News Archive

Current News

18-Aug-2011 Diablo III Street Art Unveiled

As part of Blizzard Entertainment’s presence at gamescom 2011, artist Manfred Stader has created a bespoke piece of Diablo III street art. The image depicts Diablo accompanied by demons bursting forth from the very streets of Cologne. What’s unique about the image, aside from the content, is that it has been designed to be viewed in full 3D perspective. As a result, it produces an unnerving glimpse into The Burning Hells themselves.

The artist began production of this very special piece on Monday August 15, and the scope of the project has been encapsulated in this time-lapse video of its development.

All gamescom attendees are encouraged to come and see this spectacle, situated at Hahnentorburg Rudolfplatz in central Cologne.

Don’t forget we have also organised a competition based on your photographs of this artwork – you can find details about that here.

Enjoy – and take care not to fall in!

18-Aug-2011 Gamescom 2011 Has Started!

Do you want to be among the first in Europe to get your hands on the upcoming StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm expansion? Want to play Diablo III or World of Warcraft: Cataclysm? Then come and join us at gamescom 2011 at the Blizzard Entertainment booth (Hall 6.1, B21-C30) in Cologne, Germany! Also, be sure to stop by Rudolfplatz and snap a photo so you can take part in our Diablo III Social Media contest.

At this year’s gamescom, the contests are epic and the prizes are out of sight. Show off your sewing skills in our Costume Contest and you could win a trip to BlizzCon 2011! Or join our StarCraft II Show Matches, World of Warcraft Live Raids, Quiz Contests, or the Dance contest and win prizes from our sponsors! If that isn’t enough to get you going, then check out our panel schedule to see when you can get a chance to participate in panels with our StarCraft, World of Warcraft, and Diablo developers. You can have a look at our on-going activities during gamescom on our dedicated website.

Whether you can make it to the event or not, be sure to follow our live coverage of gamescom 2011 on our game channels on Facebook and Twitter.

17-Aug-2011 Diablo’s Burning Hells Contest

Attention gamescom goers: a portal to Diablo’s Burning Hells has been sighted at Rudolfplatz in Cologne! To celebrate this terrifying development, Blizzard is giving those witnessing the event a chance to win access to the beta phase for one of our upcoming games.

If you are in Cologne and wish to participate, please follow these simple instructions:

  • Head over to Rudolfplatz, next to the Hahnentor. (map link).
  • Gather up the courage to stand on the brink of the portal and have a friend take a picture of you. Make sure you put on your bravest face to confront Diablo!
  • On Twitter, post a link to the image with the hashtag #D3GC11, and an “@reply” to our @Diablo account.

Members of the Blizzard community team will look over the posted pictures during the weeks following gamescom and pick the best ones. Please consider following the @Diablo account so Blizzard can get in touch with you via direct message in case you’re one of the lucky winners.

For all the details on the contest, please read the rules available here.

11-Aug-2011 Blizzard activities at gamescom 2011

It’s only a few days until gamescom! Are you eager to meet Blizzard developers and executives? Excited to watch some of the best players in the world compete in StarCraft II show matches or take down the most challenging bosses in live raids? Or maybe your inner star wants to shine in a costume or dance contest?

Find out about all these activities and many more on our activities page, which was just updated with all the latest details.

You can also find a printable version of the Blizzard booth activity schedule right here.

04-Aug-2011 StarCraft II: Starter Edition

We’ve replaced the previously available StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty demo with the recently launched StarCraft II: Starter Edition. StarCraft II: Starter Edition allows anyone to play the following content for free (all you need is a Battle.net account and Internet connection):

  • The first four missions of the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty single-player campaign, including Mar Sara 1-3 and the choice to embark on Tychus’s first mission or Dr. Hansen’s first mission.
  • The first two Challenges: Tactical Command and Covert Ops.
  • Access to the terran race in Custom Games and Single-Player vs. AI.
  • Access to the following custom maps (map selection may rotate over time):
    • Xel’Naga Caverns
    • Shattered Temple
    • Discord IV
    • High Orbit

Any campaign progress and achievements you earn while playing StarCraft II: Starter Edition are automatically saved to your Battle.net account, and will carry over should you ever upgrade from the Starter Edition to the full version of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.

If you’re thinking of getting into the game or know a friend who's been interested in joining you in the Koprulu Sector, it's easier than ever to give the ultimate real-time strategy experience a spin.

If you don’t yet have a Battle.net account, head to www.trystarcraft.com to get started. The site will talk you through the process of creating a Battle.net account and downloading the game client.

If you already have a Battle.net account, you can simply download the full game client and start playing as soon as it’s downloaded! A StarCraft II: Starter Edition license will automatically be added to your Battle.net account once you log into the game.

For more information and a full list of restrictions, please visit the StarCraft II: Starter Edition FAQ.

03-Aug-2011 Cenarion Hatchling Raises More Than $1.9 Million

Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of World of Warcraft players around the world who purchased the Cenarion Hatchling pet, we’ve raised a total of more than $1.9 million USD to support the ongoing earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan. In May, we announced that for every Cenarion Hatchling purchased by July 31, 2011, 100% of the $10 USD (10 EUR in Europe) adoption fee would be going to assist victims of this disaster -- and the community responded by opening up their hearts and wallets wide. Thanks again for your support and for helping to make an impact on the lives of those affected by these events.


To learn more about the Pet Store, please visit the Pet Store FAQ.

02-Aug-2011 Dance Contest at gamescom 2011!

Get ready to bust a move and dazzle the audience: Blizzard’s famed dance contest will make a return at gamescom this year! Enter, and you could win some great prizes.

If you wish to apply for pre-registration for this contest, send an email with the subject [dance contest] to us at gamescom2011@blizzard.com, including your name, date of birth and the details of the dance you will be performing. Head over to our gamescom 2011 gamescom 2011 activities section for more details on the dance contest, as well as the costume contest announced last week.

01-Aug-2011 Diablo III Beta & New Features Revealed

Countless hours of consulting the ancient prophecies and poring over dusty tomes have resulted in the unearthing of new information about Diablo III. The upcoming Diablo III beta test will introduce a treasure trove of exciting new features, including a new Auction House that will provide a powerful new way for your characters to acquire the implements of war. Prepare yourselves!

Read on to learn more about the upcoming Diablo III beta and Auction House.

29-Jul-2011 Win a BlizzCon Trip With Our Costume Contest!

Get your sewing machines ready, dust off your patterns, and equip your pauldrons for the Blizzard Costume Contest at gamescom! The winner of the Costume Contest will win a trip for two to BlizzCon, including tickets, transport and hotel accommodation. This fantastic prize is sponsored by our partners SteelSeries, J!NX, and Panini.

To sign up for this contest, send an email with the subject [costume contest] to us at gamescom2011@blizzard.com, including your name, date of birth, and the name or brief description of the Blizzard-related costume you will be entering. Head over to our gamescom 2011 activities section for more details.

29-Jul-2011 World of Warcraft Coming Soon In Brazil!

Blizzard Entertainment is pleased to announce that World of Warcraft will be released in Brazil, fully localized into Brazilian Portuguese. Brazilian players will be able to purchase localized versions of World of Warcraft and its expansions later this year. For more information, please read our press release or this special World of Warcraft information page especially for Brazilian players.