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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.

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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.

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"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.

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

- Goodkatt see all 5 comments

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.

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

- Amusatron see all 4 comments

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.

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"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.

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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.

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

- abrasion see all 13 comments

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!

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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.

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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.

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

- SporkyReeve see all 4 comments

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.

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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.

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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.

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"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.

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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.

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