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The Overwatch Contender Playoffs and the HCT Summer Championship finals will be hosted there.
Blizzard will get its very own esports arena in Burbank Studios, Los Angeles. Blizzard Arena is set to officially open on October 7, 2017.
Τhe opening of Blizzard Arena will kick off with the Overwatch Contender Season One Playoffs on October 7-8. A week after that, the Hearthstone Summer Championship finals will also be held there. This came as a bit of a surprise to the community, since they were waiting for a European venue for the last Championship before Blizzcon (the previous venues were the Bahamas and Shanghai).
Here's the official announcement from the Blizzard Press Center:
World-class esports have a new home in the entertainment capital of the world. Blizzard Entertainment today unveiled Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, a cutting-edge live-event destination for pro players, esports fans, and everyone else who loves premier competition. Situated in the legendary Burbank Studios, once home to groundbreaking television shows, the studio at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles has been custom-tailored to support an exciting live-event experience for local attendees and broadcast audiences around the world. When the Arena opens for business on October 7, top competitors from across Blizzard esports will be the newest stars to shine on one of the most celebrated stages in television history.
“We’re at a tipping point for esports and we look forward to helping usher in a new era of competition-based entertainment,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “As we open the doors of Blizzard Arena Los Angeles and welcome fans from around the world, we’re honored to bring the best in Blizzard esports to the same stage that some of the biggest names in entertainment have called home.”
With multiple sound stages, control rooms, and practice facilities, Blizzard Arena Los Angeles was built to support a full slate of competitive events year-round. In addition, the Burbank, California arena will house a Blizzard retail store that rotates stock for event attendees based on the competitions taking place at the time.
Blizzard Arena Los Angeles will open its doors to the public for the first time on the weekend of October 7–8 with the Overwatch Contenders Season One Playoffs taking center stage. The culmination of a summer of formidable European and North American competition, the Overwatch Contenders Playoffs will crown the top Contenders teams in each region.
Beginning October 13, the Hearthstone® Championship Tour’s Summer Championship will bring top-notch Hearthstone pros to the Arena for a full weekend of competition, with $250,000 on the line. The global tournament will conclude the third act of the HCT and set the table for the Hearthstone World Championship, taking place in early 2018.
The early battles of both the Heroes of the Storm® Global Championship (HGC) Finals and World of Warcraft® Arena Championship will be held at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in late October, with top Heroes of the Storm and WoW® Arena players looking to fight their way onto the championship stages at BlizzCon®, Blizzard’s annual community celebration in Anaheim, California, taking place November 3–4.
Then, later this year, some of the top Overwatch® players in the world will take their first steps toward stardom at the Arena when the Overwatch League opens a new era in professional esports. With the players leading the way, the city-based franchises of the Overwatch League have their sights set on establishing a new standard for esports excellence.
Tickets are available now for the Overwatch Contenders Playoffs and the HCT Summer Championship. (source)
Blackheart's Tavern have scored a massive interview with Blizzard Senior Art Director Samwise Didier, the man responsible for the "Blizzard look". From defining the art style of the Warcraft universe to, more recently, Heroes of the Storm and basically everything else in between, he's one of the most veteran people at Blizzard today and has quite a few stories to tell, stories that Blackheart's Tavern were nice enough to share with the rest of us!
See when we may or may not get to see the next WoW expansion announcement and everything else going on at gamescom!
We've already seen the streaming schedule for Blizzard's gamescom presence, but today we're getting the full rundown of all the events and announcements for all Blizzard franchises, including the big ticket items like the Blizzard Reveal Ceremony at 18:00 CEST on Wednesday, August 23, where we may or many not actually get the next WoW expansion announcement! Then there's also the new Overwatch Animated Short that'll show up during the same ceremony, the WoW Arena EU championship finals, a M+ race between two top guilds and much, much more.
gamescom 2017 (source)
Blizzard is heading back to Cologne, Germany next week for gamescom 2017! The event takes place from August 22–26, and we’ll be there to put on our best show yet.
We’ll kick things off by releasing a special preview video of all the playable content we’ll be showcasing at gamescom. Be sure to mark your calendar for 18:00 CEST on Monday, August 21, and head to YouTube to watch it. Subscribe to our channel to be sure you don’t miss it!
At 18:00 CEST on Wednesday, August 23, members of our game development teams will take to our main stage for the Blizzard Reveal Ceremony, which will be live-streamed on http://gamescom.blizzard.com.
Throughout gamescom, visitors to the Blizzard booth in Hall 7 of the Koelnmesse will have the chance to play the latest content for Overwatch, Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, StarCraft II, StarCraft: Remastered, and Diablo III. Of course, we’ll also have some epic entertainment in store, including our Blizzard Cosplay Contest and two performances from Video Games Live—these activities and more will be viewable via live stream on the website.
Our full schedule of activities is now available on http://gamescom.blizzard.com, and you’ll find an overview of each game below.
Visitors to the Blizzard booth will be able to experience a brand-new Overwatch map—tune in to our preview video on Monday when details will be revealed.
The world premiere of a new Overwatch animated short will take place on our main stage and via live stream during the Blizzard Reveal Ceremony on Wednesday.
