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Oct 22, 2010 Diablo III: Enter the Demon Hunter
During the opening ceremony of BlizzCon 2010, players got a first look at the fifth and final character class for Diablo III: the lithe and deadly demon hunter. Armed with twin crossbows, an arsenal of deadly contraptions, and an unquenchable thirst for vengeance against the legions of the Burning Hells, the demon hunter strikes quickly and excels at hit-and-run tactics.

Head to our new demon hunter page to watch the intro cinematic, see some of her moves in action, and read about her quest to purge evil from Sanctuary.
Oct 22, 2010 Opening Ceremony Highlights
With thousands of attendees swarming around the main stage, BlizzCon 2010 is now in full swing! To kick off this year's festivities, Blizzard Entertainment CEO and Cofounder Mike Morhaime and Senior Vice President of Creative Development Chris Metzen welcomed the 20,000 people in attendance, as well as the more than 100,000 people in over 100 countries watching live online and via DIRECTV. They also took the opportunity to share what’s in store for attendees at this year's BlizzCon, as well as give players everywhere a glimpse at the future of Blizzard Entertainment games. Here are a few of the highlights from their opening remarks.

World of Warcraft: Moonkins and More
With World of Warcraft: Cataclysm coming December 7, we're pleased to announce that for the first time, you'll be able to pre-order the expansion from the Blizzard store, download all of the installation DVD's content in advance, and start playing the moment we turn the servers on at midnight, Pacific time, on December 7. Pre-orders will go live soon, so stay tuned to for more information.

We'd like to extend our thanks once again to everyone who purchased the World of Warcraft charity Pandaren Monk pet, raising more than $1.1 million dollars for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In November, we'll be offering a new charity pet, the Moonkin Hatchling. In the coming months we'll also be auctioning off real-life World of Warcraft realm hardware previously used to run some realms you may have played on, with all of the net proceeds from this auction going to charity. We’ll have more information on both of these soon.

StarCraft II: 91 Million Matches and 4 New Custom Maps
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty launched simultaneously on five continents and in 11 languages on July 27, and within two days, Blizzard gamers made it the biggest PC game launch of 2010 so far and the fastest selling strategy game launch of all time. A month after the game’s release, the StarCraft II community was already 3 million players strong -- and to date, gamers have taken each other on in more than 91 million StarCraft II ranked matches on

Today we're happy to announce that four new custom games currently being developed in the StarCraft II Editor by the game's development team are available for play for the first time on the convention floor. The four games, StarJeweled, Aiur Chef, Left 2 Die, and Blizzard DOTA, will be released for free to all StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty players in the months ahead. Also featured on the convention floor are three winning custom maps submitted by players in the community map-making contest.

eSports: Invitationals and Exhibitions
Competitive gaming continues to gather steam around the world. GomTV recently kicked off the Global StarCraft II League, which brings great players from around the world together to compete for some major prize money. To treat BlizzCon attendees to some epic battles, we're bringing some tough competitors together in our StarCraft II, Warcraft III, and World of Warcraft Arena invitational tournaments. They'll all be competing for their share of the $200,000 we'll be giving away to the winners. And to kick it up a notch, Fruit Dealer and Slayers-Boxer are both in attendance at BlizzCon to battle in an epic StarCraft II exhibition match at 8 p.m. this evening.

Geek Is...
BlizzCon is an especially important event to us, and we're thrilled to provide a venue where like-minded individuals can share their passion not just for Blizzard games, but for all of the comic books, movies, superheroes, fantasy and sci-fi sagas, and other awesome parts of our culture that bind us together. Whether it’s Star Wars, Superman, D&D, or Azeroth, BlizzCon is a place where everyone can be proud to embrace their inner geek.

Diablo III: The Fifth Class and PvP Arenas
The fifth and final playable Diablo III class, the demon hunter, has been revealed! Head to our new demon hunter page to watch the intro cinematic attendees got to see at the show and find out more about this deadly new defender of Sanctuary. We’ve also unveiled our plans for arena-based player-vs.-player combat, which you can read all about at our new Diablo III PvP page.

