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  • Blog Post: Blizzard Opens Up Its Arcade And Editing Tools To Everyone For Free

    The latest StarCraft II update, patch version 2.1, opens up Blizzard's modding and development community in a grandiose way. According to Blizzard, "Patch 2.1 will help open up the StarCraft II community to a broader set of players, offering a plethora of playable Arcade games the community... More
  • Blog Post: Episode 10 Of This Is eSports Episodes Detail The Role Of Managers

    Interested in how eSports teams (and the managers who keep them running) work? We’re checking in with Red Bull’s This is eSports series, which has two new episodes. Episode 10 takes us to the Starcraft II World Championship Series. There, Dave “Walshy” Walsh interviews members... More
  • Blog Post: New World Champion Crowned In StarCraft 2

    At this weekend's Grand Finals at BlizzCon, South Korean Kim "sOs" Yoo Jin became the new world champion of StarCraft 2. Yoo Jin defeated Jae Dong in the finals match, which you can watch below. Jae Dong had been favored to win, but Yoo Jin defeated him 4 to 1 in competition. For winning... More
  • Blog Post: This Is eSports Goes To Starcraft World Championships In Episode 9

    This week’s This is eSports takes us to Los Angeles for the Starcraft II World Championship Series (WCS). A majority of the episode is an in-depth interview with pro player Choi Seong Hun (known on the circuit as “Polt”) conducted by host Dave Walsh. During their conversation, Walshy... More
  • Blog Post: This Is eSports Episode 8 Crowns Another Training Grounds Champion

    This week's This is eSports finishes up the Starcraft II competition at Red Bull Training Grounds in Florida. It's great to see how the competition plays out, but the insights from those that didn't make it to the top are interesting, too. If you've not been following along with Red Bull's... More
  • Blog Post: This Is eSports Episode 5 Is About Downtime And Hyping Up

    Even pro gamers need a little break. In the newest episode of Red Bull's This is eSports series, Walshy heads to Full Sail University for Red Bull Training Grounds Orlando. There, he and the competitors take to the go-kart track before the big competition. We also get to hear from fans attending... More
  • Blog Post: This Is eSports Episode 4 Sees A Training Ground Champion Crowned

    This week's episode of Red Bull's This is eSports series takes us back to the Red Bull Training Grounds to meet some of the competitors. The victor of the Training Grounds competition is headed to Battlegrounds, a major Starcraft II competition. If you've ever wondered how some of the competitors... More
  • Blog Post: This Is eSports Visits Red Bull Training Grounds

    Becoming a top-tier competitive gamer doesn't happen by accident. You don't just sit down at your PC one day and master Starcraft II . It requires intense practice and training. If you've ever wondered what that entails, the newest episode of This is eSports is worth watching. In the video... More
  • Blog Post: This Is eSports Explores Starcraft And Tours Blizzard

    Red Bull is giving eSports fans a look inside the world of competitive gaming with a new web series. This is eSports , hosted by former professional Halo player Dave "Walshy" Walsh is a sixteen-part series and the first two episodes are available now. The first two episodes give viewers an... More
  • Blog Post: Blizzard Offers Tips To Authenticator App Users Planning iOS 7 Upgrade

    Wednesday marks the release of iOS 7 for iPhone and iPad . If you happen to use Blizzard's Authenticator app for World of Warcraft , Diablo III, Starcraft , or the Hearthstone beta, you might want to pay attention to some helpful tips. If you've ever lost your authenticator or had a disconnect... More
  • Blog Post: StarCraft II Now Free To Play (With Friends)

    Cheap gamers rejoice: With spawning now enabled, StarCraft II is free to play so long as one member of a party has purchased either Heart of the Swarm or Wings of Liberty. To play, download the StarCraft II Starter Edition. Once players have joined a team with a player who owns Wings of Liberty, they... More
  • Blog Post: Game of Thrones Opening Recreated In StarCraft II

    A StarCraft II fan has recreated the iconic opening credits sequence of HBO's fantasy hit Game of Thrones with the game's in-engine cutscene editor. While it's not exact, the results are quite impressive, especially given that StarCraft is in the sci-fi, and not fantasy, milieu. Tolkfan,... More
  • Blog Post: [Updated] BlizzCon Is Back This Year In Anaheim, CA

    [Update] Blizzard has announced ticket prices and sales information for the upcoming convention. According to a press release sent out today, BlizzCon 2013 tickets will go on sale for $175 each at the convention's official website . Ticket sales will begin on Wednesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. Pacific... More
  • Blog Post: StarCraft II: Heart Of The Swarm Global Launch Parties Detailed

    Blizzard is hosting nine day-long launch parties for its new StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm expansion, giving fans a chance to enjoy some festivities. The US launch event will take place in Irvine, California at the Irvine Spectrum Mall, beginning at 9 p.m. PDT on March 11. Some of the events planned... More
  • Blog Post: Weekend Warrior 2/22/13

    With a snowstorm covering Minnesota in white powder, it's a good weekend to stay in and play video games. Our editors will do just that this weekend, except for one who's tasked with moving. Ben Hanson : This weekend I might try playing Ni no Kuni for a while longer. I'm not hooked yet, but... More
  • Blog Post: StarCraft Universe Single-Player Prologue Launches

    Back in 2011 Blizzard gave a group of dedicated modders the go-ahead to create a StarCraft MMO. The single-player prologue, Chronicles of Fate, is available now over Battle.net, and offers players a glimpse at the future multiplayer vision. The mod will eventually feature multiplayer raids similar to... More
  • Blog Post: Project Blackstone Domain Registered By Blizzard

    The domain name ProjectBlackstone.com has been registered by Blizzard leading to speculation about what the developer could possibly have up its sleeves. It could have something to do with the upcoming Diablo III expansion which has been promised, but not detailed . Or it could be something entirely... More
  • Blog Post: Major League Gaming Releases Fall Schedule

    The Fall lineup of MLG coverage begins this week. Updates and coverage on the schedule can be monitored here in the coming days, but for now the fall schedule is in full swing. MOBA (Wednesdays at 7pm ET) – Free to Watch Wednesday nights at MLG will feature the best MOBA games and players. League... More
  • Blog Post: Blizzard Considering Making StarCraft II's Multiplayer Free To Play

    When responding to a question from an attendee at a Valencia eSports panel, Dustin Browder, the lead designer of StarCraft II, said that free to play was on the table for StarCraft II's multiplayer. To quote Browder, he said Blizzard is "looking" at free to play as an option. It certainly... More
  • Blog Post: StarCraft II: Heart Of The Swarm Beta Is Live

    Blizzard has started its beta test for Heart of the Swarm, and although it's mostly limited to press and pro gamers right now, the company has released a friendly reminder on how to make your account eligible for participation. The Heart of the Swarm beta officially went live last night, and Blizzard... More
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