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Bulletin Board / Destiny 2 Coming to Battle.net!
« Last post by BlizzBot on May 18, 2017, 04:00:31 PM »

Destiny 2 Coming to Battle.net!



We want to let everyone know that a new game will be appearing alongside your favorite Blizzard games—one that’s a little different from what you might normally expect. Bungie’s upcoming first-person action game Destiny 2 will be joining the party!  We’re excited to announce that we're partnering with Bungie and Activision to support the PC version of Destiny 2 exclusively via Battle.net.  


We’re big fans of Destiny here at Blizzard, and we’re honored to be able to help the talented folks at Bungie and Activision bring their much-anticipated sequel to a new platform. Being on Battle.net will allow Destiny 2 to plug in to our existing global network, freeing up the developers at Bungie to focus their energy and resources on making the best and most fun game they possibly can. This also means Destiny 2 players will have access to our online social functionality, including chat with friends, the ability to see which of their friends are online in Destiny 2 or in Blizzard games, and the ability to stream gameplay directly to Facebook.


See the FAQ below for further platform details, and stay tuned for updates as we get closer to welcoming Destiny 2 and its players to Battle.net. To learn more about Destiny 2, head over to www.destinythegame.com.




Why are you adding a non-Blizzard game to Blizzard's platform?


We loved Destiny and think Destiny 2 is going to be a great game. Blizzard has an established and successful global internet infrastructure we’ve used for years to support our own games. Creating a new network client for Destiny 2, which is bringing the franchise to PC for the first time, would needlessly extend the development period for the game. We want to get our hands on Destiny 2 as soon as possible like everybody else, so we offered to share our PC platform with our sister companies for this release.



Does this mean other games are going to come to the Blizzard platform too?


Our focus in terms of supporting non-Blizzard games is solely around Destiny 2. Aside from potentially evaluating needs or opportunities for future Activision games, we don’t have any short- or long-term plans to support third-party games with Battle.net. It’s important to us to maintain our quality standards for any experience or service we’re putting in front of our players, which represents a big investment of time and effort on our part, so this is not something we’re jumping into lightly.



Does this mean I'll be able to use my Blizzard Balance to purchase Destiny 2?  


Yes!



Will Destiny 2 offer the same cross-game social features that Blizzard titles currently have?


Destiny 2 will be integrated into many of Blizzard’s existing social features—you’ll be able to chat with friends playing Destiny 2 the same way you already can for Blizzard games. Players will also be able to add friends and form parties the same way Blizzard gamers can. And, you’ll see a Destiny 2 status icon by your friends who are playing Destiny 2 the same way you do for friends playing StarCraft II, Diablo III, WoW, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, and Overwatch.



Where and when will Destiny 2 on PC be available?


We’re excited to work with Bungie to bring the PC version of Destiny 2 to every region Blizzard currently operates in. Bungie is actively working through the global details. We look forward to sharing additional information later this year.



Who will be operating Destiny 2’s servers?


Bungie will maintain Destiny 2’s servers; Blizzard’s servers will be used for features related to the Blizzard platform, such as login and social functionality.



And what about customer service?


Destiny 2’s gameplay customer service will be handled by Bungie; Blizzard will handle customer service for platform and shop issues specific to our service.



Unless otherwise explicitly stated, all information, including forward-looking information, is current as of May 18, 2017 only. Blizzard and Activision Blizzard undertake no duty to update or revise any forward-looking information contained herein. For more detailed information, please refer to Activision Blizzard’s reports and filings with the SEC.


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Bulletin Board / Blizzard Forms New Division
« Last post by BlizzBot on May 09, 2017, 07:05:20 PM »

Blizzard Forms New Division



Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. has formed a dedicated division within the company that will handle management, operation, sales, and distribution for Overwatch® esports programs, including the Overwatch League and Overwatch World Cup. In addition to bringing together some of the most talented people from across the entire organization, this effort includes the full integration of Major League Gaming, acquired in 2015, into Blizzard and also leverages some of the best and brightest from traditional sports, esports, and entertainment.



The new division, which will retain the MLG name, will build on Blizzard's nearly 20-year history as a leader in esports and leverage MLG's extensive experience with live events and content distribution. It will also operate the MLG-branded media network, which will broadcast both Blizzard and Activision esports content as well as other premium gaming programming.



In addition, the associated teams and technologies will serve as the operational foundation, partnership hub, and media-production network for the Overwatch League as well as Activision’s Call of Duty® World League. This includes league management; team, media, advertising, and sponsorship sales; content development; and event production.



Blizzard’s separate esports team will continue to directly manage and operate the global esports programs for Heroes of the Storm®, Hearthstone®, StarCraft®, and World of Warcraft®, but will begin leveraging the new division’s capabilities for media production, sales, and distribution.