We have plenty of tournament matches and developer panels coming up shortly -- not to mention contests hosted by comedian Jay Mohr (for the fourth year in a row!) and a closing concert from Tenacious D -- so stay tuned for more exclusive details from the BlizzCon 2010 convention floor!
Oct 21, 2010 Cataclysm Licensed Peripherals Revealed
As we gear up for BlizzCon's doors to open tomorrow, SteelSeries has unveiled a new line of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm licensed gaming peripherals that will be on display in their booth on the show floor. The set starts with the Cataclysm MMO Gaming Mouse, which features a 14-button layout, custom macro functionality, character-specific profiles, and more. Three new designs for the popular QcK line of mouse pads will also be available, showing Deathwing the Destroyer and the new worgen and goblin races. Finally, a Cataclysm-specific keyset for the SteelSeries Shift gaming keyboard rounds out the line of peripherals, and will be available on its own or in a bundle with the Shift base and standard QWERTY keyset. For more information on all of these products, head over to
Oct 21, 2010 BlizzCon Opening Ceremony and Tournaments
BlizzCon Opening Ceremony and Tournaments - Free Live Streams
Hey, have you heard? BlizzCon 2010 begins tomorrow! You'll be able to watch the opening ceremony and the action on the World of Warcraft and RTS tournament stages streaming for free at DIRECTV subscribers can also catch the opening ceremony for free on the 101 Network. The opening ceremony is scheduled to begin on Friday at 11 a.m. Pacific, and tournaments run throughout both days of the show -- check out the BlizzCon schedule for details.

If you're interested in watching these in high def and accessing over 50 hours of BlizzCon coverage, including developer panels, the costume contest, the closing concert with Tenacious D, and more, you can still purchase a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, which also includes this year's World of Warcraft pet and StarCraft II in-game items. We'll also be updating, our Twitter feeds, and our Facebook pages with news, photos, and more from the show, so we've got you covered pretty much anywhere you go. See you at BlizzCon!
Oct 21, 2010 Blizzard Art Gallery Update
The Blizzard Art gallery has been updated with 7 pieces representing the Warcraft universe. These pieces offer an inside look at the creative process behind building this virtual world.
Oct 20, 2010 New Fan Art
The Blizzard Fan Art Section has been updated with 2 new pieces of fan artwork set within the Warcraft universe.
Oct 20, 2010 Show Your Character Poster on BlizzCon Broadcast
Want your World of Warcraft character to get some face time during this year's BlizzCon Virtual Ticket broadcast? If you order a custom character poster or mouse pad from Heroic Prints between October 20 and October 22, you'll get 25% off your total order -- and your creation will automatically be entered for a chance to appear during a segment on this year's BlizzCon broadcast. Just head to, create your custom character poster or mouse pad, and use discount code EPICPPV2010 to get 25% off and a shot at showing your creation to BlizzCon viewers around the world.
Oct 18, 2010 BlizzCon 2010 Begins This Week
Are you ready for BlizzCon 2010? Blizzard Entertainment's two-day gaming festival begins this Friday, October 22, at the Anaheim Convention Center. The sold-out show features developer discussion panels, top-tier tournament competition, the popular costume and dance contests hosted by Jay Mohr, an epic closing concert starring Tenacious D, and much more.

You can still join us from home by purchasing a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, featuring more than 50 hours of live HD coverage as well as the exclusive BlizzCon 2010 World of Warcraft pet and StarCraft II in-game items. The Virtual Ticket is available globally via Internet stream and also through DIRECTV in the U.S.. For more information, read our recent press release or visit
Oct 17, 2010 Official Cataclysm Cinematic Trailer Revealed
The official World of Warcraft: Cataclysm cinematic trailer is now available. With a seething hatred for the established order of the kingdoms of Azeroth, Deathwing is set to shatter the world in a destructive return from the Elemental Plane. Pain and agony are his tools as he prepares to watch Azeroth burn and quake. On December 7 players will have the opportunity to explore a world forever changed in the wake of his cataclysmic return. This is the way the world ends, and it's most certainly with a bang.
Oct 15, 2010 2010 Pumpkin Contest: The Hollowing
As a part of a longstanding Blizzard Entertainment tradition, we are pleased to announce our eighth annual pumpkin-carving contest. We're putting out a call to all talented carvers to sharpen their spoons and hollow out a fantastic, frightening, or just plain funny pumpkin inspired by the Warcraft, StarCraft, or Diablo game universes.

We will be accepting pumpkin contest entries between 11:00 a.m. PDT on October 15 and 11:59 p.m. PDT on October 27. Those who submit the most outstanding photos of their work will have their pictures proudly displayed on our community websites. In addition, the crafters of the five most interesting, original, and well-carved pumpkin designs will each be recognized for their merits with a 64 GB iPad™!

If you want to view some past pumpkin-carving contest winners, you can see them here: [2004], [2005], [2006], [2007], [2008], and [2009]. Check out the contest page for additional details, including the official rules and submission form. Good luck!