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Is World Of Warcraft On The Rise?

November 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Gaming

Blizzard is happy and why shouldn’t they be as World of Warcraft subscriptions are up. The reason for the increase can be traced to the release of the latest expansion pack which was recently released. The latest WOW expansion pack is called Warlords of Draeno and its release has driven subscriptions to 10 million.

Selling over 3.3 million copies of the Warlords of Draenor on the first day alone, growth has been seen in all major territories since release. The numbers do include those players that are using the 1 month free subscription that comes with the expansion pack. WoW subscriptions had climbed to 7.4 million last quarter after being down.

Of course the release of Warlords of Draenor has not been without its problems. Still Blizzard says that they are working around the clock to address them. Owners have been offered free play time as compensation.


Diablo III Goes Free To Play

August 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Gaming

Blizzard has made available a trial version of Diablo III, its recently launched swords and spells game.

Diablo III was an instant smash when it was released, and if there is anyone left that wants to play it but hasn’t yet, then this is for them.

The Diablo III Starter Edition gives you limited access to the game, but it is free. If you want to play it you have three options: one, you can log in to the with an existing account; two, you can borrow the game disc off a friend and install it using what is called a Guest Pass; or three, you can create a new account.

Do any of those things and you have access to a version of the game that is missing some features and only carries you through to level 13, but what do you want for free?

As a player you can fight your way up to the Skeleton King boss in Act I, and advance all the way to level 13, according to Blizzard. There are no auction facilities, and players can only indulge in multiplayer sessions with other Starter Edition players.

If you like what you see and want to upgrade, that’s easy, and Blizzard said that the Starter Edition restrictions will be removed within 72 hours of full game payment.

Diablo III is the fastest selling PC game title to date.




Is Blizzard In Support Of Windows 8?

July 30, 2012 by  
Filed under Computing

Valve ‘boss’ Gabe Newell caused quite a stir this week when he remarked during a talk at Casual Connect in Seattle that Microsoft’s Windows 8 is “kind of a catastrophe for everybody in the PC space.” Some are saying that Windows 8 is the next “Vista” and that it’s not too friendly for consumers or developers. Recently, Rob Pardo, executive vice president of game design at Blizzard, took to Twitter to endorse Newell’s comment.

Pardo commented on the “nice” interview that former Xbox executive Ed Fries did with Newell, and he then proceeded to note that Windows 8 is “not awesome for Blizzard either.”

The big concern from Newell and others is that Microsoft will make Windows 8 a closed system. It’s been suggested that Microsoft will seek more control over various applications and purchases made through Windows 8, but the company has yet to announce full details.



Blizzard Gives Some Workers The Boot

March 2, 2012 by  
Filed under Gaming

Blizzard is to axe 600 jobs following an internal review. Around 90 per cent of these reductions will be unrelated to internal development, and the World of Warcraft development team is not affected.

“Constant evaluation of teams and processes is necessary for the long-term health of any business,” said CEO of Blizzard Mike Morhaime.

“Over the last several years, we’ve grown our organisation tremendously and made large investments in our infrastructure in order to better serve our global community. However, as Blizzard and the industry have evolved we’ve also had to make some difficult decisions in order to address the changing needs of our company.

“Knowing that, it still does not make letting go of some of our team members any easier. We’re grateful to have had the opportunity to work with the people impacted by today’s announcement, we’re proud of the contributions they made here at Blizzard, and we wish them well as they move forward.”

Blizzard’s World of Warcraft shed around 1.7 million subscribers between October and September last year, with total numbers as of November 2011 at 10.3 million players.

The publisher said that forthcoming releases, such as Diablo 3, would not be affected by the redundancies.



World of Warcraft Losing Gamers

November 9, 2011 by  
Filed under Gaming

Blizzard has revealed it has lost almost a million users for its “World of Warcraft” after years as being the by-word in online games.

Halfway through a results conference call, executives said it finished the quarter with 10.3 million active subscribers to World of Warcraft, the online role-playing game that generated more than a $1 billion in revenue last year. But all that was down from 11.1 million subscribers at the end of the previous quarter and Wall Street is fretting that the age of WoW is over.

The steep fall in regular-paying users makes the company more vulnerable to its main rival, Electronic Arts, which is releasing a highly anticipated online game based on “Star Wars” in December. Activision said it was working on developing new content to improve its game and bring new players back to WoW..

Things are not going well in the gaming industry. Yesterday Take-Two Interactive reported a net loss and warned that its top sports title “NBA 2K11” would take a sales hit because of labour strife that has delayed the start of the National Basketball Association season.

Activision raised its earnings per share forecast for the year by 10 percent because it expected “Call of Duty” to perform better than it had planned. The game went on sale at midnight on Tuesday. The last edition of “Call of Duty” made the outfit $1 billion in revenue in less than two months, which set an industry record.




WoW Goes Semi Free-to-Play

June 29, 2011 by  
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Hugely popular MMO World Of Warcraft is now free to play up to level 20, with no limits on time or the number of characters that can be created.

Free to play gamers won’t be able to access certain features like guilds, voice chat or to collect more than ten gold, but can access the quests available to paying subscribers. Previously the MMO only offered free ten day trials.

Blizzard also announced that players with an existing account will receive the Burning Crusade expansion pack for free.

Characters that reach level 20 during the free trial will stop earning experience points, and players will have to purchase the game and a paid subscription to continue working towards the top level of 85.

Subscription prices range from $14.99 for one month to $77.94 for six.

As of March the MMO had 11.4 million subscribers, and Blizzard is currently preparing to launch the Cataclysm expansion pack in China.


Diablo III Finally Coming To Consoles

February 18, 2011 by  
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Ladies and Gentlemen apparently the wait is over; Blizzardwill finally enter the very competitive console market. Blizzard is confirmed to be looking to hire a senior producer to work specifically on the console version of Diablo III and they are moving full steam ahead with the project.

We are hearing that Blizzard is searching for an experienced seasoned producer who has experience with shipping at least one AAA console title in his/her career. As Mike Morhaime, CEO of Blizzard, said at the DICE summit, the company had been looking at the possibility of bringing Diablo III to the console market space for a while.

Unfortunately, no one knows when a console version of Diablo III might hit the streets or if it will arrive at the same time as the PC version. It is very likely that Diablo III will not arrive this year and it is more likely to be released in 2012, based on the latest information from Activision. Nevertheless, rumors abound suggest that more details surrounding the specifics will be discussed during E3 in June, including confirmation of what consoles the title will debut; it is a safe bet that it will be for the PS3 and Xbox 360.