On February 11, 2005, World of Warcraft launched in Europe. To celebrate our five year anniversary, we've teamed up with J!NX, Gunnar Optiks, NVIDIA, SteelSeries and ASUS to give out some truly epic loot! Over five weeks, we'll be hosting a series of photography contests. Each week, we'll announce the theme for that week and the sponsor. Be sure to check out our Five Year Anniversary Contest page and the Terms and Conditions for entering!
The list of past innovations on to the legacy Battle.net service is long and varied -- the introduction of competitive ladders, server-hosted games, online-stored characters, automated matchmaking, and more. But with the release of StarCraft II, Battle.net will evolve into an even more powerful and advanced online game service that will power all Blizzard Entertainment titles moving forward.
Check out our new Battle.net preview and video interview with Greg Canessa, project director for Battle.net.
The Pet Store is about to go plush! Introducing the Wind Rider Cub and Gryphon Hatchling, the first in a new line of cuddly, crafty critters scheduled to arrive exclusively in the online Blizzard Store in the weeks ahead. Each plush companion will come with a code for a matching in-game, non-combat, account-bound pet to fly by your side in Azeroth. Both Horde and Alliance players will be able to adopt either pet once they hatch in the online Blizzard Store. Keep your eyes on the sky -- and the official World of Warcraft website -- for more information.
FigurePrints, which sells custom World of Warcraft character statues, has expanded its line of classic armor sets to include everything that was available in the Burning Crusade expansion. The new armor includes dungeon sets up through tier 6 and Arena sets 1-4. Nine new base varieties have also just been added to the line of customization options. All of these new features are now available at www.figureprints.com.
We've received new information that links former Confederate pilot and Sons of Korhal rebel Matt Horner to the notorious band of criminals and thieves known as Raynor's Raiders. This dossier includes a full personal history and threat assessment of the man believed to be Jim Raynor's second in command.
Share your proudest in-game moments with your real-world friends online with the new World of Warcraft Armory application on Facebook. The app lets you create a custom feed of your characters' activity straight from the Armory, share it with the Facebook community, and view your friends' characters — all on Facebook. Once you've set up the app and linked it to your account, your Facebook identity will be associated with up to five characters of your choosing, and the app will generate automatic updates for your accomplishments, such as level gains, achievements, boss kills, and so on. For more information on how the app works, along with some helpful privacy tips, check out the FAQ.
We are happy to announce the Diablo III site in Russian! Now you can follow the updates of your favourite game and stay up-to-date with videos, events and contests, all in Russian. Take a moment to check out the site!
Creative Labs has announced that a limited number of Sound Blaster World of Warcraft Wireless Headsets are now available for pre-order at www.amazon.co.uk for £149.99. The World of Warcraft Wireless headset features two sets of interchangeable graphic headset lenses, custom World of Warcraft-themed voice presets, advanced uncompressed wireless technology and THX TruStudio PC audio technology. For more information on the Sound Blaster World of Warcraft Headset, visit www.soundblaster.com.
We have just updated our Diablo III Screenshot Gallery with ten new screenshots. Take a moment to see the various character classes in action as they fight against the forces of darkness that threaten to overrun Sanctuary once more.
Protecting the citizens of Azeroth is extremely important to us. Our new Battle.net Account Security Awareness page provides helpful advice on what you can do to safeguard your computer, how to spot scams, info on the adverse effects of buying gold, and tried-and-true methods to help prevent account compromises.