We’ll be showcasing some impressive Doomfist cosplay on our main stage on Wednesday.
The German voice actors from Overwatch will be doing a live performance on Thursday.
Overwatch FX Artist Rachel Day will be presenting her work on the making of Doomfist live on Friday.
Members of the German Overwatch World Cup team will be doing an on-stage panel on Saturday.
Hearthstone players can enjoy an early look at new Fireside Gathering features during gamescom, where they’ll join forces in a whole new kind of Fireside Brawl: a group raid against the Lich King.
We’ll find out which country’s players will rise above the rest as the Hearthstone Global Games Finals take place live on our Hearthstone stage on Friday and Saturday—choose your champion to win a card pack, and watch the tournament live-streamed on www.twitch.tv/playhearthstone.
To celebrate the latest expansion, Knights of the Frozen Throne, gamers in Cologne will be able to grab a free frozen treat and participate in Hearthstone activities at the gamescom city festival—where the Hearthstone traveling ice cream truck will be making its final European stop on the Ice Cream Citadel tour on Friday and Saturday from 15:00-23:00.
World of Warcraft
Gamers will be able to group up with other gamescom attendees and run through a dungeon from World of Warcraft’s upcoming Patch 7.3—details about this content update will be unveiled on stage and via live stream during the Blizzard Reveal Ceremony on Wednesday.
Twelve top-ranked Arena teams will battle it out in the WoW European Championship Finals on our World of Warcraft stage from Wednesday to Saturday for a share of the $100,000 USD prize pool and the chance to compete in the WoW Arena World Championship Finals at BlizzCon later this year—watch the live stream on http://www.twitch.tv/warcraft.
Visitors to the Blizzard booth will be able to attend a live Darkmoon Faire, which will include activities like an airbrush makeup station and photo opportunities with iconic WoW statues and items.
Top European World of Warcraft guilds Nova and Set Sail For Fail will race against each other in Mythic dungeons live on stage on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
Heroes of the Storm
Blizzard booth visitors will be able to get some hands-on play time with our latest Hero—details will be revealed in our Monday preview video.
Heroes of the Storm: Showdown will see community personalities and pros duking it out in live show matches on our main stage—including Team Liquid and Team Expert on Wednesday, and popular German YouTubers ApeCrime and PietSmiet on Friday.
Carbot Animations will be doing a Heroes of the Storm drawing session live on stage on Thursday.
Our newest co-op commander will be playable for the first time at the Blizzard booth—tune in to our preview video on Monday when details are unveiled.
StarCraft: Remastered, our recently released modernization of the classic award-winning real-time strategy game and its Brood War expansion, will also be available to play on the show floor.
Professional StarCraft players will clash in exciting live StarCraft II and StarCraft: Remastered show matches on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Attendees at gamescom will be able to command legions of the risen dead and wield the dark arts with Diablo III’s Rise of the Necromancer pack, playable on PC and PlayStation 4.
We’ll also feature our famous dance contest on Friday and our cosplay contest on Saturday, as well as signing sessions, quizzes, and more on our main stage—including performances from Video Games Live on Thursday and Friday. Remember to visit http://gamescom.blizzard.com for the full schedule of activities.
In addition, gamescom attendees can pick up a selection of Blizzard merchandise, including some brand-new and convention-exclusive items, at the Blizzard store in Hall 5.
Daily Live Streams
Those who can’t make it to gamescom 2017 in person will still be able to catch all the excitement via daily live streams on http://gamescom.blizzard.com. Well-known streamers will also be bringing you live action from the Blizzard booth—visit the website for details, and follow our social media channels for the latest news live from the event!
Quarterly results of the Activison Blizzard Investor Call are here and Blizzard reached a new all-time record of Monthly Active Users (MAUs)!
Here are some interesting highlights of the Q2 Investor Call. Full presentation can be found here.
Q2 MAUs are at 46 million (up 38% Y/Y) MAUs have more than doubled since early 2015. Blizzard experienced strong participation with in-game content for Overwatch, Hearthstone and Diablo III. Diablo III
The Necromancer was embraced by the player community. Hearthstone
Hearthsone MAUs rose to an all-time record, fueled by the new expansion, Journey to Un'Goro. Overwatch
Overwatch MAUs have risen every quarter since the game launched and rose to a new all-time high in Q2. Anniversary event drove strong engagement and record participation in customization items. Uprising's PvE-mode was well-received with record play-time. World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft time spent grew Y/Y and Legion continues to outperform Warlords of Draenor.
Gamescom is almost here and don't worry if you can't make it in person! Blizzard published a streamer line-up for all games, so chances are one of your favorite streamers will be livestreaming the event.
Gamescom is starting on August 22 in Cologne, Germany and everyone's waiting for a World of Warcraft announcement. Blizzard might reveal WoW's next expansion providing more details at BlizzCon later this year. Gamescom will be here around the time of 7.3 release, so if they don't plan to announce the next expansion, we'll hopefully see at least the Patch 7.3 cinematic trailer.
