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Overwatch Exceeds 7 Million Players


IRVINE, Calif.—June 2, 2016—The world needs heroes, and citizens from London to Xi’an to Rio de Janeiro are rising to the occasion to join the ranks of Overwatch®! Blizzard Entertainment’s critically acclaimed team shooter launched worldwide on PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and Windows PC on May 24, and since then more than 7 million players have fought for the future in Overwatch, logging more than 119 million hours combined in one of the most successful global game launches of all time—and the battle is just getting started.*

“Over the months and weeks leading up to release we saw a lot of love and support for Overwatch—from Blizzard gamers, FPS fans, and people who’d never picked up a game like this before—and we’re very grateful for everyone’s incredible passion and enthusiasm,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We poured a lot of effort into creating a game—and a new universe—that anyone could enjoy. We’re ecstatic to have had such a successful launch, and we’re looking forward to all of the fun, competition, and new content still to come.”

Since launch, players have swapped heroes 326 million times and teamed up to deliver 11 million payloads to their destinations on the battlefields of tomorrow. In addition to being a smash with players around the world, Overwatch is a critical hit, and is one of the best-reviewed games of the year. GameSpot has called Overwatch “something spectacular,” while Forbes wrote that “Overwatch, quite simply, is a miracle” and that it’s “a game for everyone.” According to Game Informer, “Overwatch is an amazing experience,” concluding in its 10-out-of-10 review that “things will never be the same.”

What Is Overwatch?

Overwatch takes place on earth in the near future, where teams of soldiers, scientists, adventurers, and oddities clash for control of key locations around the world. The game features a diverse cast of 21 unique heroes—including Reinhardt, the noble knight from a bygone era; Zenyatta, the robotic monk in search of enlightenment; and Symmetra, the hard-light “architech” striving to build a better world—each armed with extraordinary weapons and incredible abilities. Across a variety of vibrant and intricately designed maps, players must work together to complete various objectives, swapping heroes to adapt to the ever-changing situation and combining their powers to unleash devastating combos.

Overwatch features a variety of game modes for shooter veterans and players new to the genre:

–          Quick Play automatically matches players with allies and opponents of a similar skill level—a quick and easy way to jump into the fight.

–          Play Vs. AI mode pits a team of human players against computer-controlled opponents, with multiple difficulty settings to choose from.

–          Custom Games allow teams of friends to tweak the game’s rules, including damage and healing modifiers and which heroes and maps are in play.

–          Weekly Brawl! offers up an unexpected challenge every week, like “Justice Rains from Above” (an aerial extravaganza starring rocket-powered Pharah and Mercy, the high-flying healer) and the intense “Arcade” brawl, which features more health, faster cooldowns, and quick respawns.

–          Training modes include a Tutorial that teaches players the ropes, a Practice Range where people can try their hand at heroes in a zero-pressure environment, and a Practice vs. AI mode where heroes can further hone their skills.

–          . . . And more to come: sometime after launch, players looking for the ultimate team challenge will be able to test their mettle, earn ranks, and show off their skill inCompetitive Play. Blizzard also plans to patch in new heroes and maps in the future at no additional cost.

As players compete in matches—win or lose—they’ll level up and earn Loot Boxes, each containing a combination of four items players can use to customize their heroes, including in-game credits and cosmetic goodies including skins, sprays, voice lines, and new animations. Among these items are legendary skins that dramatically alter heroes’ appearances, such as the post-apocalyptic Scavenger D.Va, or Lone Wolf Hanzo, which fills Overwatch’s expert bowman with the spirit of the wild.

