World of Warcraft

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Activision Blizzard shareholders approve the company’s $69 billion acquisition by Microsoft

Shareholders in Activision Blizzard approved overwhelmingly to accept Microsoft Corporation’s offer of $68.7 billion (£54.66 billion) to acquire the company at yesterday’s Special Meeting of Stockholders. More than 98% of the shares voted in favour of the buyout offer, Activision Blizzard confirmed in a statement released on their website. The largest payment for a technology company in recorded history, toppling Dell’s acquisition of EMC Data Storage from 2016, it’s now expected the deal will conclude during Microsoft’s fiscal year, which ends on June 30th 2023. Read more

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World of Warcraft’s next expansion is Dragonflight, has plenty of dragons

Blizzard Entertainment revealed the latest expansion for their mega-MMORPG World of Warcraft, the high-fantasy Dragonflight, last night. It has an Azeroth-load of dragons in it. That is all. Well, not all, because Blizzard also showed off that Wrath of the Lich King is coming to World of Warcraft Classic later this year. WoW, it’s not just the economy that feels like 2008. Read more

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World of Warcraft players will soar to the Dragon Isles in the Dragonflight expansion

The dragon aspects have returned home to reclaim their rightful kingdom. Blizzard has announced Dragonflight, the latest expansion for World of Warcraft which brings dragonriding and more to the game. The expansion will take you to the Dragon Isles, which is the original home and origin place of dragonkind. After 10,000 years of dormancy, the dragon aspects have returned home and this includes the once destructive black dragonflight. With an increased max level of 70, you will level through four new zones in the Dragon Isles: Waking Shores, Ohn’ahran Plains, Azure Span, and Thaldraszus. The expansion features the new mail…

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Activision Blizzard making temporary QA workers full-time, with pay raise and benefits

Activision Blizzard yesterday announced that they’re converting temporary QA staff in the US to full-time employees, with a pay raise and benefits to boot. Worker groups are celebrating this as a victory in their ongoing mission to force the company to improve the workplace. But one group are left out: the Raven QA staff who are currently forming a union. Actiblizz say labour law requires they do this; unions say it’s an attempt to punish and divide them. Read more

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Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders raise concerns about Microsoft buying Activision Blizzard

Four US senators have voiced concerns about Microsoft buying Activision Blizzard for $69 billion, urging the Federal Trade Commission to consider the impact on workers before approving the proposed merger. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Cory Booke raised this in a joint letter to the FTC chair yesterday. Considering that Actiblizz are facing many, many, many accusations of discriminatory and abusive working conditions, and that the CEO who reportedly intervened to protect one alleged harasser is still happily with the company, they’re worried that the merger might make things worse. Read more

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Echo defeat The Jailer to win Sepulcher of the First Ones WoW Race to World First, as Liquid take a break to avoid burnout

Echo have become the first guild in the world to clear the Sepulcher of the First Ones raid on mythic difficulty. They beat the final boss of the latest World of Warcraft (WoW) Shadowlands raid, The Jailer, this evening, after some 277 attempts. It’s another victory for European organisation Echo, who also won the Mythic Sanctum of Domination Race to World First last summer. You can check out the moment Echo secured the win below: ROOM REACTION: — Echo (@EchoGuild) March 26, 2022 Prior to the most recent couple of races, Complexity Limit (now signed to Team Liquid) had…

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RPS Time Capsule: the games worth saving from 2004

Welcome back to the second edition of The RPS Time Capsule, a monthly feature in which the RPS Treehouse gathers round a small tiny shoebox to stick their favourite, bestest best games into from a specific year to preserve until the end of time. The first time capsule we dropkicked into space was all about the best games from 2010. This time, we’re excavating the best games from 2004. Which games will make the cut, and which ones will be consigned to the all-consuming digital super bin? Find out below. Read more

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Method ‘more than ready’ for final Shadowlands Race to World First as Sepulcher of the First Ones raid approaches, UK org reveal stream plans and partnership with Safe In Our World charity