With these initiatives underway, Blizzard currently has multiple open esports positions, with more on the way. Apply now at jobs.blizzard.com, and stay tuned there for more esports openings in the weeks ahead.


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Bulletin Board / UT Arlington Goes Flawless to Win Heroes of the Dorm
« Last post by BlizzBot on April 10, 2017, 08:13:43 PM »

UT Arlington Goes Flawless to Win Heroes of the Dorm



After coming up just short last year, the team from the University of Texas at Arlington bounced back in 2017, going an unprecedented 29-0 in all games to win Heroes of the Dorm in convincing fashion. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas played host to an epic event that brought out the best in collegiate esports and rewarded the UT Arlington team with free tuition for the rest of their college careers. See the press release for more details.


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Bulletin Board / Azeroth’s Finest Explorers Embark on Journey to Un’Goro™
« Last post by BlizzBot on April 06, 2017, 01:39:04 PM »

Azeroth’s Finest Explorers Embark on Journey to Un’Goro™



Adventurers from across Azeroth today embarked on their boldest expedition yet—the latest Hearthstone® expansion, Journey to Un’Goro™, is now live! As you venture through this prehistoric crater, you’ll encounter ancient elementals, frightening flora, and ferocious dinosaurs that can adapt to any threat—all as you search for 135 new cards, including the new legendary Quest cards. Peruse the press release and make your way to www.ungoro.com for further details.


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Bulletin Board / Mischief Raises Over $2.5 Million for Make-A-Wish®
« Last post by BlizzBot on February 08, 2017, 02:07:11 PM »

Mischief Raises Over $2.5 Million for Make-A-Wish®



Thanks to the generosity of World of Warcraft players across the planet, we've raised more than $2.5 million to benefit Make-A-Wish® through December’s Mischief pet adoption fundraiser! See today’s blog post to learn more.


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Bulletin Board / Blizzard Entertainment Establishes Book-Publishing Label
« Last post by BlizzBot on December 08, 2016, 01:06:49 PM »

Blizzard Entertainment Establishes Book-Publishing Label



Those seeking rare tomes and new experiences alike are in luck—Blizzard today announced the creation of Blizzard Publishing, a book-publishing label dedicated to developing and releasing new titles, such as the World of Warcraft Adult Coloring Book, in a variety of formats, as well as reissuing out-of-print titles from the company’s backlog of award-winning books.


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Bulletin Board / Watch Yer Back—Mean Streets of Gadgetzan Now Live!
« Last post by BlizzBot on December 01, 2016, 01:22:28 PM »

Watch Yer Back—Mean Streets of Gadgetzan Now Live!



Calling all smugglers, assassins, and ne’er-do-wells—Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, the newest Hearthstone® expansion, is now live! Starting today, players around the world can call upon the city’s three main crime families for backup as they work to earn a lavish cache of 132 new cards, including the game-changing new “tri-class” cards. To learn more, read the press release and visit playhearthstone.com.



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Bulletin Board / Opportunity Awaits in the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan™
« Last post by BlizzBot on November 04, 2016, 07:25:09 PM »

Opportunity Awaits in the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan™



Get ready to get your hands dirty in the fourth Hearthstone® expansion, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan. The back alleys of Azeroth's biggest trade city are full of unsavory characters, and they're about to become your best friends as you befriend the local crime families to earn their trust—as well as a lavish cache of contraband in the form of 132 new cards. Read the press release for more information.



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Bulletin Board / 2016 Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest
« Last post by BlizzBot on October 17, 2016, 04:00:40 PM »

2016 Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest



The Halloween season has finally arrived, and we’re ready to cut straight to the heart of the holiday. If you're dying to pick up a knife and hack, gash, slash, and jab at something, then you might be excited to hear that as of October 17, Blizzard's 2016 Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest has officially begun! Unleash your magical axes, psi blades, chitinous claws, and other creative cutlery to carve up Blizzard-themed jack-o''-lanterns of epic awesomeness. If you're unclear as to what epic awesomeness looks like in the flesh, you can check out previous pumpkins for some inspiration..


We’ll choose five of the grandest Cucurbita to each receive $60.00 Battle.net® Balance. Don’t delay; start carving right away! The fourteenth annual pumpkin carving contest ends on October 27, so be sure to check out the contest page for rules and eligibility and get straight to slicing.


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Bulletin Board / Azeroth Burns With Excitement for Legion!
« Last post by BlizzBot on September 08, 2016, 10:14:58 AM »

Azeroth Burns With Excitement for Legion!



Though Gul’dan and the Burning Legion seek the complete destruction of Azeroth, there is hope yet! Heroes of the Horde and the Alliance have amassed a truly fearsome army of their own—as of Legion’s first full day of launch, more than 3.3 million copies had sold-through, and World of Warcraft’s launch-week player concurrency reached its highest point since 2010’s Cataclysm. See the press release for more info.



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