Origins Edition, Collector’s Edition, and More

Windows PC, PS4, and Xbox One gamers can join the fight for the future today by purchasing Overwatch: Origins Edition for a suggested retail price of $59.99 from www.playoverwatch.com/buy. Overwatch: Origins Edition comes with a collection of hero skins that provide players with insight into five characters’ pasts—Blackwatch Reyes (Reaper), Strike-Commander Morrison (Soldier: 76), Overgrown Bastion, Security Chief Pharah, and Slipstream Tracer—as well as a cache of goodies for several Blizzard Entertainment games, including glowing Mercy wings for Diablo® III, a Baby Winston pet for World of Warcraft®, a set of heroic StarCraft® II portraits, an Overwatch-themed Hearthstone® card back, and the playable Tracer hero for Heroes of the Storm®.

Overwatch is also available in a limited-edition, retail-only Collector’s Edition (SRP $129.99, Windows/PS4/Xbox One), which contains all of the content listed above along with a full-color visual sourcebook, the Overwatch soundtrack, and a high-quality collectible statue of Soldier: 76—the vigilante alter ego of former Overwatch commander Jack Morrison. Quantities are limited; players should check with their local retailer for availability. Windows PC gamers also have the option to download a digital PC edition ($39.99, digital only), which includes all 21 heroes and every map, providing players with the core Overwatchexperience.

Players on any platform looking to augment their collection of skins, sprays, and other cosmetic goodies may also purchase the same Loot Boxes that they can earn through gameplay in quantities of 2 for $1.99, 5 for $4.99, 11 for $9.99, 24 for $19.99, and 50 for $39.99.

In addition to the English version, Overwatch has been localized into Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, German, European Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, Korean, Japanese, and traditional and simplified Chinese. Overwatch has been rated T for Teen by the ESRB.

For more information about Overwatch, visit www.playoverwatch.com.

Overwatch Launch Day Activities and Animated Short

In addition to the new animated short above, Blizzard has released some information regarding various cool Overwatch launch day events! Check out the following:

Clueless Gamer with Conan O’Brien

Tonight at 8pm PT / 11pm ET watch Game of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey play Overwatch with Conan in this very special edition of Clueless Gamer.

More info is available here: https://twitter.com/TeamCoco/status/734514735559888898?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw


“Hero” Animated Short Featuring Soldier: 76

Old habits die hard for one ex-Overwatch agent in the fourth and final animated short for this season. “Hero” follows the masked vigilante Soldier: 76 on a personal mission to Dorado where he’s set to investigate the illegal activities of the Los Muertos gang—but an unexpected complication threatens to compromise his objective.

Watch it here:



Overwatch Launch Protocols

Overwatch will launch in all gameplay regions on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 at the same time globally, beginning at 4pm PT / 7pm ET. Here’s a link to the launch protocols, which outline everything you need to know for launch day!

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Razer Unveils Overwatch Branded Peripherals


IRVINE, Calif. – Razer, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced the availability of PC peripherals for Overwatch™, the highly anticipated team-based shooter by Blizzard Entertainment, developer and publisher of some of the industry’s most epic games. The suite of customized hardware is led by the Razer ManO’War Tournament Edition (TE) analog wired gaming headset – Razer’s most powerful and feature-packed gaming headset to-date – and is rounded-out with a BlackWidow Chroma keyboard, DeathAdder Chroma mouse and Goliathus Extended mouse mat.

Gamers can look forward to uncompromised audio performance and an array of dynamic Razer Chroma™ lighting effects with the Overwatch-themed mouse and keyboard from Razer, which will change based on in-game actions, including displaying a hero’s signature color, abilities and cooldowns, all displayed in real time.

The Overwatch Razer ManO’War TE gaming headset is designed for performance and comfort over hours of play. It includes a fully retractable MEMS mic with inline volume and mute controls, making verbal communication easy to adjust and crystal clear in the heat of battle. The fully retractable microphone boom pulls out from the left ear cup as needed and its flexible design allows it to be adjusted to a player’s needs on the fly.

The headset has extra-large, 50 mm, gaming-grade drivers that are custom-tuned to ensure team chat and audio cues, like McCree’s Deadeye or Lucio’s Sound Barrier, are heard the way they were intended. A closed ear cup design with plush circumaural padding blocks-out ambient noise. The ear cups on the Overwatch Razer ManO’War TE are also rotatable and have ample, plush ear cushions.