UK esports organisation Method have spoken about their ambitions in the latest World of Warcraft Race to World First (RWF) raid, which is now a few weeks away. The Sepulcher of the First Ones raid opens in mythic difficulty from March 8th 2022 – and Method will be hoping to get closer to the top spot this time around. Race to World First sees guilds race to become the first to defeat the final raid boss of a new piece of raid content. Continue reading Method ‘more than ready’ for final Shadowlands Race to World First as Sepulcher of the…

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“Will Sony buy Ubisoft?” and other questions after Xbox’s shock acquisition of Activision Blizzard

The big announcement that Microsoft plans to acquire Activision Blizzard has left us with some burning questions that we’ve done our best to address here On January 18, 2022, Microsoft announced plans to acquire Activision Blizzard. This is a platform holder buying one of the biggest games publishers and one of the world’s biggest games. Call of Duty, Activision’s flagship product, has suffered some declines in recent years, but it remains a massive series. And more significantly, it is one of the most popular games on PlayStation. Activision Blizzard is also a company embroiled in lawsuits and ongoing conflict with…

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Opinion: Is Microsoft’s shock $68bn buyout of Activision Blizzard good news for esports and gamers, or a match made in hell?

Microsoft’s $68.7bn acquisition of Activision Blizzard announced today can offer a fresh start for the beleaguered publisher, as well as fans of its games and esports, though there is still frustration that Bobby Kotick is retaining his job and a long road ahead to regaining trust with gamers. Esports News UK editor Dom Sacco shares his thoughts on what the deal might mean for the industry and esports in the future. Continue reading Opinion: Is Microsoft’s shock $68bn buyout of Activision Blizzard good news for esports and gamers, or a match made in hell?

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Microsoft are buying Activision Blizzard for $69 billion

In the wake of scandal and lawsuits alleging a culture of discrimination and harrassment at Activision Blizzard, Microsoft today announced they’re buying the company. Wait, hang on. What. That’s not what I expected when Xbox head Phil Spencer told staff he was “evaluating all aspects of [Xbox’s] relationship” with Activision Blizzard. Microsoft plan to pay $68.7 billion (£50 billion) for the company, which will nab them games including Warcraft, Call Of Duty, and Overwatch. Jesus. Read more

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World Of Warcraft is removing Blizzard developer names, too

The Overwatch development team announced on Thursday that they would rename cowboy McCree later this year. The change is due to the name’s association with former Blizzard developer Jesse McCree, who left the company after a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard alleging workplace sexual harassment and discrimination. McCree is not specifically named in the lawsuit. Now the World Of Warcraft team have announced similar changes, with rerences to former Blizzard employees due to be removed in a future update. Read more

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UK content creator Preach stops coverage of World of Warcraft over Activision Blizzard harassment controversy

Prominent British World of Warcraft content creator Preach Gaming is halting day-to-day coverage of the game in light of the recent harassment allegations against Activision Blizzard. “After so many years, the road has come to an end – time to give up on World of Warcraft,” he said. “We are stopping our coverage of the game. This has not been an easy decision.” Preach, who has 428,000 YouTube subscribers and 224,000 Twitch followers, is the latest content creator to speak out on the scandal involving Activision Blizzard. Continue reading UK content creator Preach stops coverage of World of Warcraft over…

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Production on World of Warcraft apparently halted because of the Activision Blizzard lawsuit

By Dom Peppiatt 26 July 2021 20:31 GMT According to a senior developer at Activision Blizzard, practically all work on World of Warcraft has been halted by a lawsuit regarding sexual harassment, bullying, unfair pay, and more besides.Last week, following a two-year investigation by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the state filed a lawsuit against the publisher and developer, alleging the company incubated a “frat boy” culture.Now, World of Warcraft senior system designer Jeff Hamilton has taken to Twitter to note that very little work on the game is currently underway as Activision Blizzard responds to the situation…