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Christmas is around the corner and if you're looking for the perfect gift for your friends, the €20/£15 Blizzard Gift Card is now available at select retailers across Europe.
The recipient can simply claim the code on the back of the card to top up their Blizzard Balance and purchase various goodies across all Blizzard games.
Have you ever wanted to give a friend a few Loot Boxes for Overwatch? Or gift that epic Luminous Starseeker mount to your World of Warcraft guildmate? Or a Hero from Heroes of the Storm, or some Card Packs in Hearthstone? Good news! We’ve got you covered with one simple solution — the Blizzard Gift Card.
This €20/£15 gift card is now available at a wide range of retailers across Europe. Simply pick one up at any of the partner stores and give it to a friend. All they need to do is claim the code on the back of the card in order to charge up their Blizzard Balance, which can be used to purchase a variety of Blizzard digital items, games, and services. You can also use the gift card to charge up your own balance.
You’ll find a list of retailers offering the Blizzard Gift Card at our giftcards page:
For a full overview of what you can buy with Blizzard Balance, visit the Blizzard Shop. Here are just a few examples of the cool stuff you can give a friend via the Blizzard Gift Card:
Overwatch Loot Boxes: with four items in each Loot Box, you're sure to be pleased with your assortment of Overwatch goodies!
World of Warcraft pets and mounts: take to Azeroth's skies in style on an epic mount or adopt a cute pet.
Hearthstone Card Packs: level up your collection and dominate your opponents in this insanely fun strategy card game!
Heroes of the Storm Collection: pick up your favorite heroes, deck them out in the best-looking skins and mounts, then complete your collection with banners, sprays, voice lines and more!
StarCraft II Expansions, Mission Packs, Commanders, Announcers, and more: enhance your gameplay experience and choose your own path to glory in the Koprulu sector!
Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer: Nephalem, discover the unique power of the Necromancer to defeat the evil forces of Sanctuary!
Remember that you can also gift your friends specific digital items directly from the Blizzard Shop.
Black Friday sale is here and you can save up to 66% on Battle.net Shop and Playstation Store until November 27!
All Activision Blizzard games can be purchased at a reduced price as digital downloads on Battle.net Shop through November 26. You can for example get 10$/10EUR off Battle for Azeroth and by adding a second license to your Battle.net account, a level 110 Character Boost will only cost you 39.99$/34.99 EUR. Activision games including Black Ops 4 or the Destiny 2 expansion are on sale as well.
Click here to access Battle.net Shop (EU)
Click here to access Battle.net Shop (US)
Black Friday sale also applies to consoles. Overwatch Legendary Edition (PS4) can be purchased for 19.79$ instead of 59.99$. Diablo III: Eternal Collection (PS4) is down to 19.79$ from 59.99$ until November 27.
Executive Producer Allen Adham and Principal Game Designer Wyatt Cheng confirmed at BlizzCon's Diablo Immortal press conference that many of Blizzard's best developers are currently working on new mobile titles across all IPs.
No autoplay is planned for the game right now. Diablo Immortal does not have the Witch Doctor. The six classes have been chosen to represent a variety of playstyles. The game will have content updates over time and the plan is to release additional classes in the future. In terms of Blizzard's approach to mobile gaming, they have many of their best developers now working on new mobile titles across all IPs. Some of them are with external partners like Diablo Immortal, many of them are being developed internally only and they'll have information to share in the future. They have more new products in development today than they've ever had in their history and the future is "very bright". Diablo Immortal is being designed so that everybody can play it from all ages. The game won't be mature-rated. The level of fidelity on mobile is becoming very close to the kinds of games we can see on PC and console. There are some key differences in play sessions and play patterns. The reason why they're bringing Diablo to mobile is to introduce the game to a much broader audience. Netease has been Blizzard's partner in China for almost 10 years. Skepticism demonstrates intellectual curiosity and what people saw at BlizzCon did not really meet their expectations. Allen Adham repeated that the company is currently working on multiple unannounced Diablo projects for die-hard PC fans.
Quarterly results of the Activison Blizzard Investor Call are here and Blizzard has 37 million monthly active users across all games, same as in Q2 2018.
