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World of Warcraft: Classic’s Battlegrounds will launch early on December 10

Blizzard Entertainment announced today on the World of Warcraft: Classic message boards that the Battlegrounds player-vs.-player mode will be coming December 10. Battlegrounds were supposed to come out in early 2020 along with the Blackwing Lair raid. However, Battlegrounds needs to come out earlier to satiate blood-thirsty players. On November 15, Blizzard released the honor […]

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Ex-Peak team at Dream Games raises $7.5 million for mobile puzzle games

Dream Games, a Turkish studio founded by five former Peak Games developers, has raised $7.5 million for mobile puzzle games. The funding for the Istanbul studio underscores the growing strength of Turkey’s game developer ecosystem. Makers Fund led the round, and other investors included Balderton Capital. The company will use the funding to help fill […]

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Arm Treasure Data: The most popular games aren’t necessarily using lots of microtransactions

More than 60% of Americans play video games, making gaming a cultural staple in American entertainment, while movie theater attendance has hit an all-time low. So Arm Treasure Data decided to do a survey of microtransactions and see what that reveals about what’s happening in games. And the company found that the most popular games […]

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Watch Age of Empires IV’s first gameplay trailer from X019

Microsoft revealed the first gameplay trailer for the epic real-time strategy game Age of Empires IV at the X019 fan event today. The development team responsible for the game also got a name: World’s Edge. Xbox veteran Shannon Loftis is heading up that studio. The gameplay trailer shows off Age of Empires IV’s medieval setting. […]

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Watch Xbox’s X019 event live from London right here

Microsoft is about to drop a shipping container full of Xbox news on your face. The company is in London for its X019 fan gathering, and it’s going to broadcast a special episode of Inside Xbox live from that event. Expect news about Xbox Game Pass, Project xCloud, first-party developers like Obsidian and Rare, and […]

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Hearthstone devs are happy to finally bring dragons to the Year of the Dragon

Hearthstone is getting ready to release its third and last expansion of the year, Descent of Dragons. And for a year that the digital card game has called the Year of the Dragons, it’s nice to see the winged beasts finally become the stars of a set for the first time since Blackrock Mountain came […]

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Epic Games’ Battle Breakers launches for PC and mobile

Epic Games has officially launched Battle Breakers today for PC and mobile. Battle Breakers is a tactical role-playing game. The title had a soft launch in select countries back in 2017. Now the free-to-play game is available for everyone. This is the first game Epic has released since launching Fortnite, the battle royale game that […]

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Overwatch celebrates Mercy with new short story and in-game skin

We don’t know when Overwatch 2 is coming, but it’ll won’t be soon. However, Overwatch fans are still getting some love from Blizzard Entertainment, including the start today of a new event celebrating the healer Mercy. Overwatch launched in 2016. The team-based shooter is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. The game […]

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Fortnite’s Chapter 2 boosted viewer hours by 31% on Twitch

Fortnite saw a significant increase in hours-watched on Twitch in October, according to data from StreamElements and SullyGnome. As developer Epic Games launched the game’s Chapter 2 content, fans on Twitch consumed 31% more hours of Fortnite than in September. That put it at the No. 2 behind League of Legends for most-watched games of […]

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World of Warcaft Classic drove subscriptions to record growth for a quarter

World of Warcraft Classic has been a big success to Activision Blizzard, with the company revealing today that the retro release has driven subscription numbers to their biggest quarterly increase in history. Classic came out on August 26. World of Warcraft players pay for the same subscription to have access to the regular game and […]

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At BlizzCon, most fans found a reason to move on from Hong Kong

Earlier in October, it seemed like this year’s BlizzCon could be a disaster. Blizzard Entertainment’s annual fan event took place on November 1 and November 2 in Anaheim, California. I went to the show and covered it, and I was curious to see if the show would divulge into one giant protest. That didn’t happen. […]

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GSN Games names former Angry Birds developer William Taht as Bingo Bash chief

GSN Games announced former Rovio executive Wilhelm Taht will be the new senior vice president and general manager for Bingo Bash, effective November 18. In his new role, Taht will be responsible for the Bingo Bash app and will have direct management of the Bingo studios in Bangalore and Kyiv. Taht will report directly to […]

