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  • Diablo IV Vessel of Hatred expansion logo.

    Diablo IV's first expansion will introduce a brand-new class in late 2024

    by 
    Kris Holt
    Kris Holt
    11.03.2023

    Blizzard has announced the first Diablo IV expansion. Vessel of Hatred will arrive in late 2024 and introduce a new class while revealing the fate of the villain Mephisto.

  • Overwatch 2 hero Mauga fires chainguns as other characters are trapped by transparent chains.

    You can try new Overwatch 2 hero Mauga this weekend

    by 
    Kris Holt
    Kris Holt
    11.03.2023

    Blizzard revealed the next Overwatch 2 hero, Mauga, at BlizzCon. The new tanks is playable this weekend before his official arrival in December.

  • ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 01: A general view of the atmosphere at BlizzCon 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA on Nov. 1, 2019.  (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Blizzard Entertainment)

    BlizzCon returns as an in-person event later this year

    by 
    Kris Holt
    Kris Holt
    05.17.2023

    This November, Blizzard will host an in-person BlizzCon for the first time since 2019.

  • Hundreds of computer gamers play the game "World Of Warcraft" during the first day of BlizzCon 2008 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California October 10, 2008. Started in 2005, the annual BlizzCon convention is a gathering of some 20,000 computer game players who play "World of Warcraft" made by Blizzard Entertainment.  REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES)

    Blizzard cancels BlizzConline 2022 amid sexual harassment scandal

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    Igor Bonifacic
    Igor Bonifacic
    10.26.2021

    Without directly referencing the sexual harassment scandal that has rocked the studio in recent months, Blizzard notes it plans to take time to “reimagine” BlizzCon.

  • ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 01: Angela Sarafyan plays World of Warcraft: Shadowlands at BlizzCon 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA on Nov. 1, 2019.  (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Blizzard Entertainment)

    Blizzard has canceled BlizzCon 2021

    by 
    Igor Bonifacic
    Igor Bonifacic
    05.26.2021

    Blizzard said on Wednesday the ongoing realities of the coronavirus pandemic make it too difficult to pull off the type of convention fans have come to expect from the studio.

  • Encore Drive-In Nights Screen Metallica Concert

    Twitch dubbed Metallica's BlizzCon performance to avoid a copyright claim

    by 
    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    02.20.2021

    Twitch dubbed over Metallica's BlizzCon 2021 performance to avoid a copyright claim — to hilarious (and sad) effect.

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    Blizzard's virtual BlizzCon will be free to watch

    by 
    Kris Holt
    Kris Holt
    11.03.2020

    Last year's all-access virtual ticket cost $50.

  • Blizzcon will be held online on February 19-20, 2021

    BlizzCon will return as an online-only event in February 2021

    by 
    Steve Dent
    Steve Dent
    09.22.2020

    After cancelling this year’s BlizzCon convention due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Blizzard has announced that it will hold a replacement show online. BlizzConline (yep) will be held on February 19th-20th, 2021 with all the latest news around its popular franchises including World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo, Hearthstone and Starcraft.

  • ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 3:  SpeCial competes with Elazer during the StarCraft World Championship at BlizzCon 2017 at Anaheim Convention Center on November 3, 2017 in Anaheim, California. BlizzCon is the site of the Overwatch World Cup 2017 eSports tournament. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

    Blizzard has canceled this year's BlizzCon

    by 
    Kris Holt
    Kris Holt
    05.26.2020

    A digital replacement for Blizzcon may not happen until early 2021.

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    'Starcraft II' finals will skip BlizzCon in favor of new ESL Pro Tour

    by 
    Rachel England
    Rachel England
    01.07.2020

    Starcraft II matches at BlizzCon are no more. Thanks to a new three-year partnership between ESL, DreamHack and Blizzard, we'll now be getting brand new ESL Pro Tour formats for both Starcraft II and Warcraft III: Reforged, and it'll come with a hefty prize pool of over $4.6 million.

  • Blizzard Entertainment

    Blizzard unveils 'Overwatch 2' at BlizzCon

    by 
    Kris Holt
    Kris Holt
    11.01.2019

    Following a leak about the game earlier this week, Blizzard officially revealed Overwatch 2 at BlizzCon, including an early look at gameplay. You can expect four-player story missions (a permanent version of the current event missions) and hero missions that take place in familiar and new locales as Blizzard expands the franchise's lore. Until now, much of the storytelling has played out in cinematic videos and comics. The story missions include an item system that allow you to pick up and deploy gear like healing packs, grenades and shields.