The world’s biggest game convention is almost upon us! Blizzard will be in Cologne from August 22 to 26, showcasing our latest games, presenting awesome activities on stage, and streaming live from our booth. Those who can’t make it to gamescom in person will be able to join the excitement thanks to well-known streamers catching the action on the show floor, bringing you news and enjoying chats with the development team on site.
Check out our streamer line-up!
World of Warcraft FatbossTV
With more than 250,000 subscribers on YouTube and 70,000 followers on Twitch, Alex and Loz, better known as FatBossTV, are a go-to resource for raid tactics, strategies, and discussions within the World of Warcraft community.
Simon Wiefels, better known as ungespielt, is one of the biggest gaming personalities in Germany, with more than 2 million YouTube subscribers and 800,000 Twitch followers. Well known as a Minecraft Let's Player, he also loves to play World of Warcraft, and is currently focusing on PvE content with his Death Knight tank.
Mamytwink & Zecharia
Mamytwink and Zecharia are the founders of one of the biggest World of Warcraft fan sites in France, and one of the country's biggest gaming YouTube channels with more than 600,000 subscribers. They're also famous for their Blizzard world records, and their collection of useless but invaluable World of Warcraft feats and content.
Artem Okorokov, better known as Chronosh, is the voice of xDlate Production, one of the biggest Russian-speaking YouTube channels that focuses on Blizzard lore. The xDlate team creates quality Russian voiceovers for YouTube videos, including Diablo, Heroes of the Storm, and World of Warcraft, as well as other game and movie universes. The Russian WoW community best knows Chronosh as the narrator of the "History of the World of Warcraft," a series of WoW lore containing more than 40 chapters.
Heroes of the Storm
A high-level, fun-loving, competitive streamer whose unique playstyle and focus on carrying lets him bring a refreshing approach to the game.
MFPallytime strives to maintain a fun, positive gaming environment, where all are welcome, and has traveled all the way to gamescom from the USA to celebrate Heroes of the Storm with you!
Kendric is a die-hard Alliance fanboy who loves sharing his passion for Blizzard games with his audience. Supported by his loyal 'Royal Swissh Guard,' Kendric won't rest until all of his viewers—even Horde players—are having a good time.
Additionally bringing you live action, vloging and more from the show floor are:
DunkTrain @DunkTrain Marche @ggMarche Kiyeberries @Kiyeberries Selenityy @Selenityy SolidJakeGG @SolidJakeGG FerociouslySteph @FerociouslySteph Hearthstone
Jeffrey Shih, better known as TrumpSC, is a member of Tempo Storm with more than 750,000 subscribers on YouTube. He plays Hearthstone competitively and broadcasts insightful streams in which he tries to trump the competition.
Hafu got her start in gaming in competitive WoW Arena, winning multiple MLG and DreamHack tournaments. Now she's one of the biggest Hearthstone Arena streamers on Twitch, consistently placing high on the leaderboards while building an impressive community.
Thijs, also known in Hearthstone as ThijsNL, became the game's European champion twice, in both 2015 and 2016. Thijs is widely known for his innovative deckbuilding and analytical approach to the game. In addition to competing, Thijs streams more than 100 hours of Hearthstone a month to more than 300,000 followers on Twitch.
Daniel Märkisch, better known as C4mlann, is one of the biggest Hearthstone streamers in Germany. He has competed in many tournaments as a professional player, with high finishes. As a former university lecturer, C4mlann is known for his analytical approach as well as teaching and coaching the game live on stream.
Stylosa from Unit Lost absolutely loves Overwatch. He's obsessed with taking the high ground and helping people become better gamers. As he often tells his viewers on YouTube and Twitch: rank doesn't matter—improving as a player does!
Kathleen Belsten, better known as Loserfruit, is a full-time streamer from Melbourne, Australia. She plays a lot of Overwatch and entertains the citizens of Fruitopia with her daily escapades.
Mark 'Valkia' Purdy is a full-time Overwatch streamer and YouTuber from the United Kingdom well known for his Pharah gameplay and tutorials. Valkia has been a content producer for more than two years and avid gamer for nearly two decades.
Emily 'QueenE' Krumlinde is best known for her love of strategy, Blizzard games, and pizza. She's a full-time Overwatch streamer with roots in competitive StarCraft II.
Brandon 'Seagull' Larned is a veteran of the first-person shooter genre and has been a popular Overwatch streamer since the game's beta phase. Well known for his skills with Genji and Pharah, Seagull excels in a DPS role and has participated in multiple tournaments on a professional level.
Lowko is a video content creator on YouTube and Twitch. He delivers daily videos with a focus on StarCraft II, which he's been playing since the Wings of Liberty beta.
Winter has been playing StarCraft II since 2010. He casts Bronze League Heroes and has produced hours of insightful video guides to help players climb through the ranks with all three races. Winter makes it a nightly mission to share the latest commentary, insight, and dank memes with Twitch chat and the world. Whether he's competing at the top ranks or having fun in the arcade, Winter's mission is to love, live, and learn StarCraft II.
Our gamescom site will also be your source for a full schedule of stage activities, live streams, and more. Additional details about Blizzard at gamescom will be available soon, so stay tuned!