News Archive

February 2009

27-Feb-2009 Blizzard at CeBit in Hanover
In the upcoming week, Season 3 of the Intel Extreme Masters (Electronic Sports League) is climaxing at CeBit in Hanover, Germany. From March 3rd to 8th, the Continental Finals Europe followed by the Global Finals of the Extreme Masters, will take place to determine the winner of the 3v3 Arena Tournament.
During the competition, the Electronic Sports League will provide a free non-stop video stream, allowing everyone worldwide to watch all of the matches live with commentary in English. For more details, including team profiles, rules, and the video stream, see the official coverage page.
In addition to this tournament, you will also be able to play World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King in the Free Gaming Area.
27-Feb-2009 Diablo III Bestiary Update: The Unburied
The Diablo 3 Bestiary now features a new creature from the realm of Sanctuary: the unburied.
Something is dreadfully wrong. Fear is in the air; I can feel it. I was but days out of Tristram when I saw a screaming ball of flame rip across the sky. Surely enough, soon after witnessing this harbinger of doom, I stumbled upon a badly mangled traveler. He was barely able to spit out the tale of the cursed monstrosity responsible for his broken body as his life drifted away. He called his killer "the unburied".
Check out the unburied entry now!

We've also expanded the media galleries with three new pieces of artwork and nine new screenshots.

25-Feb-2009 Blizzard Park Theme Art Contest!
What would you do if you could design the Blizzard Entertainment theme park of your dreams? Here's your chance to show us! Blizzard Entertainment is challenging you to design a theme park, complete with rides and attractions based on the universes of Starcraft, Warcraft, and Diablo. Submissions will be judged on design creativity, artistry, and imaginative use of the lore and spirit of Blizzard games.
Winning entries will receive prizes including StarCraft II beta keys, a chance to have their entry displayed at BlizzCon 2009, and more.
The contest closes on March 30, 2009 so don’t delay! Learn more about the fabulous prizes and the contest details at the official contest page or read the official rules.
17-Feb-2009 Registration for the 2009 World of Warcraft Arena Tournament Is Now Open!
We’re pleased to announce that the 2009 World of Warcraft Arena Tournament Registration is now open!
Remember, this year all participants in the tournament have a chance to earn the exclusive Armored Murloc in-game pet as well as the exclusive “Vanquisher” title, so get your team together and be ready for fierce competition.
For more information on the 2009 World of Warcraft Arena Tournament, take a look at our FAQ and remember to check back on the News Section for updates
Sign up now!
17-Feb-2009 BlizzCon 2009 Announced!
Blizzard Entertainment today announced plans for its fourth BlizzCon gaming convention, to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California on Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22. BlizzCon is a celebration of the global player communities surrounding Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo universes. To learn more, please read our press release.
13-Feb-2009 StarCraft II Valentine Wallpapers!
We have just added three new wallpapers to our StarCraft II Wallpapers Gallery. With a Valentine’s Day theme, choose between Protoss, Terran or Zerg wallpapers, or just get them all!
10-Feb-2009 2009 World of Warcraft Arena Tournament Announced
We’re pleased to announce that the 2009 World of Warcraft Arena Tournament is nearly here. Starting next week (February 17, 2009), players will be able to sign up to compete in this year’s exciting competition. The tournament will feature an online qualifier played on our special tournament realms. Top teams will proceed to their respective regional finals and compete for a chance to reach the global world championship – with cash prizes totaling over $200,000.
These realms have been outfitted with level 80 character templates and the latest epic gear from Wrath of the Lich King. As an added bonus, we have included exclusive rewards that players can earn by participating in the tournament, including an Armored Murloc in-game pet. Top teams will also contend for a chance to achieve the “Vanquisher” title for their live characters.
If you would like to demonstrate your arena prowess, or simply want a chance to earn the exclusive loot, please check back next week for more details – including eligible countries – and register!