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Hearthstone applies balance adjustments to Battlegrounds, Duels, and several of its latest cards

With Hearthstone's March of the Lich King expansion now almost two months old, the devs of the online CCG have had time to take...

NetEase lays off staffers who were working on Blizzard games in China

Lest we forget, the falling out between NetEase and Blizzard has a toll greater than either company's bottom line; it also saw a human...

Microsoft claims the FTC’s antitrust lawsuit violates its fifth amendment rights

The beginning of this month saw Microsoft's big money buyout of Activision-Blizzard hit a US federal government-level snag when the FTC filed an antitrust...
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Overwatch 2 breaks down its MMR and matchmaking systems while hinting at planned updates

A competitive shooter like Overwatch 2 lives and dies by a few different grinding gears, such as those that power player MMR and matchmaking,...
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Activision-Blizzard’s president/COO leaves in March – for the Bored Apes Yacht Club crypto outfit

It appears that one of Activision-Blizzard's top brass will end his tenure by next year. According to a filing with the SEC, Activision-Blizzard president...

Blizzard addresses World of Warcraft Dragonflight bugs and raid release timing

Now that World of Warcraft: Dragonflight is out in the wild, it might be helpful for players to have a collated pile of informational...
Among all the many, many ways you are terrible.

The FTC might challenge Microsoft-Activision Blizzard acquisition

Despite what Bobby Kotick tells you on the down low, the impending $67.8B Microsoft takeover of Activision Blizzard may not be on track to...
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Why I Play: World of Warcraft, 2022 edition

Have you ever watched The Good Place? If you haven't, I suggest you stop reading right now and go watch. Your life will be...

Overwatch 2 promotes its first mythic skin while reducing legacy skin prices for former players

Dressing up your favorite Overwatch 2 character in shiny skins is likely what makes most players spend their money, and Blizzard is hoping that...
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European Union’s executive arm begins investigating the Microsoft-ActiBlizz buyout

The mega-deal for Microsoft to buy up Activision-Blizzard is once again under a major microscope. The European Commission, the executive arm of the 27-nation...
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Activision-Blizzard Q3 2022: Blizzard MAUs and revenues are up as NetEase dispute looms on the horizon

Welcome back to our trimonthly coverage of Activision-Blizzard's quarterly financials. As of this afternoon, we have Q3's results, comprising July, August, and September 2022....

Rumor: Diablo IV could release in April 2023, with pre-orders available during The Game Awards 2022

When can players expect to wander the darkity-dark of Diablo IV? Sometime in the first portion of 2023 if some rumors are to be...
Wrong dragon, right flighting.

World of Warcraft’s freebie Feldrake mount causes fan outrage as Dragonflight’s dungeons are previewed

Normally a Twitch drop item isn't something we'd call headline news, even if that drop comes from the 500-pound gorilla that is World of...

Controversial ActiBlizz exec Frances Townsend moves roles to ‘senior counsel’ to Bobby Kotick

It's always good to try to hide your corporate-level shenaniganry late on a Friday, but that's pretty much what Activision Blizzard did in announcing...

Overwatch 2 plans to combat player toxicity and secure accounts with a ‘defense matrix’

Wrath what? Blizzard doesn't have time to think about the immediate past when it has another launch coming right around the corner. Next week,...

Diablo II Resurrected’s PTR adds more Terror Zones and new sundered charms, confirms second ladder season’s launch date

The public test realm of Diablo II: Resurrected is the news hub for what's coming to the ARPG (obviously), which means that an update...

WoW Classic’s abruptly started Zombie Plague event is already over

Last Friday night, the WoW Classic servers experienced some unexpected timing for its Scourge Invasion event, with the whole affair starting off hours ahead...
Time to learn.

Wrath Classic servers unexpectedly experience the Scourge Invasion ahead of schedule

In one of those "happy accidents" that Bob Ross liked to talk about, WoW Classic's servers experienced what's described by the devs as "a...

Activision-Blizzard’s Bobby Kotick downplays regulatory scrutiny, says Microsoft deal is on track for 2023

Skepticism over Microsoft's takeover and buyout of the beleaguered Activision-Blizzard group is mounting across the industry, as multiple of news outlets have pushed stories...
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Hearthstone launches the new battlegrounds season and its wildly unpopular new monetization model

If you thought the gnashing of teeth and brandishing of pitchforks was going to be enough to dissuade Hearthstone away from its new monetization...