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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.

28-Jul-2011 BlizzCon Online Contests Now Open

The wait is over for those eager to share their stunning sketches, masterful machinimas and amazing arias for a chance at glory in this year's BlizzCon contests. Head over to our Contest pages to submit your entry, and learn what kind of sweet loot you can win. Any questions should be directed to BlizzConContest@Blizzard.com.

Don't delay! The deadline for each contest is August 29. Good luck to all of our contestants!

26-Jul-2011 BlizzCon and Battle.net Invitational Site Now Live!

We’ve just opened up a brand-new community site for you to find all of the latest news, track tournaments, and join in discussions about the European Battle.net Invitational and BlizzCon. Make yourself at home on the new community forums, check out the latest Invitational and BlizzCon updates, and share news items via Twitter, Facebook, and more. As we get closer to BlizzCon, the new site will be your headquarters for panel schedules, lists of activities to look for at the convention, tournament updates, and lots more, so be sure to check in often.

Blog comments, forum posting, and profile management are only available to those with an active StarCraft II or World of Warcraft license.

26-Jul-2011 Adopt a Pet and Support Japan Earthquake Relief by 31 July

Until 31 July, when you purchase the latest World of Warcraft companion up for adoption in the online Pet Store, we’re donating 100% of the €10 adoption fee to to support earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan.

This is a great time to tame the wild and noble Cenarion Hatchling! This little critter is the twin of the rare Hippogryph Hatchling pet players could randomly encounter in the first World of Warcraft Trading Card Game set, Heroes of Azeroth – and he's emerged from the forests to lend a helping talon to some friends in need.

To learn more, please visit the Pet Store FAQ.