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Why Klei couldn’t make Hot Lava without its dedicated community

This article is made possible by Intel’s GameDev BOOST program — dedicated to helping indie game developers everywhere achieve their dreams. Klei Entertainment takes pride in the way it works with its communities. Its grassroots approach to collecting feedback and engaging with players is a big reason why the Vancouver-based studio has been so successful […]

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Overwatch 2 brings the charm of the cinematics to the actual game

I didn’t think we needed an Overwatch 2. Now that I played it, I’m glad it exists. Blizzard announced the sequel at BlizzCon on November 1, and I got to play the multiplayer shooter that same day. I’ve spent a lot of time with the original Overwatch, a game I love for its team-based combat […]

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Diablo IV hands-on — Hello darkness, my old friend

I’m not usually a fan of grim and dark things. But seeing Diablo IV‘s gritty, bloody world in person made me feel good. Blizzard announced Diablo IV today during the opening ceremonies for BlizzCon 2019 in Anaheim, California. I played it just a bit after its reveal, getting to spend 15 minutes with the Druid […]

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BlizzCon 2019: Every trailer and announcement

Blizzard revealed a ton of news at BlizzCon 2019 today in Anaheim, California. It is making a new Diablo and Overwatch. It also has new content for Hearthstone and World of Warcraft. We’ve gathered up all of the news for you below. Blizzard president addresses Hong Kong controversy [embedded content] Blizzard boss J. Allen Brack […]

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Overwatch is getting all of Overwatch 2’s heroes and maps

Blizzard is making an Overwatch 2, but where does that leave the original game? At BlizzCon 2019 today in Anaheim, California, the publisher revealed that it wants to keep Overwatch up-to-date and fully compatible with its successor. “Sequels make us nervous,” Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan said. “So what we’re hoping to do is redefine what […]

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Overwatch 2 revealed at BlizzCon

Overwatch 2 is real. Blizzard announced the sequel today during the opening ceremonies for BlizzCon 2019 in Anaheim, California. Overwatch 2 a adds fleshed-out cooperative mode, which will have four players working together against computer-controlled opponents as they earn new skills abilities. Those on who just stick with the original Overwatch will still get access […]

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Hearthstone Battlegrounds is an eight-player, auto chess-inspired mode

Blizzard announced a new mode for Hearthstone today, Battlegrounds, during the opening ceremonies for BlizzCon 2019. Battlegrounds supports eight players per match. It is taking inspiration from auto chess, a popular, emerging genre that his its roots in MOBA games like Dota 2. An open beta for Battlegrounds starts on November 12. Hearthstone has been […]

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Hearthstone’s year-long story ends with Descent of Dragons

Blizzard announced Hearthstone‘s next expansion today during BlizzCon‘s opening ceremonies in Anaheim, California. It is Descent of Dragons. It comes out on December 10. This will be the third set of the year, and last as part of the Year of the Dragon. Hearthstone has a standard rotation, meaning that cards from older sets will […]

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BlizzCon fans will be able to battle DeepMind’s AI in StarCraft 2

Google’s DeepMind artificial intelligence program AlphaStar will battle attendees at BlizzCon 2019 in matches of the classic Blizzard real-time strategy game StarCraft 2. In the Blizzard Arcade section of the fan event in Anaheim, California, Blizzard has set up machines for fans to play the AI system. This battle is likely to be fruitless for […]

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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is the MMO’s next expansion

World of Warcraft is about to get darker … or, at rather, more shadowy. Blizzard announced the Shadowlands expansion today during its BlizzCon opening ceremonies in Anaheim, California. Ion Hazzikostas, World of Warcraft’s game director, was on stage to reveal the expansion. Blizard showed a CG cinematic to announce the game, taking us back to […]

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World of Warcraft Classic gets PvP update on November 15

World of Warcraft Classic has been a success since launching in August, and Blizzard is looking to keep that momentum going. The company announced what’s next for Classic today at BlizzCon. The player-vs.-player honor system launches on November 15. Right now, players can kill each other under certain circumstances, but you don’t get anything for […]

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