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Blizzard suing 10 StarCraft 2 hackers over cheat software

Blizzard Entertainment filed suit against 10 unnamed StarCraft 2 hackers this week, alleging that their actions cause "serious harm to the value" of the game.  According to the complaint filed May 19 in a California court, the defendants circumvent Blizzard's Warden software, which prevents unauthorized access to the game, stops users from loading unauthorized copies and monitors StarCraft 2 for "malicious or unauthorized software products," thus preventing cheats and hacks. Bypassing Warden violates Battle.net's Terms of Use and the game's End User License Agreement, according to the document.  Blizzard believes that the 10 defendants distribute, develop or sell the unauthorized software, are "well aware" of Blizzard's prohibitions and cause "immediate, massive and irreparable" harm...

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Killer Instinct will be in Major League Gaming's Anaheim lineup

Xbox One-exclusive fighting game Killer Instinct will be in Major League Gaming's official lineup for its tournament in Anaheim, MLG confirmed to Polygon today. The tournament will run from June 21-22 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, and players will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000. Other games that have been confirmed for the tournament include Call of Duty: Ghosts, StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm and Super Smash Bros. Melee. Passes to compete in the Killer Instinct tournament will go on sale Thursday April 24 at 5 p.m. ET. Spectator passes are now on sale. MLG will announce further details about the Killer Instinct track of the tournament tomorrow. Details about how to compete and attend MLG Anaheim are available via the MLG website.

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Activision reports $1.5B revenue for holiday quarter, rise in WoW subscribers

Activision Blizzard announced today that its fourth quarter earnings were better than expected, with the company bringing in more than $1.5 billion in revenue. During the 2013 calendar year, the Activision Blizzard earned $4.58 billion in GAAP net revenues, down from $4.85 billion in the 2012 calendar year. The publisher took the top spot in console and handheld publishing in North America and Europe, with Call of Duty and Skylanders being among the top three best-selling franchises in 2013. World of Warcraft also held onto its place as the number one subscription-based MMO, with 7.8 million subscribers. That's an increase in subscribers from the previous quarter, in which Activision announced 7.6 million subscribers. Other financial highlights include StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm...

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'Ender's Game' film producers launch StarCraft 2 tournament (update)

The production companies behind last year's Ender's Game film are launching a new kind of movie tie-in this week: a $20,000 StarCraft 2 tournament featuring 32 of the top players in the U.S., the companies announced today. Lionsgate and OddLot Entertainment are partnering with Major League Gaming and Twitch for the competition, which is known as the "Ender's Game on Blu-ray Tournament." Two qualifying rounds featuring 16 players each will take place over the next two weeks: The first will run from Feb. 5-9 on Twitch, and the second will run from Feb. 11-16 on MLG.TV. Twitch is reaching out to "key StarCraft communities," according to a press release, in order to find top talent for the Twitch round of the tournament. MLG will invite 12 players in the 16-person field for its round,...

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Blizzard begins rolling out StarCraft 2 Patch 2.1

The long-awaited Patch 2.1 for StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm is rolling out this week, developer Blizzard Entertainment announced today. According to Blizzard's schedule for the gradual rollout, the studio released the patch today in the Americas and Europe. Patch 2.1 will be available Jan. 22 in China, Korea and Taiwan, and Jan. 23 in Oceania and Southeast Asia. Blizzard acknowledged that the schedule is different for the latter two regions, which usually get patches on Mondays; the studio said that it will return to that plan for future patches. Players will be asked to update StarCraft 2 once they connect to a server in a region that has already received the patch. Once they've installed the patch, they won't be able to play with people in regions that haven't yet received the...

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StarCraft 2 patch 2.1's Carbot rewards and quad XP bonus

StarCraft 2 patch 2.1 will bring new rewards and a significant XP boost to the real-time strategy game, according to a Battle.net post today. Blizzard will include the Carbot Animations-themed portraits and decals pictured below for each race, for a total of six. To earn the decals and portraits, players need to reach levels 32 and 35, respectively, with Protoss, Terran or Zerg. Blizzard will also quadruple the XP associated with the "First Win of the Day" bonus, so that each day's first win will reward players 100,000 XP. Last month, Blizzard detailed the clan and group changes coming in patch 2.1.

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StarCraft 2 season one of 2014 league play is now underway

Season one of 2014 StarCraft 2 league play is now underway, according to an announcement on Battle.net. Along with the start of season one, Blizzard is bringing new maps to the one-versus-one and two-versus-two ladder map pools. League placement, as well as hidden skill ratings in matchmaking, will carry over between seasons. This means that players who were already in a league prior to the end of 2013's season six will only have to play one placement match to get season one of 2014 underway. On Friday, Jan. 3, Blizzard will also apply a free character name change to all accounts that currently do not have one available. Players can only have one name change at a time and are advised to use the upcoming name change when it hits. Milestones from the tail end of the previous season,...

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Blizzard details clan, group changes in StarCraft 2 Patch 2.1

Patch 2.1 for StarCraft 2 will include a bunch of changes to clans and groups, including interface optimizations and usability improvements, explained developer Blizzard Entertainment in a blog post yesterday. Club officers and owners will now be able to create events with a new Events tab at the top of a clan or group window. This allows those individuals to schedule events like practices and other activities on a club-wide basis. Clubs can also be personalized with custom image uploads for club icons. A different customization option will be available in Patch 2.1 for clans. Custom clan decals, which have image requirements that are essentially identical to club icons, will show up in StarCraft 2 games like tags in Counter-Strike. StarCraft 2 players can try these new features right...

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Activision beats its expectations for third-quarter 2013 earnings

Activision's performance during the third quarter of its 2013 fiscal year surpassed expectations, and the publisher is revising its guidance for the fourth quarter, according to the company's latest financial report. Activision pulled in $691 million of net revenue during the three-month period ending Sept. 30, lower than the $841 million of net revenue from the same quarter a year ago but 8.8 percent ahead of the publisher's expectation of $635 million. Net revenue came in at $409 million, 59 percent of the total — a record-high proportion for Activision's third quarter. Continued sales of two major titles from 2012, Skylanders Giants and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, helped drive Activision's performance — they were two of the top five best-selling games in both North America and...

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StarCraft 2 players will soon be able to test Heart of the Swarm 2.1

The version 2.1 patch for StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm is on its way, and developer Blizzard Entertainment wants players to provide feedback on it through the game's Public Test Realm, the studio announced yesterday. According to Blizzard, update 2.1 will be available for players to try out "soon after BlizzCon," which takes place next weekend. In order to participate in the test, users will need a StarCraft 2 account and the Battle.net desktop app. The studio hasn't yet provided details on what the patch will contain, but said, "Whether you're a mapmaker, an eSports enthusiast, an Arcade hero or just love playing StarCraft 2, Patch 2.1 will have something that's right up your alley."

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    • Released 03/12/2013
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