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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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'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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Dive into the Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Collector's Edition

Diablo 3 developer Blizzard Entertainment provided details today on the Collector's Edition of the game's upcoming expansion, Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, with an image showing off all of its contents on Battle.net. The Collector's Edition contains a trove of physical goods. Inside are a disc copy of the expansion on both Mac and Windows PC; a soundtrack CD; a two-disc "Behind the Scenes" Blu-ray/DVD set; and a hardcover copy of The Art of Reaper of Souls. Along with all the discs and books, Collector's Edition buyers will get a few pieces of exclusive in-game content for three different Blizzard games: the Spectral Hound minion, ageless helms and Malthael-inspired weapons for Diablo 3; the Treasure Goblin pet for World of Warcraft; and Crusader portraits and Malthael decals for S...

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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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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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Blizzard extends Black Friday sale to Jan 1

Blizzard Entertainment is extending its Black Friday sale to Jan. 1, the company announced today. The original Black Friday sale included discounts of up to 75 percent on World of Warcraft, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria and World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Digital Deluxe Edition. It also offered 50 percent off StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty, Heart of the Swarm and Heart of the Swarm Digital Deluxe Edition. The European store offered (and continues to offer at the time of writing) similar discounts. All the digital offers can be gifted. The sale in the U.S. store ends Jan. 1, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

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These are the in-game goodies you get for attending BlizzCon

Whether they're making the trip to California or following along online with virtual tickets, BlizzCon attendees will receive a pack of in-game goodies for Blizzard games, the developer announced today. Attendees will receive a banner for Diablo 3, a mystery minion for the upcoming Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, a portrait and decal for StarCraft 2 and a pet for World of Warcraft. You can check out the details in the official artwork below. BlizzCon's competitions, panels, tournaments and more will take place Nov. 8-9 in Anaheim, Calif., and Polygon will be there to bring you all the news. The items above will be available after the show begins, and those interested in attending and grabbing the goodies can purchase virtual tickets online for $39.99.

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Esports web series visits Red Bull's StarCraft 2 training grounds

The latest installment of "This is eSports" visits Red Bull's National Headquarters, where StarCraft 2 players are training for a chance at entering a major tournament. Eight pro players from Europe, North America and Korea are here training and practicing, says the event coordinator Rob Simpson. This is where they get the chance to try something new and work out troubles in their gameplay. The winner of the mini-tournament will receive $2,500 and be entered in Red Bull's marquee tournament Battlegrounds later this year, a StarCraft 2 event with $50,000 in prize money up for grabs. As famed StarCraft 2 commentator Sean "Day[9]" Plott points out, this isn't just about practicing your gameplay, it's practicing how you play under different conditions and how to shut off negative thoughts...

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BlizzCon Virtual Tickets now on sale for $39.99

Blizzard Entertainment fans who can't make it to BlizzCon in person will be able to watch the festivities by purchasing a Virtual Ticket, which is now on sale, the studio announced today. For $39.99, buyers get access to two high-definition livestreams that cover both days of the convention, which runs from Nov. 8-9 in Anaheim, Calif., at the Anaheim Convention Center. That includes panels and interviews with Blizzard developers, the Costume Contest and Talent Contest (hosted by comedian Jay Mohr), the closing ceremony and access to on-demand replays for up to two weeks after the end of the show. Anyone who buys a Virtual Ticket will also receive the BlizzCon-exclusive digital content for World of Warcraft, StarCraft 2, Diablo 3 and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. In addition,...

StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty Releases
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  • Windows
    • Released 07/27/2010
    • Publisher Blizzard Entertainment
    • Developer Blizzard Entertainment
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