April 5, 2013
BlizzCon 2013 Ticket Dates Announced
“We love having the opportunity to hang out with our players at BlizzCon, and it’s always awesome to see the greatest gaming community on earth swarm Anaheim. We look forward to delivering two full days of gaming, activities, and other entertainment, and we can’t wait to show some of the exciting projects we’ve been working on.” Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment.
Are you planning on attending this year’s BlizzCon? If the answer is yes then you need to know that BlizzCon 2013 tickets will be going on sale in two batches this year:
First Batch: Wednesday 24th April at 7pm PT
Second Batch: Saturday 27th April at 10am PT
Tickets will be priced at $175.00 and are available from www.blizzcon.com. In addition there will also be a small number of tickets to the pre-BlizzCon dinner in aid of the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, which not only allows you to rub shoulders with the Blizzard Staff but also gives you full access to the main two-day event – these tickets will be on sale from Wednesday 1st May at 7pm PT, also available from www.blizzcon.com. The event will be held this year at the Anaheim Convention Center on the 8th and 9th of November.
If like me you’re not fortunate enough to be able to attend in person, Blizzard haven’t forgotten you, there is also going to be the option to purchase a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket which will give you full live coverage of the event. Details of this virtual ticket have not yet been announced, but we’ll be posting more information as it becomes available.
For more information visit: www.blizzcon.com.
March 21, 2013
More than 1.1 million fans join the global Zerg invasion
More than 1.1 million eSports fans tuned in to the launch broadcast for StarCraft II’s Heart of the Swarm. The launch showcased a massive 21-hour broadcast of launch events and at the end of the first two days after launch the game had sold around a million copies worldwide. Events included a Heart of the Swarm tournament at the Major League Gaming Winter Championship in Texas and we definitely agree with Blizzard CEO and co-founder Mike Morhaime who says in a press release “In addition to a brand-new single-player campaign, we added a ton of enhancements with this expansion to make StarCraft II even more fun to play, and more exciting to watch”. Although StarCraft has always been a popular game on Twitch, since the launch of the new expansion they’ve noted an uptake in viewers and also gamers streaming on Twitch, they reported a peak concurrent viewership of more than 157,000 viewers – not bad.
February 26, 2013
StarCraft: Vengeance is coming!
Be among the first to see the new trailer for StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Vengeance, at twitch.tv/starcraft at 21:00 CET/8:00 GMT today.
The rundown is as follows:
1. Blizzard developers will be hosting a discussion segment to talk about Heart of the Swarm and the making of Vengeance.
2. There will be a Heart of the Swarm eSports showmatch.
3. You’ll then get to see the world premier of the trailer, Vengeance.
You can participate in the discussion segment by posting Twitter questions using the hashtag #Vengeance.
The chatroom is currently open on the battlenet site: http://www.battle.net/sc2/en/blog/7348896/Special_Online_Event_February_26-26_02_2013, it’s totally gearing up for this exclusive event and everyone seems really excited.
November 13, 2012
Launch Date Announced for Heart of the Swarm
The next chapter of Blizzard’s StarCraft II saga, Heart of the Swarm, will launch on March 12, 2013.
Heart of the Swarm, Blizzard’s first expansion to StarCraft II, picks up where Wings of Liberty left off, focusing on Kerrigan’s quest to reunite the Swarm and take revenge on Arcturus Mengsk. You will follow Kerrigan as she travels the galaxy, growing in strength from mission to mission (20 in total), and players will be able to customize her with powerful new abilities, as well as evolve various zerg strains into fearsome new subspecies. Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment says that “With Heart of the Swarm, our goal has been to expand on the multiplayer action and cinematic storytelling of Wings of Liberty. Combined with features like unranked matchmaking and our new leveling system, this expansion elevates the StarCraft II experience for players of all skill levels.”
Pre-sales for the standard digital and Digital Deluxe versions of Heart of the Swarm are now available. Players who would like to purchase either version and be ready to play the moment the expansion launches can do so now by visiting www.StarCraft2.com.
The Digital Deluxe version of Heart of the Swarm includes a full digital copy of the expansion along with the following in-game bonus items:
- StarCraft II Torrasque
- StarCraft II Battle.net Portraits and Decals
- World of Warcraft In-Game Pet
- Diablo III Blade Wings and Banner Sigil
While the collectors version includes all of the above plus:
- Behind-the-Scenes DVD and Blu-ray
- Collector’s Edition Soundtrack CD
- Heart of the Swarm Hardcover Art Book
- Zerg Rush Mousepad
To learn more about StarCraft II and Heart of the Swarm, visit the official website at www.StarCraft2.com.
November 6, 2012
Battle.net World Championship Shanghai
On November 17th and 18th in Shanghai, the Battle.net World Championship will take place which includes the StarCraft Global Final and the World of Warcraft Global Arena Final. This is a great opportunity to see some amazing eSport action and see some of the best players in the world battling for a prize pool totaling $189,000, this year first prize is $105,000, second prize is $45,000, third prize is $27,000 and 4th prize is $12,000. Ten top WoW Arena teams from around the globe are coming to Shanghai to face off for the title of 2012 Global Champion after battling their way through the regional and national and continental finals. Also in the WoW camp, in addition to the arena final, we will see two five-player teams from raiding guilds, Stars and Supreme Quicksand, undertaking challenge mode runs in the Shado-Pan Monastery, Scarlet Halls, or Stormstout Brewery. They will also be taking on the heroic version of Mogu’shan Vaults which should be exciting.
Personally I’m never going to be in the same league as these guys, but I love to watch them play. The last tournament I got to watch live was at Gamescom for League of Legends and so I can imagine that it would be great to be in Shanghai for this one. For more information on the event and the latest information visit http://www.battlenet.com.cn/bwc/en/, you will also be able to watch a live stream of the tournament there.
I’ll keep you updated as more details become available!