Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Show Notes, Blizzard News January 2019



        GENERAL BLIZZARD NEWS        



Former Blizzard Entertainment President Leaving Advisory Role In April

https://esportsobserver.com/morhaime-exits-blizzard-april/



Blizzard Entertainment and NetEase Extend Publishing Partnership Through 2022

https://esportsobserver.com/blizzard-netease-china/



Activision Blizzard Has Just Appointed Three New Presidents 

https://t.co/wQvczQFDPF

https://twitter.com/Twinfinite/status/1083036580686643201



Activision Blizzard Set To Fire Its CFO After Rocky 2018

https://hothardware.com/news/activision-blizzard-fires-cfo





                      STARCRAFT                      



SUMMARY



ASL Season 7 Qualifiers underway in Korea. [Red]NaDa has qualified for #ASL Season 7 over 16 years after winning his first championship in 2002.

https://twitter.com/RAPiDCasting/status/1081487624638889984



ESPN announced  "Moment of the year: Serral becomes first non-Korean to win WCS"

War Chest: Katowice 2019 Complete Bundle is live with new skins, 3 new comics, a Diablo pet, HotS and Hearthstone loot boxes . 25% of all War Chest purchases go to StarCraft II esports. Earn Warchest XP by watching SC streams !

Blizzard announced it is still working out details of SC 2019 Esports.  Both WCS Korea and the WCS Circuit will continue in 2019, and something new called "WCS Winter" replaces one WCS Circuit stop. Qualifiers run Jan 17, 18, and 20. This GSL style 10-week program of 2 online tournaments—one for the Americas and one for Europe— will culminate in a live, winner-advances battle between the top six, one for Europe and one for the Americas.



IEM Katowice 2019

https://twitter.com/IEM/status/1067855648979861505?s=19

We’re excited to announce that StarCraft II will once again be featured at Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM) Katowice Grand Finals on March 3, players will be battling it out for their share of a prize pool worth over USD $250,000.

There will be a series of online qualifiers in January, as well as an on-site qualifier at the ESL studio in Katowice on February 25–26. Keep an eye on the official IEM website.

2018 World Championship Series champion Joona “Serral” Sotala has accepted his invitation to compete and will be seeded directly into the Round of 24.




The Pylon Show Episode 32, 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, Rotterdam, Maynarde and Neuro! The last episode of the year. With beverages!







                           ESPORTS                          



Blizzard Entertainment and NetEase Extend Publishing Partnership Through 2022

https://esportsobserver.com/blizzard-netease-china/



NBC4i.com: Ohio State begins work on competitive e-sports arena. 




Blizzard Wants to Clean Up Twitch Chat Using Battle.net Accounts

https://www.pcmag.com/news/365644/blizzard-wants-to-clean-up-twitch-chat-using-battle-net-acco







                    WARCRAFT III                    



Blizzard Entertainment and NetEase Extend Publishing Partnership Through 2022

https://esportsobserver.com/blizzard-netease-china/



Warcraft III: Reforged reminds us why mod toolsets should matter

https://venturebeat.com/2018/12/10/warcraft-iii-reforged-reminds-us-why-mod-toolsets-should-matter/



Daily and Weekly Tournaments here

https://www.twitch.tv/back2warcraft







           WORLD OF WARCRAFT           



World of Warcraft Doubles Viewership on Twitch in 2018 With New Expansion


                               DIABLO                           



    Diablo 3 Season 16 Starts on January 18th



    The Loot Goblin Amiibo Will Steal Your Heart (And Wallet)

    https://twinfinite.net/2018/12/the-loot-goblin-amiibo-will-steal-your-heart-and-wallet/



    SEASON 16: THE SEASON OF GRANDEUR BEGINS 1/18

    https://news.blizzard.com/en-us/diablo3/22820656/season-16-the-season-of-grandeur-begins-1-18



    League of Legends, Overwatch, PUBG, Fortnite among list of games reportedly banned in China

    https://www.foxsportsasia.com/esports/996831/996831/

    LoL is joined by several games developed by Blizzard Entertainment, including Overwatch, Diablo, and World of Warcraft (WoW), among the group of games that needed to take “corrective action.”







                       HEARTHSTONE                   









                         OVERWATCH                     


    PCGamesN: Overwatch Contenders player leaves team after threats of doxxing.




    Blizzard Wants to Clean Up Twitch Chat Using Battle.net Accounts

    https://www.pcmag.com/news/365644/blizzard-wants-to-clean-up-twitch-chat-using-battle-net-acco




    British Esports League

    https://twitter.com/British_Esports/status/1076084871422865408?s=19








                   WARCRAFT CLASSIC               








              HEROES OF THE STORM          




    Blizzard Entertainment and NetEase Extend Publishing Partnership Through 2022

    https://esportsobserver.com/blizzard-netease-china/






                          BLIZZARD MOBILE                      



    The Loot Goblin Amiibo Will Steal Your Heart (And Wallet)

    https://twinfinite.net/2018/12/the-loot-goblin-amiibo-will-steal-your-heart-and-wallet/








          OTHER BLIZZARD RELATED STUFF      




    Starblo – Blizzard’s Unreleased Sci-Fi ARPG

    https://techraptor.net/content/starblo-erich-schaefer









    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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