The 3.5 mm connection and included splitter adapter extension cable make the Overwatch Razer ManO’War TE ideal for compatibility with a multitude of platforms.

“We’re proud to give Overwatch players an even more immersive experience with incredible audio and ideal hardware with custom-designed themes and in-game Chroma lighting effects,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “Overwatch is among the most dynamic and visually impressive games I’ve experienced in years, and the peripherals we’ve designed with Blizzard add a whole new dimension to the fun.”

The new line of Razer BlackWidow Chroma Overwatch gaming keyboards will also feature the multi-award winning Razer™ Mechanical Switch™, recently updated with an optimized set of actuation and reset points and increased durability of up to 80-million key strokes.

Watch a video of how Overwatch has integrated Razer Chroma lighting effects here: https://youtu.be/xgnOeVOr3Gs.

For more information about the Razer Chroma lighting open platform, please visit www.razerzone.com/chroma/.

For more information, go to www.razerzone.com.


Price: U.S. $109.99/ EU €129.99


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  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Impedance: 32 Ω  at 1 kHz
  • Sensitivity (@1 kHz): 112 ± 3 dB
  • Input power: 30 mW
  • Drivers: 50 mm, with Neodymium magnets
  • Inner ear cup diameter: 60 mm / 2.36 in.
  • Connection type: analog 3.5 mm
  • Cable length: 1.3 m / 4.27 ft plus 2m / 6.6 ft splitter adapter
  • Approximate weight: 332 g / 0.73 lbs


Price: U.S. $79.99 / EU €99.99


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  • Ergonomic right-handed design with textured rubber side grips
  • 10,000 DPI optical sensor
  • Razer Chroma lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
  • Chroma game-integrated lighting effects (Hero signature color)
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • 5 Independently programmable Hyperesponse buttons
  • 1000 Hz Ultrapolling
  • On-the-fly sensitivity adjustment
  • Always-on mode
  • 200 inches per second / 50 G acceleration
  • Gold-plated USB connector
  • 2.13 m / 7 ft., lightweight, braided fiber cable
  • Approximate size: 127 mm / 5 in. (Length) x 70 mm / 2.76 in. (Width) x 44 mm / 1.73 in. (Height)
  • Approximate weight: 105 g / 0.23 lbs.

For more information about the Razer DeathAdder Chroma Overwatch gaming mouse, please visit www.razerzone.com/overwatch.


Price: U.S. $179.99 / EU €219.99


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  • Multi-award-winning Razer™ Mechanical Switches with 50 g actuation force
  • 80-million keystroke life span
  • Razer Chroma backlighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
  • Chroma game-integrated lighting effects
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • 10 key roll-over anti-ghosting
  • Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
  • Improved indicator panel
  • Gaming mode option
  • 1000 Hz Ultrapolling
  • Braided fiber cable
  • Approximate size: 449 mm / 17.69 in. (Width) x 41 mm / 1.6 in. (Height) x 182 mm / 7.1 in. (Depth)
  • Approximate weight: 1380 g / 3.03 lbs.

For more information about the Razer BlackWidow Chroma Overwatch gaming keyboard, please visit www.razerzone.com/overwatch.


Price: $34.99 / €39.99


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  • Heavily textured weave for precise mouse control
  • Anti-fraying stitched frame extends mat durability
  • Pixel-precise targeting and tracking
  • Anti-slip rubber base
  • Approximate size: 920 mm / 36.22 in. (Length) x 294 mm / 11.57 in. (width) x 3 mm / 0.12 in. (Height)

For more information about the Razer Goliathus Extended Overwatch mouse mat, please visit www.razerzone.com/overwatch.

