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Jun 30, 2010 New Fan Art
The Blizzard Fan Art Section has been updated with 4 new pieces of fan artwork set within the Warcraft universe.
Jun 30, 2010 World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Beta Now Live
The World of Warcraft: Cataclysm beta test is live, and we've begun the process of issuing invitations to selected participants! Week by week, as the beta test progresses, we will continue adding new World of Warcraft: Cataclysm playtesters.To opt in for Blizzard Entertainment beta tests, you must create a beta profile using the Beta Profile Settings option located in the "Manage My Games" section of your Battle.net Account Management page.

Please note that players selected via the opt-in system do not receive beta keys. Rather, your account will be flagged automatically and an email will be sent to you. Simply log in to your account by visiting http://battle.net when you receive a beta welcome notice and check your "Manage My Games" section to verify that the beta client is available for download. Be careful when reading emails claiming to be beta invites. Scam emails often use clickable links to gather your account information, so the safest practice is to go to http://battle.net to check on your beta invitation status. If you would like tips on how to arm yourself against phishing attempts, head over to the Battle.net Account Security page.

You can find the Cataclysm Beta forums here. Keep in mind that these forums are open to the public, but only those invited into the test environment will be able to post. Check out the full announcement for the beta test here, and stay tuned for more exciting news about World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. See you in Azeroth!
Jun 30, 2010 Diablo II 10-Year Anniversary
Join us in celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Diablo II with a brief look back at this genre-defining action RPG. Visit the Diablo II anniversary page by clicking here.
Jun 30, 2010 BlizzCon® 2010 Dinner to Benefit CHOC Children's Foundation
Before the BlizzCon festivities begin, we’re inviting you to join us for an evening of good food and good conversation -- all for a good cause. On Thursday, October 21, Blizzard will be hosting a special dinner to benefit the CHOC Children's Foundation, where guests will have an opportunity to meet and chat with game developers, artists, executives and other folks from Blizzard Entertainment.

From July 13 through July 15, we'll be holding an online drawing to determine who can win an opportunity to purchase tickets to this event. A total of 200 tickets will be available for $500 USD each (limit two per person), and the proceeds will benefit the CHOC Children's Foundation. In appreciation of your donation, you'll receive:
  • Dinner and an opportunity to converse with executives, artists, developers, community managers, and others from Blizzard Entertainment
  • A signed print featuring Blizzard Entertainment artwork
  • One BlizzCon 2010 ticket (a $150 USD value)
The BlizzCon 2010 benefit dinner will take place Thursday, October 21 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Hilton Anaheim hotel. To opt in to the ticket drawing and view the official rules for this opportunity, visit the official BlizzCon website between July 13 and July 15.
Jun 29, 2010 Join the Dominion 50% Unlocked
The Join the Dominion war efforts are paying off and the progress bar has reached 50%! Your hard work has released the first of two videos recapping the story of the original StarCraft. Every 5% gain unlocks new unique content, and the second half of the video series will be unlocked when the progress bar reaches 75%, so keep contributing! Read the FAQ to learn how you can help advance the progress bar.

Go to the Join the Dominion site to view the new lore bridge video as well as all the previously unlocked content. Don't forget to also check out the submissions gallery and keep those posters coming!
Jun 29, 2010 Sound Blaster World of Warcraft Tap Chat Available Now
You can now add even more functionality to the award-winning Sound Blaster World of Warcraft Headset with the new Tap Chat foot pedal accessory. By mapping your push-to-talk key or favorite macro to this foot control pedal, you can keep your hands totally free to control the game. As a bonus, the Tap Chat pedal will also come with an exclusive set of World of Warcraft logo lenses to further customize the look of your headset. The Tap Chat is available now, exclusively at the Blizzard Online Store and the Creative Labs Online Store.
Jun 28, 2010 New Fan Art
The Blizzard Fan Art Section has been updated with 20 new pieces of fan artwork set within the Warcraft universe.
Jun 24, 2010 New Concept Art
Our Concept Art gallery has been updated with two new pieces.
Jun 24, 2010 New Fan Art
The Blizzard Fan Art Section has been updated with 4 new pieces of fan artwork set within the Warcraft universe.
Jun 23, 2010 2010 Blizzard Global Writing Contest
You're called to action once again, to use your wits and strength, to compete for the ultimate prize. Your weapons? They seem to be but a musty tome and quill, but know that their power is far stronger than the armies of the Scourge, far craftier than the zerg Swarm, and far mightier than any demon from the Burning Hells. Ready your tools, scribe, and prepare for combat with the inky beast called fiction!

Enter a short story for the chance to win a free trip to Blizzard's headquarters in southern California! This contest is open to entrants from around the world and will be judged by Blizzard's very own writers and masters of lore. For more information, head to the contest page.