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Blizzard workers unions called for a strike yesterday protesting plans to shut Versailles office

Three unions that represent Blizzard employees in France called for a strike yesterday, following Activision Blizzard's decision to shut their office near Versailles. It's a move that potentially puts hundreds of jobs at risk. The unions claim the company "repeatedly denied" the closure plans, but suspect they've actually been planning it for a while."In 15 years, many of us left their homes from across Europe…

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It is once again time for Overwatch to get spooky

Despite 2020 having lasted millennia, we now somehow find ourselves in the midst of October. Frightening as the passage of time may be, Overwatch is about to take another stab at scaring the bejeezus out of us with its annual Halloween Terror event - bringing in spooky new skins, emotes, and a limited-time fight to the death against a cackling Australian's army of undead robots.

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Activision Blizzard are reportedly closing their Versailles office

Activision Blizzard, the mega publisher behind the likes of Overwatch and Call Of Duty, are reportedly shutting down their office near Versailles, France. According to Bloomberg, employees at the company will learn more about the closure next week, but at the moment it's unclear when exactly it'll happen, or how many people might lose their jobs in the process.

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Finally, a (digital) art gallery for gamers

Gamers - they aren't just basement dwellers any more. Shocking, I know, but such is the premise of a bizarre 3D browser gallery opened by Activision Blizzard earlier this week. A free, tiny shrine to corporate art, the publishing giant's demographic-driven collection of prints have "levelled up" historical forms to create one of the strangest browser spaces I've ever attended. Yes, even stranger than that…

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s zombies mode will actually let you escape alive

Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has revealed the new version of Treyarch's signature zombies mode. The reveal goes over new weapon upgrade systems, the first map you'll be surviving in, and how Cold War will continue the story of zombies mode which has its own actual lore separate from the rest of COD.

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Diablo 4 reveals a large, gnarly skill tree for you to climb

Although Diablo 4 doesn't have so much as a planned release window, Blizzard are continuing to lay out bits of development on the table for players to get a gander at while the studio iterate on the game. In the latest quarterly update, Blizzard are responding to player feedback on earlier updates with some proposed changes to skills, gear, and legendary items. They're also showing…

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will reveal zombies mode details this week

Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is steadily spooling out information leading up to its November launch date. We've seen a bit of the story campaign, new maps and modes coming to multiplayer, and heard about those upcoming betas. Next up is the returning zombies mode for those of you who want to ditch the ugly real life warfare for some good ol' fashioned…

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Bam! Pow! Overwatch gets graphic with Tracer’s Comic Challenge

Super-powered heroes? Nefarious evil organisations? Dubious allegories to real-world oppression? Overwatch is already basically a comic book series, so why not lean all the way into that? This month, Blizzard are doing just that. Tracer's Comic Challenge is a graphic two-week event for picking up some themed cosmetics, running alongside the release of a new webcomic starring everyone's favourite spatially-unbound Londoner.

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Vehicles have returned to Call Of Duty: Warzone

Well, that didn't take long. Trucks, quads, helicopters and the lot have made their way back onto Call Of Duty: Warzone's battlefield, after some crafty map-breaking exploits led to their sudden removal this weekend. The devs have given the all-clear to getting back behind the steering wheel, safe in the knowledge that you won't accidentally end the game by driving out of bounds.

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World Of Warcraft delves into the Shadowlands this October

You've killed every god, demon and monstrosity in the world of the living - so I s'pose it's time to quest through the afterlife instead. The next chapter in Blizzard's seemingly-unstoppable MMO, World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands tonight announced that it'll open the gates to the collective afterlives in October with two new trailers.

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Blizzard confirms BlizzCon will be a digital event next year

Blizzard have confirmed that they’ll be hosting BlizzCon as an online event due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The annual celebration of their games and communities was cancelled this year, with a suggestion that they’ll be holding it virtually in 2021. During a recent earnings call, Blizzard’s president J. Allen Brack confirmed that it will be happening “early 2021”.

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Overwatch is back at the beach for another round of Summer Games

It's summer! Scotland might've missed the memo (my soaked jeans can attest to that), but at least Overwatch is willing and able to have some fun in the virtual sun. The Summer Games have returned to Blizzard's hero shooter, bringing in a fresh collection of hot beach looks - whether you're chilling by the pool or pushing that dang payload.

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World Of Warcraft Classic begins the war to open Ahn’Qiraj today

Brought your bug repellant, adventurers? World Of Warcraft Classic is going back to Silithus to revisit the game's most notorious bug hunt. Today's update for the throwback MMO is preparing to re-open the lost Silithid empire of Ahn'Qiraj - which is to say that the long and arduous task of funding an army, piecing together an ancient staff worthy of a Scarab Lord, and knocking…

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Who needs clothes to kill WoW Classic’s biggest dragon, anyway?

Onyxia, Broodmother of the Black Dragonflight. If you're a veteran World Of Warcraft player, that name will immediately conjure long-buried feelings of dread - from the precision play needed to take her down, to the hours spent grinding quests to even enter her lair. But Azeroth's scariest dragon seems to have lost her touch, as a band of 40 World Of Warcraft: Classic adventurers worked…

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Overwatch adds orchestral flair (and a new skin) with Sigma’s Maestro Challenge

Oh, to ditch Overwatch's crude gunfights for a night at the opera. To push culture, not payloads. Capture hearts and souls, not control points. Ah, well, the latest challenge event for Blizzard's hero shooter might not be picking up a fiddle anything soon, but it will let you pretend you're the sort of person who frequents the concert hall with Sigma's Maestro Challenge - dressing…

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World Of Warcraft Classic just booted over 74,000 bot accounts

World Of Warcraft Classic has a bot problem. Harking back to the days when MMOs required a hell of a lotta grind, Blizzard's throwback MMO is filled with folk looking for an easy out. Following a particularly nasty few months of scripted heroes, game-breaking exploits and a parade of Orcs marching against cheaters, this month saw the developers wipe the realms clean of over 74,000…

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Call Of Duty: Warzone fires back at cheaters with mandatory 2FA

Call Of Duty: Warzone has a cheating problem. That much is clear. And like many other free-to-play games, part of that problem is that bans don't mean much when you can fire up a new account in seconds. To stop these particular miscreants from popping up again and again, Warzone has introduced mandatory 2FA on all new free accounts on PC.

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Rumour: Diablo 2 is getting a remastered release this year

Hell might freeze over before we hear more about Diablo IV, but you might not have to wait too long before facing off with the devil once more. Emissaries from Hell (well, France) suggest that Blizzard are working on a remaster of Diablo II, reportedly summoning a modern rerelease of the series highlight by the end of the year.

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Overwatch’s revamped chat wheel will finally let you say sorry

You know what you did. Your team knows what you did. That Reinhardt play was awful, but how are you supposed to express remorse? Open the chat box? Plug in a headset? Nonsense. Until now, Overwatch had absolutely no way of letting your team know you messed up. Today's PTR update changes everything, letting you customise your chat wheel with new voice commands to drive…

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World Of Warcraft’s double-XP buff will now last until the next expansion’s pre-patch

Did this whole "being stuck inside" thing get you reinstalling World Of Warcraft again? No? Well, I'm proud of you. If you did fall back into the MMO (or never left), however, the next few months should be smooth sailing indeed. Blizzard this week announced that the Winds of Wisdom double-XP buff has been extended, and will now run until the pre-release update for WoW's…

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