News Archive

January 2012

25-Jan-2012 2012 Battle.net World Championship Event

Blizzard Entertainment is proud to announce the 2012 Battle.net World Championship, a major global eSports event featuring some of the best pro-gaming competition in the world. Slated to take place in Asia toward the end of 2012, the Battle.net World Championship will host this year’s StarCraft II and World of Warcraft Arena World Championship tournaments. Blizzard gamers and eSports fans from around the world will be invited to attend and witness some of the most skilled pro players on the planet battle it out for cash and glory.

We’re excited to be showcasing Blizzard eSports on a truly global stage this year. We're also heavily focused on getting Diablo III, Mists of Pandaria, and Heart of the Swarm into players’ hands as soon as possible. In light of our jam-packed schedule, we’ve decided to hold the next BlizzCon in 2013.

More details about the 2012 Battle.net World Championship and BlizzCon 2013, including specific dates and locations, will be coming in the months ahead.

25-Jan-2012 Charity auction – last chance!

World of Warcraft fans have one final chance to take part in this auction, and get a piece of Blizzard Entertainment history. Recent changes to the hardware running the various World of Warcraft realms in Europe have made a unique opportunity available to players. The old hardware has been carefully decommissioned and lovingly preserved in presentation cases (see attached pictures), and the final batch of retired EU server blades are now available for bidding on eBay; this is the very final step in the charity auction that began in October. Net proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

St. Jude is a pediatric hospital and research facility where patients from Europe and around the world are cared for. European medical professionals benefit from the discoveries made at St. Jude in their treatment of children with cancer and other serious illnesses. Partner clinics across the globe are aided by the hospital’s valuable research.

If you thought your chance had gone… think again! You can go place your bids now.

For more details, and to view the auction schedule for this final batch of server blades, please visit this blog post on our World of Warcraft community site. More information on St. Jude is also available on their website.

06-Jan-2012 New Year, New Permanent Price Cuts!

Great news for all Blizzard fans! From today, our latest games are available at retail and on the Blizzard Store at new, permanently low prices. You can now get Wrath of the Lich King for a mere €19.99, Cataclysm for €29.99 or StarCraft II for just €39.99! There’s never been a better time to grab the games you might have missed out on before. Just click here and celebrate the New Year by taking advantage of our new, permanently low prices! Still don´t have World of Warcraft? Now you can get the full game and both expansions for only €54.99!

05-Jan-2012 Diablo® Turns 15

It’s a rare occasion when we’re able to mark the 15-year anniversary of not only a game, but an entire universe. In 1996, the original Diablo® introduced gamers to the cursed town of Tristram… and the twisted, ancient evil that dwelled beneath it. Diablo II and its expansion, Lord of Destruction®, transformed a claustrophobic dungeon-crawler into a sprawling adventure that drew players into the wider world of Sanctuary. Today, with Diablo III on the horizon, we’d like to celebrate all of the memorable moments that have marked the last decade and a half of Diablo history.

Please join us in celebrating Diablo’s 15-year anniversary -- and we invite you to share your own Diablo memories with us by using the Twitter hashtag #Diablo15.