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Diablo 3 real-money auction house to require authenticator

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 11, 2012 6:00am PDT

Having your Diablo III account hacked and plundered already sucks, but it'd be far worse if you'd paid money for that gear. So Blizzard will require that players use a Battle.net Authenticator for the real-money auction house.

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"Can anyone answer me, don't Blizzard have any "White Knight" hackers? Haven't they tried to ..."

- aoleon see all 118 comments

Blizzard apologies for Diablo 3 launch issues, delaying real-money auction house

By Alice O'Connor, May 17, 2012 6:00am PDT

Blizzard has apologies for the troubles that plagued Diablo III's overloaded servers at launch. While it says everything is now "online and running relatively smoothly," it's decided to delay the real-money auction house until all's swell.

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"I love my 500 latency, brings me joy to rubberband all over the place on a single player game. ..."

- Saldrin see all 61 comments

Diablo 3 launch overloads servers

By Alice O'Connor, May 15, 2012 2:40am PDT

Turns out, Diablo III is pretty popular. So popular, in fact, that the servers have been overloaded by the flood of clickmaniacs. Still, there as some good news, as Blizzard is helping out Australian pre-orderers after retailer GAME ditched them but kept their money.

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"Because the chatties are so chock-full of civility and intelligence? Really?"

- wytefang see all 108 comments

WoW dev analyzes Cataclysm's dungeons and raids

By John Keefer, Mar 06, 2012 3:15pm PST

As part of an ongoing postmortem series, Blizzard's Nethaera interviews World of Warcraft's Lead Encounter Designer Scott "Daelo" Mercer about Cataclysm's dungeons and raids for the World of Warcraft blog on Battle.net.

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"I solved all the wow problems I was frustrated with by unsubscribing as well."

- Zero Hoki see all 3 comments

Blizzard introduces BattleTag nicknames as Real ID alternative

By Alice O'Connor, Dec 16, 2011 6:45am PST

Blizzard is introducing a new unified friends system which uses player-chosen nicknames, BattleTags. You'll be able to stay friends with people across games and WoW realms without sharing your real name.

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"It isn't that different from sites that use your Facebook login for their comments, unless I am ..."

- OmegaRed59 see all 8 comments

More StarCraft 2 Bans Handed Out for Hacking

By Brian Leahy, Nov 30, 2010 4:30pm PST

Blizzard has launched another wave of account bans for hackers and cheaters in StarCraft II, though no specifics have been revealed by the company....

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"Wow, if, for example, you don't care achivements at all, why you morally or not allow people to ..."

- Mini-d see all 36 comments

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Pre-Sales Begin

By Brian Leahy, Oct 28, 2010 2:00pm PDT

As promised, Blizzard has begun selling World of Warcraft: Cataclysm through its Battle.net store ahead of the game's December 7 release date....

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"I played WOW back when the Lich King expansion came out, and I foolishly went to a local ..."

- AlanSaysYo see all 19 comments

Battle.net Authenticator Policy Changed

By Brian Leahy, Oct 08, 2010 12:40pm PDT

Blizzard has made a policy change to its Authenticator security devices and programs in an effort to better protect Battle.net game accounts....

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"Considering that you need to use an authenticator in the first place, if you compromise your ..."

- Bensam123 see all 7 comments

Over 5,000 StarCraft 2 Players Banned for Hacking

By Brian Leahy, Oct 01, 2010 3:00pm PDT

[Update 10/4] Blizzard has told Shacknews that these bans were handed out at the "game account level," though there have been account suspensions...

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"my point was that all that hard work was wasted on a online game, if those skills were devoted ..."

- Papptist see all 34 comments

Blizzard Adds Opt-Out to Real ID System, Other Preferences

By Brian Leahy, Sep 30, 2010 11:40am PDT

Blizzard has added a full opt-out option to its Real ID program, which will span across all of its enabled games--currently World of Warcraft and...

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"so... I did this, and it deleted my friends which was all real id friends, I turned it back on, ..."

- damageundone see all 17 comments

Shack PSA: Add a Blizzard Authenticator

By Brian Leahy, Jul 26, 2010 4:00pm PDT

With so many gamers picking up StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty tonight or tomorrow, it's time to have an important talk about account security....

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"Hey guys, should I buy the Starcraft 2? I haven't been hearing any breaking news about reviews ..."

- commanderxp90 see all 86 comments

A Look Back on the StarCraft 2 Beta

By Brian Leahy, Jul 19, 2010 4:30pm PDT

With the beta for StarCraft 2's mulitplayer finished, it's time to take a look back on the last five months as we wait another 8 days for the release of the full retail game on July 27. It a

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"There are words in your post, but they don't make any sense. Are you a bot?"

- DewFuel see all 61 comments

Blizzard Publishes FAQ on Real ID and Facebook for Battle.net and its Games

By Brian Leahy, Jul 16, 2010 2:15pm PDT

Blizzard has published a set of answers to some frequently asked questions in regards to the company's Real ID system, Facebook integration, and...

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"Just a hunch, but I take it you're a heterosexual white male?"

- boneyd79 see all 16 comments

StarCraft 2 Available Digitally on Day One; New Website Launches

By Brian Leahy, Jul 15, 2010 10:15am PDT

StarCraft 2 will be available digitally on release day, July 27, and is available for pre-loading at this time. The digital copy will go live at...

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"Why would the price be different than every other game? It's gonna be $50 USD. "

- therightclique see all 72 comments

Blizzard Kills Real Name Forum Policy; Anonymity Will Remain

By Brian Leahy, Jul 09, 2010 11:20am PDT

After 3 days and a ridiculous amount of negative feedback, Blizzard has scrapped plans for forcing official Battle.net forum contributers to do so...

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"Some of us have very unique names. I, for instance, would be very very easily found and/or ..."

- vertdang see all 166 comments