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Blizzard announced their plans to discontinue the support of Windows XP / Vista later this year, meaning you won't be able to play the games on said platforms. Once the games aren't supported, you will need to upgrade your operating system to play.
Starting later this year, we will begin the process of ending support for Windows XP and Windows Vista in World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm. Microsoft ceased mainstream support for these versions of Windows in 2009 and 2012, respectively, but since a decent portion of our audience was still using them at the time, we continued supporting them. However, there have been three major Windows releases since Vista, and at this point, the vast majority of our audience has upgraded to one of the newer versions.
After these older operating systems are no longer supported, the games will not run on them, so we encourage any players who are still using one of the older OSes to upgrade to a newer version. We’ll be rolling out this change on a staggered schedule, and will post further notices as we get closer to making the change for each game.
Activision Blizzard has revealed its results for the last quarter of 2016, as well as some general information about the previous year. Overwatch was the big winner for Blizzard in 2016.
2016 was one the best years ever for Activision Blizzard and its Blizzard Entertainment division. To be more precise, Blizzard had its highest average Monthly Active Users (MAUs) in 2016 at 36 million, up 37% from 2016 and 87% from 2014. For the last quarter of 2016, Blizzard's MAUs rose to 41 million.
As far as player investment is concerned, Blizzard had record levels of quarterly and full-year in-game revenues, driven by World of Warcraft in-game content and continued strength of Overwatch customization items. An interesting detail is that Blizzard doesn't depend that much on World of Warcraft for its earnings (more than 60% of its segments revenues came from its other franchises) and that 20% of its revenues came from consoles.
There are plans for more linear media (that is comics, digital animated movies and perhaps even TV series or films) planned for all of Blizzard's titles - especially, though, for Overwatch. Blizzard's newest title proved to be a success since it became the company's fastest game ever to reach 25 million players, surpassing Diablo III's previous record.
Lastly, World of Warcraft's subscribers grew by 10% in 2016 and over 20% in the last months of 2016, proving that Legion has managed to revitalise the game. Hearthstone also saw its playerbase rise by 20% last year. There was no mention of Heroes of the Storm, Diablo III and StarCraft 2.
You can find the entire report here and the slideshow presentation here.
Associate Community Representative Tim Frazier better known as "Trikslyr" has announced that he's leaving Blizzard to pursue his caster career. So far he's doing a tremendous job at HGC and yesterday's game between Misfits and Fnatic was a good example!
The first announcement was made some time ago on reddit.
Taking the casting position was a contracted position, not a position posted as a Blizzard employee. So, long story short, I'm no longer a Blizzard employee, thus no flair.
But, I get to cast and be a part of HGC and work side by side with Blizzard! Pretty exciting.
Yesterday, he reconfirmed it on Twitter.
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Blizzard is doing an excellent job to stop botters. The company won another lawsuit against Bossland, the creator of Honorbuddy, one of WoW's most advanced and popular bots. As a result, sales of Honorbuddy must cease in Germany.
Money is running out and the bot makers will need to move their operations outside of Germany. Blizzard has also been improving Warden's anti-cheating detection algorithms lately, resulting in many banwaves last year. It's worth noting that lawsuits between Blizzard and Bossland are ongoing for several years now and this is the longest time a botting provider was able to keep up with Blizzard without immediately taking down their services.
Bossland is running out of money, because of expensive lawsuits and low sales, so instead of bringing down the service, they reverted lifetime keys to 2 years. The official court decision isn't yet available to the public.
Props to Blizzard for striving to make WoW a fair game!
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Diablo is leaking into all the Blizzard franchises during its 20th anniversary, with tavern brawls, portraits, sprays and more showing up everywhere! It seems there's more to come as well, as this announcement is keeping some events close to the vest.
We know a little bit more about the secret WoW event, as we previously datamined some Diablo-themed items (including a bag and guitar!), so in case you missed it, you can check out that preview here.
As we approach the original game’s release anniversary on December 31, Blizzard Entertainment is thrilled to commemorate twenty years of Diablo. We’re ready to celebrate our passion for the world of Sanctuary and the brave heroes who inhabit it!
Starting soon, you can experience special in-game events and goodies in Diablo III, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Overwatch, StarCraft II, and World of Warcraft to celebrate a few of the things we love about Diablo. These events and items will only be available for a limited time, so be sure to check them all out before they’re gone.
A small taste of each tribute is below—keep an eye out for more details about these celebrations. And thank you, all of you, for allowing us to continue adventuring in the world of Sanctuary. Here’s to twenty years of loot!
Recapture the feeling of your first play through of the original Diablo with The Darkening of Tristram tribute event. Venture through a reimagined version of the original cathedral in Diablo III and keep an eye out for some familiar items.
Heroes of the Storm:
The battle for the High Heavens continues, and a new Diablo-themed portrait is up for grabs! Can you emerge victorious on this hectic new brawl map?
In this Tavern Brawl, a hooded stranger awaits, holding a grim deck in his hands. Will you unravel the secrets surrounding this dark wanderer?
Bring the battle for Sanctuary into the fight for the future with in-game sprays representing your favorite Diablo III classes—along with a new player icon modeled after the Lord of Terror!
Put the Lord of Terror to work for you with a Diablo-themed worker portrait.
World of Warcraft:
Strange things are afoot in the world of Azeroth as denizens of Sanctuary cross over into an unfamiliar world.