Activision Blizzard Launches New Content for MLG ESport Streaming Platform


NEW YORK, NY. – May 12, 2016 – Today at the 2016 IAB Digital Content NewFronts, Activision Blizzard Media Networks (ABMN), a division of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), announced the launch of new content, broadcast experiences and distribution partnerships for its MLG.tv streaming platform.

MLG.tv debuted its Enhanced Viewing Experience (EVE) at the event, a High-Definition video stream with a built-in algorithmic system that provides viewers with match statistics, up-to-the-minute leaderboards, and situational insights based on the competition they are watching.

Steve Bornstein, Chairman of Activision Blizzard Media Networks and Former CEO of ESPN took the stage to introduce the network’s host, veteran broadcaster and retired professional gamer Chris Puckett. As host of MLG.tv’s daily ESR broadcast, Puckett will be producing up-to-the-minute premium highlights, interviews and news segments for a new generation of sports fan.

“We’re building a network dedicated to the thrill of competition and the passion of the fans,” said Steve Bornstein, Chairman Activision Blizzard Media Networks, “MLG.tv will play a defining role in realizing the full potential of this audience by creating meaningful, memorable and shareable content.”

“Esports is a cultural phenomenon at its tipping point, and we’re excited to work with the IAB to bring this message directly to advertisers as part of the 2016 Digital Content NewFronts,” said Mike Sepso, SVP Activision Blizzard Media Networks “The size of our digital network, coupled with our insights into this audience’s viewing habits, put us in a unique position to educate the advertising industry on how to safely target these viewers and reach them on their platform of choice.”

ABMN will launch this content and more during the MLG Anaheim Open, a two-day Call of Duty®: Black Ops III tournament set to kick off on June 10, 2016. The MLG Anaheim Open will also be the inaugural event as part of a deeper collaboration with Facebook. The collaboration will allow MLG.tv to broadcast live competitions and deliver ESR content to the 1.6 billion people on Facebook.

“Esports is an exciting space and continues to be a growing priority for us,” said Dan Reed, Head of Global Sports Partnerships for Facebook. “With over 1.6 billion people on the platform and a growing suite of VOD and live streaming products that partners can use to increase engagement, Facebook is uniquely positioned to help esports fans connect around exciting moments and great esports content. We’re thrilled to be working with Activision Blizzard Media Networks, a leader in esports, to help fans enjoy and share a variety of exciting new formats and programming on our platform.”

ABMN’s NewFronts presentation opened with a video showcasing the division’s record-breaking live championship held last month at Nationwide Arena. Sepso and Puckett were joined by Josh Cella, ABMN’s Head of Sales, to present the new content and advertising opportunities to a packed house at the PlayStation Theater in Times Square.

Razer Unveils Chroma Peripherals for Blizzard’s Overwatch



ANAHEIM, Calif. (BlizzCon® 2015) – Razer™, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, and Blizzard Entertainment, developer and publisher of some of the industry’s most epic games, today announced a full suite of Chroma-enabled PC gaming peripherals based on Blizzard’s upcoming team-based shooter, Overwatch™.

Set in an all-new Blizzard game universe, Overwatch is a 6v6 first-person shooter featuring a vibrant cast of heroes, each with his or her own unique arsenal of weapons and abilities. As part of its official Overwatch gaming peripheral collection, Razer is enhancing the award-winning DeathAdder Chroma gaming mouse, BlackWidow Chroma keyboard and Goliathus Extended mouse mat with Overwatch game elements on the hardware.

Gamers playing with the Razer BlackWidow Overwatch gaming keyboard will also experience dynamic Chroma lighting effects that change based on in-game action, including displaying a hero’s signature color (also available on the Razer DeathAdder Overwatch gaming mouse) and showing indicators for the hero’s abilities, cooldowns, and Ultimate ability readiness—all displayed in real time via Razer Synapse.*

Watch a video of how Overwatch has integrated Chroma lighting effects: https://youtu.be/xgnOeVOr3Gs

For more information about the Chroma lighting open platform, please visit www.razerzone.com/chroma/.

