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Blizzcon tickets available April 24 and 27

Blizzcon won't be returning to the Anaheim Convention Center until this November, but tickets will go on sale (and inevitably sell out) this month. Specifically, tickets will be available in two batches, with the first going on sale April 24 at 7pm Pacific. The second batch is set for April 27 at 1...

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World of Warcraft subscribers dip to 9.6 million, up from Cataclysm low

When the Mists of Pandaria expansion launched for World of Warcraft, Activision Blizzard reported more than 10 million players, up from 9.1 million after Cataclysm. In today's financial call, Activision reported World of Warcraft had 9.6 million subscribers. It's like a roller coaster, kind of....

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World of Warcraft cities become insta-deathtraps, hacker suspected

Entire cities of players and NPCs in World of Warcraft are being wiped out in a solitary blow, WoW Insider reports. The death traps began on European servers, in the cities of Ogrimmar and Stormwind, and have since spread to Tarren Mill, Ragnaros, Draenor, Twisting Nether and other realms, and i...

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Blizzard cites US trade restrictions for disconnecting Iranian players

Blizzard Entertainment has disconnected Iranian players from Battle.net, preventing access to online-required games World of Warcraft and Diablo 3. The company states it has tightened its procedures to comply with current US law. "Blizzard Entertainment cannot speak to any reports surrounding the I...

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Pachter: Activision Blizzard spinoff 'far more likely' than Vivendi sale

Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter has weighed in on recent speculation suggesting Vivendi would get rid of its stake in Activision Blizzard, following mounting reports that the French conglomerate is trying to sell the game publisher. Although a sale is "likely the preferred route" for Vivendi, Pacht...

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Joyswag & Unboxing: 'Collector's Edition' World of Warcraft Monopoly

USAopoly and Blizzard have teamed up to develop a special, World of Warcraft-themed "Collector's Edition" Monopoly set, which lands at retailers tomorrow. Not only did we get a first look at the final product, the team at Joystiq is reluctantly giving it away to one lucky reader. Get a detailed loo...

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Blizzard cuts 600 employees, most not in game development

Blizzard has laid off 600 employees, 90 percent of whom are not involved in game development, a statement from Activision Blizzard reads. The cuts do not impact the World of Warcraft development team, the publisher was quick to assure, and its development and publishing schedules will not be affect...

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Monopoly: World of Warcraft, Risk: StarCraft available this year

For years, WoW had a monopoly on the MMO market, so why not celebrate that with a board game? Blizzard Entertainment and USAopoly will launch Monopoly: World of Warcraft and Risk: StarCraft before year's end. A Facebook vote will determine what tokens make it into the final version of the Azeroth r...

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WoW Patch 4.3 'Hour of Twilight' launches today

If you've built up a thick layer of hatred for Deathwing every time his grim visage appears on the login screen for World of Warcraft, your hour of retribution has come. Or rather, your "Hour of Twilight" has come -- that's the name of WoW Patch 4.3, which launches today. The update, and las...

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World of Warcraft offers new in-game item, new TV spot for seventh anniversary

World of Warcraft is about to celebrate its seventh anniversary on November 23 next week (which means that some of its players have been alive for less time than the game's servers have been up), and to celebrate, Blizzard is giving everyone who logs in between this Sunday and December 3 a Feat o...

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