision-Blizzard investor call, Blizzard executives dodged hard on one analyst's question about WoW Classic retention - no great surprise...

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