Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of World of Warcraft players around the world who purchased the Cinder Kitten pet, we’ve raised a total of more than $2.3 million USD to support the American Red Cross’s ongoing Superstorm Sandy relief efforts. In December, we announced that for every Cinder Kitten purchased by December 31, 2012, 100% of the adoption fee would be going to assist victims of this disaster -- and the community embraced this fiery feline in droves, helping out a great cause in the process. Thanks again to everyone who helped make a difference.
From left to right American Red Cross' Janet Whitcomb, Bill Blanning, and Don Voss, and from Blizzard CEO and cofounder Mike Morhaime, World of Warcraft Production Director J. Allen Brack, and Game Director Tom Chilton.
Just a few weeks from now will see the official release of The Art of Blizzard book, published by Insight Editions. The Art of Blizzard is a superbly high-quality tome dedicated to presenting and preserving the visual history of Blizzard and our Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo franchises. With over 350 pages and nearly 800 individual pieces, including a never-before-seen look into some of our unpublished projects, this will certainly be a must-have collector’s item to adorn even the most discerning of bookshelves and coffee tables.
You provided us with yet another inspirational, entertaining, and downright hilarious collection of Blizzard-themed holiday greeting cards and baked treats to cap off 2012. We look back on all of the entries fondly, as if the spirited (and the quirky) creators among you buff our IRL mana regen.
Update (1/1/2013): The donation period has ended. Our thanks to all who participated!
Support Superstorm Sandy Relief Efforts – Adopt a Cinder Kitten Today!
Now up for adoption in the Pet Store: the Cinder Kitten, a fiery little feline looking for a home to warm. Adopt this adorable rascal, and you’ll help bring relief to the victims of Superstorm Sandy in the process. From now until December 31, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. PST, 100% of the $10 USD adoption fee will be donated to the American Red Cross's Superstorm Sandy relief efforts. This support will enable the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support, and other assistance to victims of this disaster.
Prepare for the approaching Swarm.... On March 12, 2013, StarCraft® II: Heart of the Swarm™ launches around the world, igniting an intergalactic storm of intense strategic combat and opening a savage new chapter in the war between terran, protoss, and zerg. You can prepurchase the expansion NOW through Battle.net® and be ready to play the moment it goes live.
In addition to the Standard Edition and retail-exclusive Collector’s Edition packed with bonus items, you’ll also have the option to upgrade a Standard Edition to the Digital Deluxe Edition, which comes equipped with all the in-game content from the physical Collector’s Edition, including a Torrasque skin for your zerg Ultralisks in Heart of the Swarm multiplayer, unique Swarm-infested portraits for your StarCraft II character profile, a Baneling pet for your World of Warcraft® characters, and a set of zerg-ified blade wings for your heroes in Diablo® III.
Whether you plan to tear a path of destruction through the all-new Kerrigan-focused single-player campaign or jump right into the multiplayer action with the devastating new units under your command, it’s never too early to begin preparing for your Heart of the Swarm experience. Simply log in to your Battle.net® account and prepurchase Heart of the Swarm, and you’ll be flagged to automatically download the expansion content prior to launch.
For more details on the March 12 launch of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, be sure to head to the Heart of the Swarm game page to learn more about the expansion and prepurchase your digital copy.
*When you prepurchase StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, you will be able to download an encrypted version of the game once it’s available, prior to the game’s release. This content will be unlocked and available for play when the expansion launches on March 12, 2013.
As we count down the days until the Battle.net World Championship kicks off in Shanghai, China, the time has come to seed the brackets with all 32 players who will compete in the StarCraft II World Championship Series Global Finals. To assist in that task, Sean ‘Day’ Plott, Ben ‘MrBitter’ Nichol, and Kevin ‘Rotterdam’ van der Kooi joined Blizzard’s own Rob Simpson and Jacqueline Geller as they explained the format of the tournament and randomly added the competitors to their groups.
On November 17 & 18, join millions of other eSports fans across the globe to experience the epic conclusion of the Battle.net World Championship Series . . . and see who will take home the trophy and be crowned World Champion in StarCraft II and World of Warcraft Arena. The sold-out live event takes place in Shanghai, China and will feature a free, six-channel HD broadcast hosted on www.battle.net/bwc
The Blizzard Comic Contest is back for another three months. We’re looking for original comics focused on the Warcraft, Diablo, or StarCraft universes... and we want you to create them. Each month, we’ll review your submissions and select one winning comic to receive a prize. We’ll also choose several honorable mentions; winning entries and honorable mentions will be displayed on our comic pages for all the universe to enjoy. You can learn more details about the all-new prizes, read the complete official rules, and submit your comics here.
The winners of this year's pumpkin-carving contest have been chosen -- and they're monstrously spectacular. We'd like to thank everyone who participated this year, and we can't wait to see your mad scientist skills in action again next time around. Check out all of the creepy, incredible, and creative winning pumpkins here.
World of Warcraft®: Mists of Pandaria™ is now live and available in a store near you! You can also click here to upgrade to the digital version directly through Blizzard. Featuring a new playable race (the pandaren), a new character class (the monk), and an exotic new continent to explore, the new expansion offers a huge variety of content for new and returning players. Read the press release or visit the Mists of Pandaria info page to learn more.