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19-Jun-2014 Blizzard at gamescom 2014

Blizzard Entertainment will once again be at the world’s biggest games convention this summer – gamescom 2014, which takes place August 13-17 in Cologne, Germany. We’d love to see you there to join in all the fun!

We’ve got our biggest ever booth, all sorts of entertainment throughout the four public days of the event, and four great games for you to come and play. You can try out World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, Heroes of the Storm, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition on PS4, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.

On our stage we’ll have live music, our world-famous dance and costume contests, regular quizzes and other competitions with awesome prizes, and more. We’ll have more information on how to participate in the costume contest very soon, but for now, you can already start designing, crafting, and sewing your magnificent Blizzard-inspired outfit!

We’re also planning a glorious gallery on our booth bringing you both official and fan-created artwork in this, the year of World of Warcraft’s tenth anniversary, so get ready to submit your own creations.

In the coming weeks, we’ll bring you a complete schedule of all the fun and games that will take place on the Blizzard booth during gamescom. You can find out more about the convention itself here.

12-May-2014 Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition Arrives August 19

The fight to save Sanctuary heads to your favorite console on August 19, when Diablo® III: Reaper of Souls™ – Ultimate Evil Edition™ arrives on PS3™, PS4™, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. This package is filled to the brim with all of the content from the original Diablo III, as well as a treasure trove of exciting new features and updates from the acclaimed Reaper of Souls expansion. For more information, check out the full press release.

22-Apr-2014 BlizzCon® 2014 Conquers Anaheim November 7 and 8

Southern California, prepare for invasion: BlizzCon is taking over the Anaheim Convention Center this November 7 and 8! Tickets go on sale in two batches on May 7 at 7 p.m. PT and May 10 at 10 a.m. PT through the online event ticketing service Eventbrite. In addition, a limited number of tickets to an exclusive pre-BlizzCon Benefit Dinner will go on sale May 14 at 7 p.m. PT, with proceeds benefitting Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Check out the BlizzCon website for more details.

18-Apr-2014 Introducing the Battle.net Gift Card

Have you ever wanted to give a friend a few Hearthstone Expert Card Packs? Or gift that epic Iron Skyreaver mount to your World of Warcraft guildmate? Good news! We’ve got you covered with one simple solution — the Battle.net Gift Card.

This €20/£15 gift card is now available at a wide range of retailers across Europe. Simply pick one up at any of the stores listed below and give it to a friend. All they need to do is claim the code on the back of the card in order to charge up their Battle.net Balance, which can be used to purchase a variety of Blizzard digital items, games, and services. You can also use the gift card to charge up your own balance.

For a full overview of what you can buy with Battle.net Balance, visit the Battle.net Shop. Here are just a few examples of the cool stuff you can give a friend via the Battle.net Gift Card:

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You’ll find a list of retailers offering the Battle.net Gift Card below. Remember that you can also gift your friends specific digital items directly from the Battle.net Shop.

United Kingdom: GAME, Grainger Games, ASDA

Germany, Austria, Ireland, Finland, Denmark: Gamestop

Belgium, Netherlands: Bart Smit, Game Mania

Sweden, Spain: Game, Gamestop

France: Micromania

17-Apr-2014 Hearthstone Now Available on iPad!

It’s time to let your fingers do the dueling—Hearthstone™: Heroes of Warcraft™ has arrived on the Apple® iPad®! Now you can enjoy all of the game’s epic card-slinging and deck-building action on the go on these supported iPad devices: iPad Air™, iPad 4th generation, iPad 3rd generation, iPad 2, iPad mini™, and iPad mini with Retina® display.

Download Hearthstone now from the iTunes® App Store℠ and start building a deck of your own today!

Apple, iPad, Retina, and iTunes are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. iPad mini, iPad Air, and App Store are trademarks of Apple Inc.

01-Apr-2014 Blizzard Outcasts™: Vengeance of the Vanquished™

They’ve felt the cold steel of your blade so often, the pain it brings has become a comfort to them. They’ve watched their masterful schemes brought to ruin time and time again, and yet “surrender” remains the one line they refuse to cross. The luck they’ve had would make any good man bad, but still they keep going, unwavering, undeterred.

They’re not your traditional heroes. They are survivors. They are fighters. They are Outcasts!

And now, finally, it’s their time to shine. We are proud to announce our latest project, Blizzard Outcasts: Vengeance of the Vanquished, a fighting game for a new generation.

Assume the mantle of our game universes’ most infamous antiheroes, bring the pain to your enemies with insanely powerful special moves, and show the world which Outcast reigns supreme!

Visit the official announcement website now!


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24-Mar-2014 Death Awaits – Reaper of Souls™ is Now Live!

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is now LIVE and ready to challenge the heroes of Sanctuary. In this epic new chapter of the critically acclaimed Diablo series, players will embark on a perilous journey that will take them across terrifying landscapes, culminating in a confrontation with Malthael, the Angel of Death. Will you join the crusade?

11-Mar-2014 Hearthstone Is Officially Official

The beta test is over and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is ready for action! Check out the full press release here, then visit www.playhearthstone.com to download the game and start having fun!

10-Mar-2014 Pre-purchase Warlords of Draenor and Prepare for War

This fall, the fearless heroes of Azeroth will clash against the mythic might of Garrosh Hellscream’s fearsome Iron Horde when Warlords of Draenor launches worldwide. Players in North America and Europe can prepare for the coming invasion now by boosting a character to level 90 when they pre-purchase the expansion digitally. To learn more about the epic array of content coming in the expansion, check out today’s announcement or visit the Warlords of Draenor web page.

23-Jan-2014 Hearthstone Open Beta is Here!

The wait is over: The Hearthstone Open Beta Test is now live in Europe! If you haven’t joined in on all of the crazy card-slinging action yet, now is your chance! Pull up a chair and prepare to start casting powerful spells, summoning mighty minions, and dueling your friends in a fast-paced strategy card game for everyone.

It’s been a crazy past few months for all of us on the Hearthstone team. We announced Hearthstone at PAX East back in March, began the Closed Beta Test in August, had a blast at BlizzCon with the Innkeeper’s Invitational, and we were excited to announce Android and iPhone support. Now we’re ready to unleash the awesomeness of Hearthstone to you with Open Beta.

So what does this mean for you? If you didn’t get the chance to participate in the Hearthstone Closed Beta Test, you can now download the game. Just click here to download Hearthstone, or you can use the Play Free Now button at the top of playhearthstone.com. We have no plans to perform any more card wipes, so feel free to amass your collection and play against your friends.

Open Beta is still not a final release, and we will be closely monitoring many aspects of the game to ensure a positive play experience for everyone. Please be aware that if smoke starts curling out of our servers due to unexpectedly high demand for Hearthstone, we may have to temporarily disable Open Beta account activations until we’re ready to take on more players.

Download, play and enjoy Hearthstone now - we’ll see you in-game!