News Archive
News Archive
March 2011
March 2011
23-Mar-2011 Ringing Bells and Taking Names at NASDAQ
On Monday, March 7 Blizzard Entertainment founders Mike Morhaime, Frank Pearce, and Allen Adham rang the closing bell at the NASDAQ stock exchange in New York in celebration of Blizzard's 20th anniversary.

While most executives might have spent their free time discussing the financial market, Mike and Frank decided to squeeze in a game of StarCraft II instead. (Frank won their heated TvT mirror match, but it was close, in case you were wondering.)

While our founders were ringing the bell inside, Blizzard was taking over Times Square outside in the name of our global gaming community. We projected a seven-story-high video featuring cinematics from World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty on the NASDAQ tower for a full hour -- marking the first time that Deathwing was ever rendered to scale.

Thanks to your support, Blizzard has been able to spend the last twenty years developing and publishing some of the most epic entertainment experiences ever. Please visit our 20th Anniversary site to take part in the celebration, and be sure to check out the extensive retrospective video we posted recently.

15-Mar-2011 Memories of Blizzard Video Contest
Thank you for joining us during Blizzard Entertainment's twentieth anniversary celebration. We couldn't have made it here without you, so we're inviting you to join us in making this milestone even more memorable by entering our upcoming Memories of Blizzard video contest.

For two decades, players like you have provided us with wonderful memories, and we'd love to know how our games have been a part of yours. Unleash your creativity and capture your favorite Blizzard game-related memory on video.

How you do it is up to you; your favorite moment can be heartwarming, hilarious, or truly epic. Your video can be live action, animated, or something in-between -- what's important is the memory you share with us. If your video gets us misty-eyed or makes us stand up and cheer, it could be chosen as one of the winning entries. You can earn countless accolades, untold fame, universal admiration...and legendary prizes including: Ready to take us on a journey through time and space? Check out the official rules page for details and eligibility.
10-Mar-2011 StarCraft II Demo Now Available

If you haven't yet experienced the intense strategic combat of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, you can get into the action today with the newly released demo edition. Featuring full access to the first three missions of the single-player campaign, as well as unlimited access to skirmish mode as the terrans versus an A.I. opponent, the free demo gives you an introduction to the cinematic storytelling and fast-paced gameplay of StarCraft II.

Begin your demo experience here. You don't need a account or Internet connection to play once you've downloaded the demo, but you will need both if you are ready to upgrade to the full version of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. For more information on the demo, read the FAQ.

08-Mar-2011 Anniversary Video: A History of Blizzard Entertainment
Did you know that Blizzard Entertainment was originally founded under a completely different name? What is the significance of Jawassic Park in the context of Blizzard Entertainment's art culture? Whatever happened to Orcs in Space? These and many, many more questions are answered in the full-length video we've just released on the Blizzard 20th Anniversary site. Clocking in at almost an hour, this video features candid commentary from the people who have spent the last two decades creating the games that helped make Blizzard Entertainment the company it is today.

Head over to the anniversary site and check out the Blizzard Retrospective Video now!
04-Mar-2011 Assault on Icecrown Citadel Raid & Treasure Packs Now Available
Cryptozoic Entertainment, home of the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game, has just released the Assault on Icecrown Citadel four-player game and Treasure Pack. The four-player game comes with everything you and three friends need to play right out of the box. Play as Highlord Tirion Fordring, Lady Sylvanas Windrunner, and Lady Jaina Proudmoore and battle against the Lich King and his Scourge army. Each deck comes with the hero's legendary weapon: the Ashbringer, Frostmourne, and Deathwhisper. The Treasure Packs (included in the four-player game and also available separately) contain nine foil cards to upgrade your personal deck and hero. Both products are available at your local hobby store, big box retailer, and
01-Mar-2011 New Diablo and StarCraft Fan Art
The Blizzard Fan Art Section has been updated with four new pieces of fan artwork set within the Diablo universe. We have also added five new pieces of fan art from the StarCraft universe.

Would you like to share your artistic talents with the Diablo and StarCraft communities? Submit your fan art today!
01-Mar-2011 New Springtime Gear from J!NX
Spring is just around the corner, and what better way to shake off your frost debuff and get ready for the season than by picking up some gear from J!NX's brand new World of Warcraft collection? You'll be able to show your Horde or Alliance pride in style with a host of Cataclysm garb -- visit J! for more information.