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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.

Blizzard offers piles of Hearthstone and World of Warcraft loot to boost subs

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If you were among the gamers who thought it was a little thirsty of Blizzard to finally be dishing out long-wanted changes in World...

Hearthstone adds 37 minions with today’s Battlegrounds update

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If you're still giving Hearthstone your time and eyeballs these days, today's update is one you'll want to pay attention to, as Blizzard is...

WoW Classic’s upcoming LFG tool boasts a big improvement

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While the modern version of World of Warcraft's looking for group tool really got going in the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, many...

Not So Massively: Diablo II Resurrected is a lot of old school jank in a pretty wrapper

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I admit I debated whether I should write this column at all: After all that's happened lately, giving coverage to Blizzard games doesn't feel...
I suppose it's cheaper than actually hiring someone to design these spaces?

The Game Archaeologist: Jeff Butler on EverQuest, EverQuest Next, and Vanguard

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As an MMO historian, I have to applaud the work of former SOE developer Shawn Lord in his huge interview series with the people...
This has not gone according to plan

World of Warcraft patch 9.1.5 removes conduit energy and finally makes covenants freely swappable

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We have previously noted that the overall design philosophy for World of Warcraft patch 9.1.5 appears to be focused on things that players have been...

GDC 2021: War stories from World of Warcraft

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Just before the news about the state litigation against Activision-Blizzard broke last month, Senior Software Engineer Joseph Cochron and Principal Software Engineer Kurtis McCathern...

Overwatch’s McCree isn’t the only Blizzard character getting a rename

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Yesterday, we reported on Blizzard's announcement that it'll be changing the name of Overwatch's character McCree, who was named after Jesse McCree, one of...

Massively Overthinking: The worst chat in the MMORPG genre

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The first rule of MMORPGs is turn off global chat. Think about that for a sec. This is a genre that is expressly multiplayer...

Blizzard is changing the name of Overwatch’s character McCree

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Over the course of the last month of the Activision-Blizzard sexual harassment and discrimination scandal, players have wondered aloud whether Blizzard would do anything...
Just barely avoided this fate.

Perfect Ten: 10 MMOs that waved goodbye without ever making it to launch

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If you've somehow missed this fact, then I hate to be the one to inform you of it, but it's time you learned: MMOs...

California lawsuit now alleges Activision-Blizzard HR literally ‘shredded’ evidence

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So who had "Activision-Blizzard gets caught shredding possible evidence in an ongoing lawsuit" on the ol' Blizzard scandal bingo card? Yes, we're back to coverage...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 336: Bards and battleships

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Justin and Bree discuss World of Warships, Roblox, World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2, Elyon, and Neverwinter, with adventures in LOTRO, FFXIV, GW2, and SWG Legends, plus mailbag topics on repurposing nostalgia and transplanting MMO systems.
lol so randum

World of Warcraft will add solo island expeditions in patch 9.1.5

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While it doesn't actually have a title, it seems that World of Warcraft patch 9.1.5 could be unofficially titled "Here's That Stuff You Wanted,...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO is the most fun when you’re losing?

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The other day my guildies were chatting about their favorite shooters, and one of them pointed out that he'd rather play a quick pick-up...

Complete coverage of Blizzard’s sexual discrimination and harassment scandal

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In the summer of 2021, Activision-Blizzard made headlines when the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a civil rights and equal pay...

LOTRO Legendarium: Why Lord of the Rings Online is worth playing in 2021

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It has come to my attention that there are more MMO nomads than normal this summer who are casting about for a new game...

The Daily Grind: List your favorite expansion to every MMO you’ve played

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Lists -- we're doing one today. And it has the potential to be a really fun one! The challenge is fairly simple: Make a list...
Sometimes it just makes sense.

World of Warcraft reverses course on player customization and promises more

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Back in February, Blizzard reversed its stance on player customization options for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. Originally, players had been told that further customization...
Whoops.

Massively OP Podcast Episode 335: Farewell Astellia

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Justin and Bree discuss Astellia Online, Guild Wars 2, Blizzard, and No Man's Sly, with adventures in LOTRO and FFXIV, plus mailbag topics on Diablo's sudden spotlight and the fate of the Blizzard name.

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