All three Overwatch Razer hardware products are on display and able to be demoed by BlizzCon® 2015 attendees at the Razer booth.

“Overwatch is one of the most sought-after titles out there and it’s a blast to play,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “We’re excited to bring Blizzard players, our own fans, and PC gamers everywhere the preferred FPS peripherals of eSports athletes from world-leading teams. Clad in a custom-designed theme and with in-game Chroma lighting effects created by Blizzard specifically for the keyboard and mouse, these peripherals add another layer of immersion to the Overwatch experience.”

Overwatch brings Blizzard’s signature easy-to-learn, hard-to-master gameplay to the FPS genre. Players pick their hero of choice and join forces in teams of six to battle each other across a range of futuristic global locations, from the hologram-lit streets of London to a bazaar in the shadows of a high-tech Egyptian pyramid. The battlefields are built to highlight each character’s unique abilities, and fights can shift from streets to rooftops to open skies within the span of a breath.

“We’re excited to be working with Razer to bring Overwatch players and FPS fans a line of high-quality gear to take into battle,” said Matt Beecher, vice president of global consumer products at Blizzard Entertainment. “The development team has come up with some cool ways to integrate Overwatch’s gameplay with Razer’s technology, giving Blizzard gamers a whole new way to customize their experience.”

*Chroma game integrated lighting effects are available on all Razer BlackWidow Chroma and DeathAdder Chroma products via Razer Synapse.

World of Warcraft: Legion Expansion Announced

World of Warcraft: Legion Expansion screenshot

World of Warcraft: Legion Expansion header

COLOGNE, Germany—August 6, 2015—Doom comes for the Alliance and the Horde as a great burning shadow falls over Azeroth. During an event streamed live around the world from gamescom 2015, Blizzard Entertainment today unveiled World of Warcraft®: Legion™, the sixth expansion to its acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

In this dire new chapter of the Warcraft® saga, the demonic Burning Legion has returned, seeking to call forth their fallen leader—the dark titan Sargeras, Ravager of Worlds. As destruction rains across Azeroth, its heroes must seek salvation among the ruins of the Broken Isles, doomed center of ancient night elf civilization and birthplace of myths dating back to the world’s creation. In the face of hopeless odds, they must learn to master mighty Artifacts—legendary weapons that hold the potential to bring down the corrupted armies of the Legion—and strike an infernal pact with the dread Demon Hunters of the Illidari . . . accursed followers of the infamous Illidan the Betrayer.

World of Warcraft: Legion ushers in an era of unprecedented conflict for the Alliance and the Horde as the Burning Legion’s crusade against creation enters a terrifying new stage. The expansion is loaded with features and content that will transform players into Azeroth’s elite vanguard against the shadow, including:

  • New Hero Class: Demon Hunter—Unleash the demon within as an all-new melee hero class gifted with preternatural mobility—and the ability to metamorphose into hellish new forms.
  • New Feature: Artifact Weapons—Smite the Legion with legendary weapons of lore. Earn Artifact power to unlock abilities and traits, and customize your weapon to suit your needs.
  • New Continent: The Broken Isles—Discover the fate of a lost night elf civilization, confront twisted fragments of the Emerald Nightmare, and hunt agents of the Legion in all-new zones.
  • New Feature: Order Hall—Whether you’re paladin or warlock, unite fellow NPC members of your class’s order to carry out missions at your command.
  • New PvP Honor System—Fight for fame, glory, and a range of new PvP-specific powers as you face the opposing faction in Arenas and Battlegrounds.
  • Boost to Level 100—Come fully prepared to battle the Legion with a level-100 character boost, and fight alongside your friends in this epic new chapter of World of Warcraft.

“In World of Warcraft: Legion, the stakes for the Alliance and the Horde are higher than ever, so we’re putting some of Azeroth’s deadliest forces directly in players’ hands,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Whether they’re wreaking havoc as a Demon Hunter or unlocking awesome new abilities for their Artifact, players will develop their characters’ power in ways they never have before.”

