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Blizzard celebrate “incredible decrease” in toxic chat

In a new virtual ‘fireside chat’, Blizzard head honcho J. Allen Brack has given an update on the success of their anti-toxicity systems. They’ve been using machine learning to help combat abusive chat and bad behaviour in Overwatch and Heroes Of The Storm for a while, and recently brought the system to World Of Warcraft’s public channels. It sounds like a success there too. Brack also announced that the next BlizzCon, which is online-only, will be free for everyone to watch. (more…)

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Online-only ‘BlizzConline’ announced for February 2021

By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 21 September 2020 20:40 GMT Activision Blizzard has announced BlizzConline, an all-digital, online-only event that will be the alternative to a physical BlizzCon 2020.Earlier this year, Blizzard announced that it would cancel this year’s event – BlizzCon 2020 – ‘in light of all the health and safety considerations’ the company would want to make.Now, to make up for the event’s cancellation, the studio has announced BlizzConline. The new event will take place on February 19 and February 20, 2021. At the time of writing, it is unclear whether or not the event is going to be free,…

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BlizzCon Online is scheduled for February 2021

As with most other physical conventions this year, BlizzCon 2020 is cancelled due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. Blizzard said that they wanted to take the con online but didn’t think they’d be able to squeeze it into this calendar year. They were right on that front, but you won’t be waiting until next November for the con to return. Honorary BlizzCon 2020 will now officially take place in February 2021, they’ve announced. (more…)