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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.

13-Jul-2011 Fun and Games at gamescom 2011

Surely you’ve heard the news by now: Blizzard Entertainment will be at gamescom 2011 in Cologne, Germany, from August 17 to 21, and we’ve got a whole host of fun and games waiting for you.

You an eSports fan? Come and enjoy the StarCraft II show matches, featuring some of the best players on the planet. Want to witness top guilds’ abilities and precision? For the Horde and Ensidia will confront the latest dangers to threaten Azeroth in World of Warcraft Live Raids.

If that’s not enough to satisfy your insatiable appetite for entertainment then make sure to take part in our activities and show the gamescom 2011 audience your talent.

  • Become your character and show off your style in the Blizzard costume contest! Terran, goblin, zerg or worgen. Mage, zealot, warrior or overlord. Your imagination is the only limit!
  • Choose a World of Warcraft race, put on your dancing shoes, and prepare to dazzle the audience as you show us your moves. That’s right, it’s the Blizzard dance contest!
  • Prove your knowledge of the Blizzard Entertainment universes! Enter our daily quizzes to receive your well-deserved rewards.

To apply for entry into the dance and costume contests you simply need to send us an email at gamescom2011@blizzard.com. If you are selected to participate we will let you know. We expect a lot of competitors for both contests, so make sure you contact us as soon as possible to have a shot at winning some amazing prizes! All the details regarding the dance and costume contests’ rules and prizes will be posted in an upcoming news post.

So, are you ready to take to the stage and dance and dress your way to victory?

08-Jul-2011 Battle.net Mobile Authenticator for Windows® 7 Phones

The Battle.net Mobile Authenticator, an application for mobile phones that provides an extra layer of account security, is now available as a free download for Windows® Phone 7 devices on the Windows Phone Marketplace. The Battle.net Mobile Authenticator provides a one-time password that you use in addition to your regular account name and password when you log in to a Battle.net account to play World of Warcraft or StarCraft II.

Versions for other mobile devices are also available for download here, or you can purchase a physical Battle.net Authenticator from the online Blizzard Store. Visit the Battle.net Mobile Authenticator FAQ for more information, or head to the setup page to get started after you've downloaded the application.

For additional account security advice, check out our Account Security page.

30-Jun-2011 Join us at gamescom

Blizzard Entertainment is delighted to confirm our presence at gamescom 2011 where you’ll be treated to a wide range of activities and entertainment. Watch StarCraft II eSports showmatches, witness the precision of top guilds in live World of Warcraft raids, catch up on the latest company news and partake in our famous dance and costume competitions – polish those routines and get stitching now!

All of this will be happening from August 17 to 21 at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany, and you’ll be able to locate the Blizzard Entertainment booth in Halle 6 (B21 & B1). To find out more about the show and how to get there, visit the official site!

30-Jun-2011 World of Warcraft and Burning Crusade: Two in One!

Haven’t yet ventured beyond the Dark Portal? Beginning today, June 29, players purchasing the original World of Warcraft – available for only 14.99€ in the online Blizzard Store – will now also get the game’s first expansion set, The Burning Crusade, for free. In addition, anyone who owns the original World of Warcraft, regardless of when they purchased the game, will automatically be able to access all of the content and features from The Burning Crusade expansion at no additional cost. It’s time to set forth from Azeroth, adventurer – Outland awaits!

10-Jun-2011 Epic Savings on World of Warcraft!

From now until June 20, World of Warcraft is on sale for €4.99 (£4.99). Normally priced at €14.99, this shatteringly low price nets you over 65% savings – truly an epic deal!

Join thousands of mighty heroes online in World of Warcraft’s realm of myth, magic, and adventure. Explore jagged, snowy peaks; vast mountain fortresses; and harsh, winding canyons. Witness zeppelins flying over smoldering battlefields and do battle in epic sieges – a host of legendary experiences awaits you. All for only €4.99 until June 20!

This offer won’t last long so don’t delay: grab your copy of World of Warcraft today from the Blizzard Store or as a digital download direct from Battle.net!

10-Jun-2011 BlizzCon Benefit Dinner Tickets Sold Out

The additional handful of tickets to the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner are now sold out. If you purchased tickets to the Benefit Dinner on either sale date, please note that we've extended the deadline to enter or edit Benefit Dinner attendee information by one week to Friday, June 17 (general BlizzCon attendees will still have until June 10). For more info on how to edit attendee information, check out the BlizzCon website.

If you weren't able to get tickets to the show this year, keep in mind that coverage of BlizzCon will also be available through the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, which is offered as a multi-channel Internet stream and also via DIRECTV in the United States. Keep an eye on the BlizzCon website for updates on panels, exhibits, events, Virtual Ticket info, and more. We look forward to meeting some of you at the show!

10-Jun-2011 Additional BlizzCon Benefit Dinner Tickets On Sale June 9

Looking for another chance to attend this year's BlizzCon Benefit Dinner and help out a good cause in the process? An additional handful of tickets have become available to this special pre-BlizzCon event and will be going on sale Thursday, June 9 at 4 a.m. CEST through the online Blizzard Store. Guests will have an opportunity to meet and chat with game developers, artists, executives, and other folks from Blizzard Entertainment before the show. Tickets will be available for $500 USD each (BlizzCon admission included), and the proceeds will benefit Children's Hospital of Orange County. Quantities will be extremely limited, so keep a close watch on the ticket sales page early on Thursday for the chance to get yours.

Click here for more information on the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner.

10-Jun-2011 Memories of Blizzard Video Contest -- Vote Now!

As part of Blizzard Entertainment's twentieth anniversary celebration, we announced the Memories of Blizzard video contest, in which we invited you to share your Blizzard game-related memories with us by sending in your creative and touching videos.

Now the submission deadline has passed, and we’ve selected our favorites to go up on the contest page. The contest isn’t over yet though! You can still play a role in shaping this Blizzard memory by visiting the contest page and voting on your favorite videos.

Winners could earn awesome prizes, including:

  • An expenses-paid trip to BlizzCon
  • Keyboards, mice, headsets, and more from Razer, SteelSeries, and Creative Labs
  • Drinking vessels from TavernCraft
  • Action figures from DCDirect
  • Custom posters featuring your character from PrintWarcraft