World of Warcraft: Legion Expansion screenshot

Stalk Your Prey as a Demon Hunter

Dexterous and deadly, World of Warcraft: Legion’s new Demon Hunter hero class turns the twisted power of the Burning Legion against them. Drawing on fel forces to fuel their attacks, Demon Hunters pursue their prey with uncanny agility, dodging away from danger and closing on enemies in the blink of an eye. Demon Hunters sacrifice their natural vision for Spectral Sight—preternatural perception that allows them to detect targets that regular mortals could not normally see. Whether avatars of Havoc (damage-dealing) or Vengeance (tank), these melee-focused assassins unleash pent-up fury in the form of devastating attacks—even metamorphosing into terrifying demonic forms in moments of great need.

As a World of Warcraft hero class, Demon Hunters have honed their skills over millennia—and much like Wrath of the Lich King®’s Death Knight, Demon Hunters appropriately begin their journey prepared to battle the Legion at a higher level than most other World of Warcraft classes. Demon Hunters also have a unique starting experience that reflects their background and the terrible source of their power.

Wield Legendary Artifacts Against the Legion

To face the seemingly unstoppable might of the Legion, the heroes of Azeroth will need a legendary arsenal worthy of the task. World of Warcraft: Legion equips every champion with their own Artifact—a class-specific, highly customizable weapon forged in the fires of Warcraft mythology. Each character’s Artifact grows in power with its owner, and players can personalize their Artifact with perks, abilities, and appearance-altering characteristics that reflect the hero wielding it, transforming the Artifact into an instrument of order . . . or twisting it into an implement of devastation.

World of Warcraft: Legion Expansion screenshot

The Broken Isles and Beyond

World of Warcraft: Legion sends players on a forbidden journey to the ruins of the Broken Isles in search of the mythic Pillars of Creation—powerful titan relics said to have shaped Azeroth, and last hope for the world’s salvation. Once the magnificent seat of an ancient night elf civilization, the Broken Isles are now haunted by twisted elven aberrations, horrors from the Emerald Nightmare, and other grim remnants of legends long forgotten. Among the Isles, players will face the armies of the Legion and other dark forces across an array of all-new zones, dungeons, raids, and more on the way to the new level cap of 110.

With the Horde and the Alliance in disarray, players must seek out and bring together other like-minded champions to stand against the demonic hordes. In Legion, each player will take charge of an Order Hall—a site of great power linked closely to a character’s class and cause. The Order Hall will serve as each hero’s base of operations—and a bastion of hope—during their journey to the Broken Isles. From there, players will send NPC followers on missions to help defend Azeroth from the demonic incursion . . . and forge their Artifact into a Legion-felling force to be reckoned with.

For those seeking glory in Arenas and Battlegrounds, Legion also features a new Honor system that provides an entirely new PvP progression path. As players dominate the enemy faction, they’ll unlock PvP-specific spells and abilities that open up a range of new tactical possibilities, and earn prestigious new titles and rewards.

To help the heroes of Azeroth prepare for the coming invasion, World of Warcraft: Legion will allow players to boost one character to level 100, including a newly created character, quickly getting them primed and ready to battle the Burning Legion alongside their friends.

For more information about World of Warcraft: Legion or to sign up for the beta test scheduled to begin later this year, visit www.worldofwarcraft.com/legion.

Blizzard Unveils Team-Based Shooter Overwatch at BlizzCon



ANAHEIM, Calif.—November 7, 2014In front of a live crowd of more than 25,000 BlizzCon® attendees and an expected online audience numbering in the millions, Blizzard Entertainment today announced Overwatch, a pick-up-and-play first-person shooter featuring an amazing cast of heroes and set in an all-new Blizzard game universe.

