Terrible news continues to pour out of Blizzard like pus from of a festering wound around a splinter you forgot about and left for way too long. You should really get that looked at. Still, they must be drawing some comfort from the fact that Diablo II: Resurrected is out today, one of Blizz’s most beloved games of all time. Naturally, a lot of people will be excited for the remastered version. But if my tone is more immediately aggro than the last time I wrote about Diablerrected, that’s because I was previously playing the beta through the rose-tinted haze…
The US government’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are investigating Activision Blizzard over the company’s handling of sexual misconduct and harassment allegations. This comes just two months after the Call Of Duty publishers were sued by a State department for alleged workplace harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Now, The SEC have subpoenaed a number of high-level executives, reportedly including CEO Bobby Kotick, and have requested internal documents relating to the allegations. Read more
The Diablo 2: Resurrected beta opened its fiery gates to everyone last month, and by Alice B’s account it was quite the enjoyable nostalgia trip. Some players, however, may have been having a little too much fun – specifically though the use of ultrawide monitors, which Blizzard say will no longer receive full 21:9 aspect ratio support in the remaster. Read more
Blizzard Entertainment president J. Allen Brack stepped down from his position yesterday, leaving the Overwatch and World Of Warcraft developers. But he wasn’t the only executive to make a departure – Jesse Meschuk, Blizzard’s now-former senior vice president of HR, has also left the company. All of this follows a lawsuit that alleged Activision Blizzard’s company culture created a “breeding ground for harassment and discrimination against women”. Read more
The ongoing lawsuit against Activision Blizzard has made public some truly terrible and horrendous behavior that occurred across multiple studios and offices. Many women were allegedly sexually harassed, assaulted, and psychologically traumatized while the folks in power at the companies involved seemingly did little to stop or limit this behavior.
Median XL is one of the oldest and most popular mods for Diablo 2 – and it’s still being updated. A trailer was released last night for Sigma 2.0, the mod’s “largest engine and content patch.” It’ll bring new skills, progression changes, endgame content, and quality-of-life features including a revamped UI, colour blind mode, and 4K rescaling. You can find the trailer below ahead of its August 27th release. Read more
As employees at Activision Blizzard prepare for today’s Walkout for Equality, streamers, developers, and gamers from around the world are showing their support through charitable donations, game boycotts, and by signal-boosting the event.
In a statement released today, Activison Blizzard employees announced plans to stop work from 10am to 2pm on Wednesday in protest against working conditions at the company. The announcement comes after the State Of California filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard for alleged harassment and discrimination within the workplace, and after an open letter signed by over 2600 employees was released yesterday which condemned the “abhorrent” corporate response to the allegations. Today’s walkout announcement includes a list of demands that the employees feel would “improve conditions for employees at the company, especially women, and in particular women of color and…
Peter Wellman spectated a few friends playing a five versus five workshop mode to get an idea of what Overwatch 2 might feel like Continue reading 5 things I learnt about Overwatch’s 5v5 change after testing it in custom games
World Of Warcraft Classic has had aughties Azeroth lovers back in the original days of Blizzard’s mega MMO for a while now. If the nostalgia of early WoW has worn off, don’t you worry. You can now load up the nostalgia of awaiting its first expansion. The Burning Crusade Classic pre-expansion patch is live now, after a bit of extended downtime last night, so you can hop in and start working on your level 1 Blood Elf ahead of next month’s crusade if you’d like. Read more
Today, the Overwatch League announced changes to the way fans can watch its streams.
And if you still have them?
Yesterday, Blizzard released a collection of the studio’s classic games. But the studio also gave a warning to those looking to stream one of the games, Rock n’ Roll Racing on Twitch: Turn off the music. All of it.
Fascinating remaster technical chat from a BlizzCon panel
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