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Blizzard’s sometimes-annual convention in Anaheim. Official site: BlizzCon

Global Chat: EverQuest II’s 15 years of being in WoW’s shadow

For just a few short weeks of its now 15-year lifespan, EverQuest II existed apart from a launched World of Warcraft. Then late November...
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....

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...
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...

Overwatch’s Jeff Kaplan thinks Blizzard’s Blitzchung punishment was too harsh

Last week, it was players, game industry leaders, and congress against Blizzard in the matter of Hearthstone player Blitzchung's sentencing over pro-Hong Kong...
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Overwatch’s ‘stagnation’ is the direct result of Blizzard working on Overwatch 2

If it's seemed to you like Overwatch just hasn't gotten as many fun seasonal events or unusual updates for a while, that's because it's...

Massively Overthinking: The best and worst of BlizzCon 2019

BlizzCon 2019 is behind us, finally, and we're winding down our coverage and trying to put a capstone on the experience. In this...

Activision-Blizzard’s Q3 2019 revenues sink for the third quarter in a row

Activision-Blizzard has not had the best year. In February, the company saw record-high revenues and promptly laid off 800 employees, leading to widespread...
Oh my.

Vague Patch Notes: Ethics, PR stunts, and the BlizzCon apology

Are you all really tired of talking about ethics and Blizzard in the same sentence? I am too, but a large part of that...

BlizzCon protesters remain unmoved by Blizzard apology as industry groups propose unified esports principles

If anyone was curious, no, many of the folks who protested BlizzCon live and in the flesh were not swayed by Blizzard President...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 245: BlizzContrite

Justin and Bree discuss BlizzCon 2019, Blizzard's apology, WoW Shadowlands, Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, Ship of Heroes, Camelot Unchained, and Final Fantasy XIV, with a mailbag question on MMO housing preferences.
Collaborate and listen.

Overwatch 2’s Jeff Kaplan opines about the demoralizing effect leaks have on a development team

All of your leaks around Overwatch 2 made Jeff Kaplan very sad. You probably already know that, since he made a point out...

Not So Massively: Diablo IV is going in all the wrong directions

I remain torn on whether to forgive Blizzard for its "Hong Kong liberation" fiasco. J. Allen Brack has already contradicted his...

Even some Hearthstone devs thought Blizzard overreacted in the Hearthstone fiasco

I'm willing to bet most people here had never heard of Blitzchung until a month ago when Blizzard and its compilation of allied companies...
We all float down here.

The Daily Grind: Are you bummed about the faction divide in WoW Shadowlands?

During the World of Warcraft Q&A panel this past weekend, Blizzard confirmed that it's not planning on dropping any walls between the factions...

BlizzCon 2019: WarCraft 3 Reforged previews visual updates, gameplay features, and map tools

With all of the things whirring around BlizzCon this year, perhaps some games got lost in the shuffle, like WarCraft 3 Reforged. Just in...
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BlizzCon 2019: Jeff Kaplan hopes Overwatch 2 will change how game sequels work

If you're thinking of Overwatch 2 as basically DLC with new PvE modes and some tweaked character models, that's understandable; while the sequel has...

Fight or Kite: PvP games to play if you’re still boycotting Blizzard

The past couple of weeks in the land of Blizzard have made for a wild ride. Some of us have extremely strong feelings and...

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