  • Blizzard Entertainment

    Blizzard confirms 'Diablo IV' with a gothic, gruesome trailer

    by 
    Kris Holt
    Kris Holt
    11.01.2019

    After leaks suggested as such, Blizzard officially announced Diablo IV at BlizzCon. It started the event's opening ceremony with an impressively gruesome cinematic trailer that gives a sense of the action RPG's vibe.

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    'Overwatch 2' may debut at BlizzCon with a greater focus on story

    by 
    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    10.27.2019

    Diablo IV isn't the only high-profile game rumored to debut at BlizzCon. ESPN claims to have a training document revealing plans to introduce Overwatch 2 at the event, which starts November 1st. The description suggests it may be more of a refinement than an overhaul, but there could be significant changes. Reportedly, it'll have a stronger focus on "story and narrative elements," including a four-player experience set in Lucio's home turf of Rio de Janeiro. You might not have to rely quite so heavily on character origin videos to get a feel for Overwatch's universe.

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    Blizzard may reveal 'Diablo IV' at Blizzcon

    by 
    Kris Holt
    Kris Holt
    10.21.2019

    Blizzard is in desperate need of a major pick-me-up after a torrid few weeks, and might have an ace up its sleeve for Blizzcon, which takes place in less than two weeks. An ad for a Diablo artbook suggests that Diablo IV exists, and Blizzard might very well unveil it at the convention.

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    'Warcraft III: Reforged' modernizes another real-time strategy hit

    by 
    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    11.03.2018

    Blizzard isn't about to stop its trip down memory lane with a remaster of the original StarCraft. The studio has unveiled Warcraft III: Reforged, a top-to-bottom refresh of the landmark real-time strategy title and its Frozen Throne add-on. As Blizzard is updating a 3D game this time around, there's a lot of room for improvement: the company has redone all the characters and environments in much greater detail, complete with reworked in-game cutscenes. You'll also find a modernized interface (including an updated World Editor), up-to-date multiplayer match creation and "hundreds" of gameplay tweaks.

  • Blizzard

    'Diablo Immortal' brings Blizzard's action RPG to iOS and Android

    by 
    Kris Holt
    Kris Holt
    11.02.2018

    On the same day it released Diablo III on Nintendo Switch, Blizzard announced it's bringing the Diablo franchise to even more platforms. The studio revealed at Blizzcon that Diablo Immortal, which is coming to iOS and Android, will be the first mobile game in the series.

  • Blizzard

    ‘World of Warcraft Classic’ demo has a one-hour time limit

    by 
    Saqib Shah
    Saqib Shah
    11.02.2018

    With BlizzCon 2018 kicking off today, attendees and virtual ticket holders will finally get to try out World of Warcraft Classic, a full year after it was first announced. For the uninitiated, that's the massively multiplayer online game in its original form before the expansions altered everything. As part of the launch, Blizzard is laying down some ground rules for those playing at home to cope with high demand, including a 60 minute playtime limit and 90 minute "cooldown" period.

  • Blizzard

    Blizzcon 2018 Virtual Ticket includes 'WoW Classic' demo

    by 
    Saqib Shah
    Saqib Shah
    09.27.2018

    The Blizzcon 2018 Virtual Ticket is the gift that keeps on giving. Aside from video streams, skins, and in-game loot, Blizzard says the $50 digital entry fee will also grant you access to the World of Warcraft: Classic demo -- that's the base game as it was before the expansions ruined it for purists. The demo will be showcased on the Blizzcon floor on November 2nd and you'll get to play at the same time as attendees (on or around 1PM PT, 4PM Eastern). It will then be available until 10am PT (1PM Eastern) on November 8th, meaning those going to the event can jump on again when they get home.

  • Blizzard

    'WoW' add-on 'Battle for Azeroth' brings the series back to basics

    by 
    Rob LeFebvre
    Rob LeFebvre
    11.03.2017

    Harkening back to the original Alliance vs Horde conflict that started it all, World of Warcraft's upcoming seventh expansion, "Battle for Azeroth," is set to bring new zones, races, armor and a massive 20-player cooperative battlefront to the venerable MMO title. While Blizzard has not given a date to experience all the new stuff, including a higher level cap and new dungeons and raids, you can opt in to the beta test on your profile page.

  • Blizzard

    The Overwatch World Cup is back for 2017

    by 
    Richard Lawler
    Richard Lawler
    03.31.2017

    The Overwatch World Cup is back for its second go-round, this time inviting players from more countries, featuring more games and promising even more live events. The world of eSports has continued to expand since the inaugural event last fall, and that's why things are kicking off now to get ready for a showdown at BlizzCon 2017. Right now, skilled players (the top 100 in each country) need to make sure they represent well enough on average that their country is in the top 32 by the time phase two starts in 25 days.