The action of Overwatch takes place in a technologically advanced, highly stylized future earth. In a time of global crisis, an international task force of soldiers, scientists, adventurers, and oddities known as Overwatch had come together to restore peace to a war-torn world. After many years, the group’s influence waned, and it was eventually disbanded. Overwatch might be gone now . . . but the world still needs heroes.

With an emphasis on accessibility and pure fun, Overwatch brings Blizzard’s signature easy-to-learn, hard-to-master gameplay to the FPS genre. Harnessing the power of their hero of choice, players will join forces in teams of six and battle each other across a range of futuristic global locations, from the hologram-lit streets of London to a bazaar in the shadows of a high-tech Egyptian pyramid. Every battlefield is iconic and built to highlight each character’s unique abilities, and fights can shift from streets to rooftops to open skies within the span of a breath.

“Overwatch is our take on a vibrant, near-future universe with amped-up characters and action-packed team-based gameplay,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “With every new Blizzard game, we look at our favorite aspects of a genre and put our own spin on things. Our goal with Overwatch is to create an awesome FPS experience that’s more accessible to a much wider audience while delivering the action and depth that shooter fans love.”

The heroes of Overwatch each bring their own distinct weapons and superabilities to bear. Here’s just a glimpse of the numerous heroes that will ultimately fill Overwatch’s rosters:

  • Tracer, a former British test pilot who shrugs at danger, can execute impossible acrobatic assaults thanks to her ability to teleport, drop energy bombs, and even reverse time.
  • Reinhardt, a hulking German soldier in battle armor, can charge great distances and pin his enemies to a wall or slam the ground with his rocket hammer to knock them off their feet.
  • Hanzo, a bow-wielding Japanese mercenary, has the ability to scale walls with his bare hands, fire off a tracking device that illuminates nearby enemies for his team, and unleash a huge spirit dragon that does grievous damage to all enemies in its path.
  • Symmetra, an Indian architech, manipulates light and energy to shield her allies and damage her enemies—and she can turn the tide of any battle by building a device that instantly transports her teammates to the front lines.

While each hero represents a formidable force on their own, players can amplify their potential by assembling into a well-balanced team and creatively combining powers. No matter which hero or playstyle they prefer, players will be able to team up and accomplish the incredible in Overwatch.

At BlizzCon this weekend, Overwatch is fully playable and running on 600 PCs, and attendees there are the first in the world to play it. Gamers at the show are able to select from a current roster of 12 playable heroes and go 6v6 against each other, capturing or defending points and attacking or delivering payloads across three wildly different maps. New heroes and maps will continually be added to the game as development progresses, and beta testing will begin in 2015.

Learn more about Overwatch, including all of the heroes and maps revealed at BlizzCon, and sign up to participate in the upcoming beta test at the official website, www.playoverwatch.com. Further details about the game will be announced there in the months ahead.

With multiple games in development, Blizzard Entertainment has numerous positions currently available—visitjobs.blizzard.com for more information and to learn how to apply.

TeSPA Collegiate Hearthstone Tournament Details



Blizzard Entertainment has announced a collegiate Hearthstone tournament with qualifiers beginning on August 9th. Check out the tournament link for more information.

Prize: $5,000 in scholarships

Where: The finals will take place at PAX Prime on the Twitch stage

Open to: College students in North America

What Else?

  • The top three players from the finals will secure spots in the BlizzCon World Championships Qualifier
  • We will be streaming the finals, and will also have giveaways to viewers
  • The qualifiers start this Saturday, August 9
  • 8 finalists will be flown to PAX Prime to face off

Our Diablo III Reaper of Souls Launch Party Photos



We had a couple reporters on hand to celebrate the launch of Blizzard Entertainment’s Diablo III Reaper of Souls over at their exclusive event in Hollywood. Here are some of the pictures they took at the event. Please keep in mind that there really weren’t a lot of big cameras in the event as it was meant more as a party environment. So, our reporters resorted to using their trusty cell phones.