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Mar 14, 2012 RISK: StarCraft® Sweepstakes

Want a shot at naming a territory on the upcoming RISK: StarCraft® game board? If you’re the lucky winner of USAopoly’s sweepstakes, you’ll get the opportunity to do just that. Visit USAopoly’s Facebook page between March 12 and March 19 to learn more and to enter, but be sure to read the official rules before you do.

Wage fierce battles across the Koprulu sector and vie for galactic domination in a version of RISK that’s set in the chaotic StarCraft universe. Choose from Raynor, Valerian, Artanis, Zeratul, Kerrigan, or Za’gara, and crush your enemies with their military strategies and accompanying terran, protoss, or zerg forces. With 42 otherworldly territories at stake, there are no perfect moves, no guarantees, and no lasting alliances -- what will you risk to secure victory?

RISK: StarCraft comes with over 290 playing pieces, including three race-specific bases: the terran Command Center, a protoss Nexus, and a zerg Hatchery. RISK: StarCraft launches this summer and will be available in North American specialty stores for a suggested retail price of $49.95. The game is designed for 3 to 6 players and is recommended for ages 10 and up.

Mar 7, 2012 Earn Legendary Rewards with the New Scroll of Resurrection

The Scroll of Resurrection has just been infused with powerful glyphs, making it more potent than ever before. For a limited time, you can earn a free faction mount when you use a Scroll of Resurrection to bring a friend or former guildmate back to World of Warcraft.

Feb 7, 2012 New Battle.net Balance Feature Now Available

Battle.net Balance is now live! As we announced previously, Battle.net Balance is a new feature that gives players an alternate way to purchase Blizzard digital products and services directly through their Battle.net accounts. Players are now able add to their Battle.net Balance using a variety of payment methods, and then use that balance toward Blizzard Entertainment products and services such as World of Warcraft realm transfers, character name changes, and other paid services; as well as digital versions of select Blizzard games, including Diablo II and StarCraft II. In the future, players will be also able to use Battle.net Balance for the digital World of Warcraft Battle Chest and WoW digital upgrades and to purchase digital products through the online Blizzard Store, including World of Warcraft game-time codes and Pet Store pets and mounts. In addition, with the upcoming launch of Diablo III, players will have the option to use Battle.net Balance to buy and sell items in the game’s currency-based auction house.

For more information, check out the Battle.net Balance FAQ, or head to the Battle.net Balance page in Account Management to manage your balance.

Jan 25, 2012 2012 Battle.net World Championship

Blizzard Entertainment is proud to announce the 2012 Battle.net World Championship, a major global eSports event featuring some of the best pro-gaming competition in the world.Slated to take place in Asia toward the end of 2012, the Battle.net World Championship will host this year’s StarCraft II and World of Warcraft Arena World Championship tournaments. Blizzard gamers and eSports fans from around the world will be invited to attend and witness some of the most skilled pro players on the planet battle it out for cash and glory.

We’re excited to be showcasing Blizzard eSports on a truly global stage this year. We're also heavily focused on getting Diablo III, Mists of Pandaria, and Heart of the Swarm into players’ hands as soon as possible. In light of our jam-packed schedule, we’ve decided to hold the next BlizzCon in 2013.

More details about the 2012 Battle.net World Championship and BlizzCon 2013, including specific dates and locations, will be coming in the months ahead.

Dec 16, 2011 Happy Holidays!

From everyone at Blizzard to you and yours, have a safe and happy holiday season!

To help celebrate, we've prepared a Holiday Card Gallery featuring a festive Diablo III card. Enjoy!

Dec 16, 2011 A Day in the Life of a Web Content Manager

His bicycle tires don't run flat; they explode. When news breaks, he fixes it. His collection of vintage Blizzard memorabilia could fill a garage... and it does. They made a Diablo creature in his honor, but it was deemed too frightening to include in the game. The people of Orgrimmar love him, even though he plays Alliance. He is the most interesting web content manager in the world. He doesn't always like to be in the spotlight, but when he does, Geoff prefers to be featured in a Day in the Life article.

Read the article about a day in the life of Web Content Manager Geoff Fraizer now!

Dec 15, 2011 Blizzard Contests

At Blizzard, we love running contests! Contests give you a chance to be creative and win prizes, and they give us a chance to display the awesome results of your creativity. You can always find our current contests on the Blizzard Contest page.

We also run contests on Facebook and Twitter -- you can find links to our social media pages listed on the right side of our contact page.

Here are some of our current contests:

Holiday Dessert -- Ends December 20, 2011
Contest Type: Baking
Prize: Prize package

The ANZ Diablo III Beta-Key Twitter Contest -- Ends December 31, 2011
Contest Type: Writing
Note: Residents of Australia and New Zealand only; check Eligibility
Prize: Diablo III beta key

Student Art Contest -- Ends January 15, 2012
Contest Type: Environment Art
Note: United States and Canada College or University Students only; check Eligibility
Prize: Three month mentorship by World of Warcraft art team, Prize package

Core Hound Pup Adoption Campaign -- Ends January 26, 2012
Contest Type: World of Warcraft Screenshot
Prize: Apple iPad

Dec 7, 2011 Give the Gift of Warcraft

To prepare for the holidays, Great-Father Winter has massively buffed your gift-giving abilities. For a limited time, we’re offering epic savings of up to 75% on select World of Warcraft products through the online Blizzard Store:

  • WoW: Battle Chest for $5 (reg. $19.99)
  • Cataclysm for $20 (reg. $39.99)
  • Wrath of the Lich King for $10 (reg. $39.99)
  • Celestial Steed for $10 (reg. $25)
  • Pandaren Monk for $5 (reg. $10)

With these deals, there’s never been a better time to recruit a friend to World of Warcraft or hook up your guildmate with a new mount or pet. Click here to start shopping, but don’t delay; these offers end Monday, December 19, 2011.

Dec 6, 2011 World of Warcraft Launches in Brazil

For players throughout Brazil who have been waiting for the launch of World of Warcraft, today’s the day! The realms are live, a fully localized version of the game, including The Burning Crusade, is in stores now for a suggested price of BRL 29.90, and Wrath of the Lich King and Cataclysm are also available for BRL 99.90 each.

The Brazilian language pack is available for download for current players who’d like to switch over to it, and free realm transfers are available from certain realms to the new Brazilian realms.

Check out the official launch press release for full details.

Dec 3, 2011 A Day in the Life of a Community Manager
Against our better judgment, we’ve just published “A Day in the Life... Micah Whipple” on our 20th Anniversary website, chronicling a single day in the life of our most-senior community manager. In this unauthorized autobiography, Micah gives you an inside look at what it’s like to be Bashiok, what it’s like to not be Bashiok, and what it’s like to write an essay that is almost entirely devoid of facts.
You can, if you really have nothing better to do, read the full article here.