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Heroes of the Storm's Kaeo Milker on Going From 'Great Game' to 'Great Free-to-Play Game'

By Steve Watts, Mar 29, 2017 12:30pm PDT

Heroes of the Storm is kicking off its '2.0 Update' with a huge overhaul to how players earn items and level up their characters. I talked with producer Kaeo Milker about the transition, esports, free-to-play, and more.


Heroes of the Storm '2.0' Update Gives a New Free-to-Play Foundation

By Steve Watts, Mar 29, 2017 8:00am PDT

A totally revised progression ramp, Loot Chests, new rewards to collect, and more are all currently available in open beta.


"I'm in the shacknews NA chat channel if anyone is up for games/shacker invites"

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Hearthstone Update to Fix Ladder System, Nerf Cards

By Steve Watts, Feb 14, 2017 10:15am PST

An update due later this month aims to make ladder less tedious and slow down the aggressive metagame.


"Alright, so that’s two (1) drops nerfed, how bout the other ten or so that are on par with (2) ..."

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Activision Blizzard Creates New Consumer Products Division

By John Keefer, Feb 02, 2017 9:38am PST

Apparently, the company's franchises need to be further ingrained into the consumer mentality.


"agreed; I dunno why I wrote "nearly" when I meant to say "over""

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Overwatch teases 'Year of the Rooster' in-game event

By Steve Watts, Jan 19, 2017 6:20am PST

Overwatch's next batch of skins and doodads appears themed after the Chinese New Year.


"Yeah you can purchase them while the event is active. They are often super expensive though so ..."

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Hearthstone: Making the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan

By Steve Watts, Dec 21, 2016 9:00am PST

We take an inside look at the creation of Hearthstone's latest expansion, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, with Blizzard designer Matt Place and art director Ben Thompson.


Physical sales of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare dropped 50 percent compared to Black Ops 3

By David Craddock, Dec 09, 2016 1:09pm PST

Activision's shares fell, and analysts believe lower-than-expected Call of Duty sales could be at least partially to blame.


"Why do they keep rebooting this shit? What was wrong with the one with Emma Stone?"

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Hearthstone 'Mean Streets of Gadgetzan' Card Reviews (Part 5)

By Steve Watts, Nov 29, 2016 7:00am PST

We finalize our in-depth look at the upcoming Hearthstone 'Mean Streets of Gadgetzan' expansion with all the rest, just before its release this Thursday!


Here are All of Hearthstone's 'Mean Streets of Gadgetzan' Cards

By Shack Staff, Nov 28, 2016 12:20pm PST

Check out the full line-up of revealed cards for the upcoming Hearthstone expansion, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan.


Hearthstone 'Mean Streets of Gadgetzan' Card Reviews (Part 4)

By Steve Watts, Nov 25, 2016 11:45am PST

Hearthstone's 'Mean Streets of Gadgetzan' expansion is just around the corner. This week, we review cards from the shadowy Jade Lotus faction.


"Thanks for reading! They're having a stream on Monday so that's likely to be the rest of the cards."

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Hearthstone 'Mean Streets of Gadgetzan' Card Reviews (Part 3)

By Steve Watts, Nov 18, 2016 11:00am PST

We continue to explore Hearthstone's 'Mean Streets of Gadgetzan' with another round of card reviews. This week, we focus on the mysterious mystics of the Kabal faction.


Hearthstone 'Mean Streets of Gadgetzan' Card Reviews (Part 2)

By Steve Watts, Nov 11, 2016 2:30pm PST

We're back with another round of Hearthstone card reviews in anticipation of the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan. This week focuses primarily on the Grimy Goons faction.


Activision says Destiny 2 will 'broaden the appeal' of the franchise

By David Craddock, Nov 03, 2016 3:27pm PDT

The publisher is sticking to 2017 as a broad release window.


"Destiny 2 will be procedurally generated and it will offer over 100 bajillion unique maps and ..."

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Overwatch, World of WarCraft, and Call of Duty boost Activision Blizzard's Q3 revenue and profit

By David Craddock, Nov 03, 2016 2:57pm PDT

Although the company forewent sharing sales, plenty of other numbers illustrated recent success stories.


Facebook wants to get more involved in eSports

By David Craddock, Nov 01, 2016 2:29pm PDT

Amazon, ESPN, and others paved a path that Facebook wants to follow.