Activision launched Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blizzard released World of Warcraft: Battle of Azeroth King launched Candy Crush Friends Saga Franchise Expansion onto Mobile
Many top mobile games are based on IP originally created for console or PC Hearthstone fanbase grew significantly upon its mobile launch Investing in mobile releases for Activision and Blizzard franchises Many more initiatives underway across the entire company Audience Reach (345 MAUs -- Activision = 46M, Blizzard = 37M, King = 262M monthly active users)
Candy Crush Saga MAUs grew Y/Y In October, King launched Candy Crush Friends Saga, building on five years of learing in Candy Crush The game has reached the top of iPhone download charts in 93 countries While still early, retention and monetization metrics are strong, and the game is on pace to drive meaningful growth for the franchise World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth set a new day-one franchise record with more than 3.4 million units sold-through World of Warcraft engagement grew strongly Q/Q, and the expansion saw strong participation in value-added services Heartshtone continues to attract new players, surpassing 100 million life-to-date registered players Destiny MAUs grew Q/Q and Y/Y, driven by the launch of Forsaken and reach initiatives for the base game Activision MAUs increased significantly in October following the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Black Ops 4 versus Black Ops III (the highest-grossing game in the franchise) in the first three weeks after launch: Units sold-through were higher; PC units sold-through were over 3x higher Total active users were 16% higher Hours playerd were 20%+ higher Deep Engagement & Player Investment
Continue to add new ways for fans to show their passion for or great franchises, including esport, linear content and social connections. Continue to innovate in how additional content is offered, to drive strong engagement and commercial performance. Activision Blizzard
Players spent a record 52 minutes per day in Activision, Blizzard, and King games in the quarter. Viewership of our games was up significantly this quarter. Call of Duty
In the month of October, Activision Blizzard had seven of the top 20 most viewed games on the industry's largest streaming platform, including Black Ops 4 where vierwership cotinues to break franchise records. Overwatch League
The Overwatch League continues to build on the success of its inaugural season with the announcement of the sale of another six teams in September, again at substantioally higher valuations than team prices in the first sesason The latest sales take the league to 20 total teams, with nine of these teams outside the U.S. BlizzCon & World of Warcraft & Diablo
In November, BlizzCon drew over 40,000 fans in person with millions more livestreaming from around the world Announcements included new content for every franchinse and Diablo Immortal for mobile Q3 2018 Segment Results // Blizzard
Q3 Segment Net Revenues: $635M Q3 Segment Operating Income: $189M (30% operating margin) Key Highlights
Revenues grew 20% Y/Y, driven by World of Warcraft and the Battle for Azeroth expansion, which offset lower revenues for Overwatch & Hearthstone, with the latter facing a tough comp Operative income grew 13% Y/Y as revenue growth offset investments in strategic initiatives, including the Overwatch League, other esports activities, Battle.net, and franchise incubation across multiple platforms Check out the full presentation here.
BlizzPlanet interviewed Robert Bridenbecker, Vice President of Technology, Strategy and Planning, on Warcraft 3: Reforged. The interview focuses on the engine overhaul and assets, Battle.net Launcher transition, as well as the World Editor and mapmaking’s capabilities side.
With the remaster of Warcraft 3 announced, it's natural that all kinds of question about how the 2002 iconic game would be re-animated (literally) with modern graphics. Robert Bridenbecker explained all the technical details and challenges the team has faced.
Here is a recap of the most interesting points of the interview:
The same team that worked on StarCraft Remastered worked on this. There are no plans for new story content or DLCs yet, they are focused on the pre-existing game. Animation variety of units and generic portraits from the original WC3 will be updated to be unique. They used the original WC3 engine that has been evolved on the graphics side, with modern trimmings like wide screen support, Battle.net support and lag/networking issues addressed. A brand new engine would break existing functionalities. The map editor is there and there's compatibility with the original version of the game. They want to have all custom maps working for Reforged. Moddable UI: they are talking about it, an area to explore – not a day 1 feature probably. You will be able to switch from old to new graphics, but it won't be instant like in SC Remastered. It's feasible to make SD and HD assets work together. No decisions yet on changes on unit pathfinding and AI improvements. They are in dialogue with the community on this and they are open to exploring it. They have also reached out to players for other potential changes to the original experience (gameplay, balance). They want to be careful with this as they want to be as close to the original as possible. They've made a lot of bug fixes. There are no plans for classic games on other platforms, but it's always something on their mind. Warcraft 3: Reforged will contain the original version of the game.