StarCraft, Blizzard’s evergreen (and only surviving) real time strategy series is turning 20 next month. If, like me, you were there and wondering if your Pentium 133 would run the game when it launched in 1998, you may be reading this in the grip of an existential crisis, horrified by the relentless passage of time. Not to worry, grizzled veterans of the Koprulu campaign, Blizzard’s giving away free StarCraft themed goodies across all of their games to soften the blow. Continue reading StarCraft is turning 20 and we’ve never felt older. There’s free stuff though, if that helps
After several days of teasers and speculation, Blizzard have revealed the latest hero joining the now 27-strong line up in Overwatch. Brigitte Lindholm, daughter of Swedish weapons master Torbjorn, is a tank/support hybrid, sporting one of the most unique kits of any character introduced so far. Continue reading Overwatch‘s latest hero is Brigitte Lindholm — support/tank hyrbid and jill of all trades
Australian and New Zealand players who think they’ve got what it takes to play in the Overwatch League can put their skills to the test when the Overwatch Contenders league touches down locally next month. Continue reading Want to join the Overwatch League? Overwatch Contenders begins in Aus and NZ in March
With Stage 2 of the Overwatch League’s inaugural season set to begin next week, Blizzard have announced a few changes to their broadcast lineup stemming from viewer feedback across Stage 1. This means a few timeslots are going to change. What does that mean for you, ANZ viewer? Continue reading The Overwatch League is making a few changes to its broadcast schedule for Stage 2
Overwatch‘s Lunar New Year event returns next week according to an announcement from the game’s official Twitter account. The seasonal event begins on February 9 in Australia. Continue reading Overwatch Year of the Dog event begins next week
After months of quietly dropping hints, the trickle of information about Battle for Azeroth, the next expansion in Blizzard’s legendary MMMORPG World of Warcraft, is beginning to resemble a small wave. From its winter release window, the return of the classic Orcs vs Humans conflict, and the reveal of its intriguing new Warfronts mode, there’s plenty for returning veterans and curious new fans alike to be excited about. We spoke to Battle for Azeroth senior game designer Paul Kubit and World of Warcraft producer Shani Edwards via email to find out more. Continue reading Games Interview: Blizzard’s Paul Kubit and Shani Edwards discuss the road to World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth
In its first three weeks of competition, the Overwatch League, Blizzard’s ambitious tilt at an organised esports league, has been dominated by a triumvirate of Korean supersquads. All three have confidently held gold, silver and bronze on the ladder since the competition began. Many, ourselves included, wondered what, if anything, Blizzard could do to ensure a season that hadn’t been conclusively decided the moment it began. Training and team ingenuity, it seemed, was only going to take the Overwatch League so far.
With Stage 1 of the competition winding up this week, we may have our answer: trades and free agents.
Continue reading Could the trade window finally break the Korean stranglehold on the Overwatch League?
Trying to explain Overwatch‘s newest map, Blizzard World, is really weird. There is so much going on here, and so many logical and logistical cul-de-sacs to navigate, its easy to get lost in it. Let me try to explain. Continue reading Overwatch‘s Blizzard World update has finally arrived
Heroes of the Storm feels like a place where Blizzard Entertainment can have fun with their own back catalogue. From the anime–inspired Mecha skins for Diablo III‘s Tyrael to the ever popular Deathwing variant for Overwatch‘s D.va, new Heroes skins give the impression that Blizzard is happy to have a little fun at their own expense. We got the chance to chat via email with Ted Park, Lead Character Artist on Heroes of the Storm, about the creative process surrounding the hero skins fans have come to love. Continue reading Games Interview: Heroes of the Storm Lead Character Artist Ted Park on how Blizzard creates your favourite skins and models
If there’s a problem with Blizzard Entertainment’s big esports gamble, Overwatch League, (beyond its rather obvious lack of female players and presenters) it’s that the divide in the skill level between its best teams and its less talented ones is pretty stark. Continue reading The Overwatch League is only a week old and there’s already a problem emerging