Thursday, November 8, 2018

Show Notes, Blizzard News November 2018



        GENERAL BLIZZARD NEWS        



Activision Blizzard Inc (ATVI) Q3 2018 Earnings Conference Call Transcript

https://www.fool.com/investing/2018/11/08/activision-blizzard-inc-atvi-q3-2018-earnings-conf.aspx

"Last quarter, on average, 345 million people played our games each month and our players spent a record 52 minutes per day playing Activision Blizzard and King games. "

"Third, the expansion of our existing franchises on to mobile, the world's largest platform and the creation of new franchises. And fourth, new and growing franchise engagement revenue models such as esports leagues and digital advertising."

"Now, not all our franchises are experiencing the momentum we see in Call of Duty and Candy Crush and we have to improve the pace of innovation and the cadence of in-game content. "

"Mobile remains the largest and fastest growing platform for gaming in the world and while King is a clear leader in mobile, we're still investing in Activision and Blizzard franchises for mobile releases."

"These are just two of the many mobile initiatives under way across Activision and Blizzard. And King Mobile expertise is now being shared throughout the company, so our beloved PC and console franchises can expand their reach."

"Overwatch League is already well into planning its second season and we are actively advancing how the league model and infrastructure will be applied to Call of Duty and other franchises. "

"At Blizzard, monthly active users were 37 million consistent with the prior quarter. "

"Next year, Blizzard will celebrate World of Warcraft's 15th anniversary with events both in and out of the game." 

"As I said earlier, some of our franchises are underperforming relative to the opportunity that we see including our live operations capabilities and we will continue to push innovation and new content to drive stronger engagement and in-game revenue generation."

"And we'll continue to invest in the reach of the different franchises that we have to acquire more players globally across all platforms including PC, console, and mobile. "

"We have some classic battlegrounds from World of Warcraft that we are remastering and we're going to add some seasonal content as well."

"Later planned updates are going to add new zones, dungeons, and raids for people to explore an additional PVP arena. "



Activision Blizzard (ATVI) 3rd Quarter Earnings: What to Expect

https://www.nasdaq.com/article/activision-blizzard-atvi-3rd-quarter-earnings-what-to-expect-cm1052454



Activision props up World of Warcraft and Call of Duty as top-earners

https://www.destructoid.com/activision-props-up-world-of-warcraft-and-call-of-duty-as-top-earners-530618.phtml



Activision Blizzard Hits Q3 Goals Thanks to WoW and Candy Crush, Destiny 2 Disappoints

https://wccftech.com/activision-blizzard-q3-2018-earnings/





           WORLD OF WARCRAFT           


Blizzard Working on Possible Warcraft and Heroes of the Storm Mobile Games

https://segmentnext.com/2018/11/08/blizzard-new-mobile-games/



Blizzard is rewriting bits of Warcraft III to better mesh with World of Warcraft

https://www.destructoid.com/blizzard-is-rewriting-bits-of-warcraft-iii-to-better-mesh-with-world-of-warcraft-529818.phtml



https://esportsobserver.com/method-raid-races-blizzard/





                      STARCRAFT                      



SUMMARY


Starcraft is back now that everyone is home and semi recovered and the new season starts on November 20th. The new maps have been posted as well on Team Liquid.

WESG qualifiers continue world wide throughout November including tomorrow the USA finals in California. Tickets are free. WESG is a super huge annual event handing out a ton of cash.

Blizzard's ANZ ProLeague team tournament Down Under began today.

Blizzard's long awaited 20th anniversary tournament in Russia is finally about to begin and HomeStory Cup begins in 2 weeks.



INTERVIEW: SERRAL DISCUSSES HIS HISTORIC STARCRAFT II VICTORY

https://www.gamecrate.com/interview-serral-discusses-his-historic-starcraft-ii-victory/21290




The One Word to Sum Up MMA’s SC2 Career is Heart

https://www.vpesports.com/more-esports/starcraft/the-one-word-to-sum-up-mmas-sc2-career-is-heart/




The Pylon Show Episode 27, a Starcraft Podcast 

https://www.twitch.tv/incontroltv

With Artosis and iNcontroL every Wednesday! Also available on YouTube and as a podcast.

This week's guests, Nathanias, Catz and Neuro!









                           ESPORTS                          


Time to end prejudice against esports

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201811/05/WS5bdfa44fa310eff303286832.html



Legendary Game Universes and Esports Superstars Take Center Stage at BlizzCon® 2018

https://www.apnews.com/676266208ddb45e986245ef157e3155a






                    WARCRAFT III                    



There will be a Warcraft 3: Reforged beta – probably “early next year”

https://www.pcgamesn.com/warcraft-iii/warcraft-3-reforged-beta



Warcraft 3: Reforged requires “orders of magnitude” more work than Starcraft Remastered

https://www.pcgamesn.com/warcraft-iii/warcraft-3-reforged-more-work-starcraft-remastered



https://comicbook.com/2018/11/07/warcraft-iii-reforged-world-of-warcraft-references/



Daily and Weekly Tournaments here

https://www.twitch.tv/back2warcraft





                               DIABLO                           


    Blizzard acknowledges the mobile reality

    https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2018-11-09-blizzard-acknowledges-the-mobile-reality

    If this is true, and it probably is, its probably going to be other Blizzard games coming next.



    24 Diablo Immortal Memes For People Who Are Pissed At Blizzard

    http://gaming.ebaumsworld.com/pictures/24-diablo-immortal-memes-that-you-can-view-on-your-pc/85807069/








              HEROES OF THE STORM          


    Blizzard Working on Possible Warcraft and Heroes of the Storm Mobile Games

    https://segmentnext.com/2018/11/08/blizzard-new-mobile-games/




    HEROES OF THE DORM   https://heroesofthedorm.com/








                       HEARTHSTONE                   




    Activision Blizzard Hits Q3 Goals Thanks to WoW and Candy Crush, Destiny 2 Disappoints

    https://wccftech.com/activision-blizzard-q3-2018-earnings/






                         OVERWATCH                     



    Overwatch Director Says Blizzard Is "Very Open-Minded" About Switch Release
    "We would love to do it"

    http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2018/11/overwatch_director_says_blizzard_is_very_open-minded_about_switch_release






                   WARCRAFT CLASSIC               



    Back2Warcraft  @Back2Warcraft

    We interviewed Pete Stilwell, Senior Producer of @Warcraft3 and discussed the current progress, design philosophies, esports, mapmaking and more.

    Also, as a B2W exclusive, Pete reveals a new feature for the game!







          OTHER BLIZZARD RELATED STUFF      








    Sources for these news bits include:

    www.google.com

    https://news.blizzard.com/en-us

    http://www.teamliquid.net/

    And others.



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