We've recently banned several thousand Hearthstone accounts that were associated with the use of third-party programs that automate gameplay, otherwise known as "bots" or "botting." These accounts will be banned until 2015. As we've stated, fair play is at the core of the Hearthstone experience, and cheating and botting will not be tolerated.Blizzard encourages players who encounter exploits to contact the hacks team; those who believe they've been wrongly banned can appeal their ban through the customer service department. [We've corrected our original story, which directed folks to the hacks team for all issues.]
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- League of Legends is poised to generate $1 billion in annual revenue.
- Hearthstone announced plans to release for smartphones early next year.
- Juggernaut is Marvel Heroes' 40th playable character.
- Shroud of the Avatar posted release 11 and prepared to debut on Steam.
- SMITE's oceanic servers went live today.
- Infinite Crisis revealed creepy alien starfish Starro, a new playable hero.
- Star Citizen detailed its ship design pipeline.
- Guns of Icarus Online overhauled progression and matching.
- Path of Exile deployed patch 1.2.4 and posted the schedule and prizes for its next season.
- The McLaren F1 landed in World of Speed, the only place you can afford one.
- F.E.A.R. Online launched on Steam.
- Crossplatform mobile MMO Arcane Legends infographic reveals 15 million installs.
- Check out new footage from Square's MOBA Lord of Vermilion.
Not So Massively: Star Citizen's Guinness record, Dota 2's mega patch, and GTAO's last team standing
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- Star Citizen hit 55 million in crowdfunding funds, setting a new Guinness record for "the largest crowdfunding anything of all time." Chris Roberts says the team is working even harder on new ships.
- SMITE formally revealed Sylvanus, Keeper of the Wild.
- Destiny considered matchmaking tools, confirmed DLC leaks.
- Massively's Mike Foster streamed the aftermath of Dota 2's 6.82 patch.
- Elite: Dangerous launched Beta 2. Beta 3 is scheduled to begin October 28th.
- Massively's Game Archaeologist investigated the Habitat restoration project.
- Shroud of the Avatar's update 10 stressed stability and challenge dungeons.
- Hearthstone's October 2014 ranked play season has a Halloween theme.
- Path of Exile outlined its plans for race season nine and Hall of Grandmasters development.
- GTA Online launched its Last Team Standing update.
- Chaos Heroes Online entered open beta with a brand-new trailer.
- State of Decay announced it's sold two million copies.
- World of Tanks released its Tank Rally mode.
- Dawngate released a producer's letter, new Ronan video, and a new patch.
Chayes told Polygon that one of the big concerns for the team is making sure that the pace of new content for the game neither bores veteran players nor overwhelms new arrivals, making an expansion something of a challenging prospect. If the expansion goes well, the plan will be to mix up full expansions and single-player challenges over the course of a year, giving players more things to look forward to. No hard and fast details have been announced yet, but expected them in the near future.
So Titan joins Starcraft Ghost and Warcraft Adventures in the Blizzard graveyard. It's a loss for those who were hoping to see what Blizz could do outside of World of Warcraft in the MMO space. But what does this cancellation mean for Blizzard, the industry, and us as MMO gamers? I have a few thoughts, although I'll pre-empt them by predicting that your life will most likely go on just the same it did before this momentous announcement.
- Massively's Justin investigated how Hellgate survived being Flagshipped.
- We examined MMOTCG HEX's closed beta and compared it to Hearthstone.
- Elite: Dangerous' pricing scheme was announced.
- Kukulkan, Serpent of the Nine Winds, slithered into SMITE.
- Marvel Heroes welcomed Rogue into its fold.
- The Crew fired up a new gameplay trailer.
- Star Citizen's racing module went live; the team also announced Citizen Con for October.
- Riot Games kicked off a new e-sports documentary.
- Chaos Heroes Online is now in closed beta.
- Heroes of the Storm introduced a 64-bit client for its technical alpha.
- Wanna hear snippets of MMO composer Chance Thomas' Dota 2 score?
- Sci-fi sandbox Beyond Sol angled for Steam greenlighting.
- A new World of Speed trailer wub wubbed its way through Moscow.
- TUG says multiplayer is still on the way.
- DayZ reminds everyone what early access really means.
- Hearthstone planned balance changes, including nerfs to the Leeroy Jenkins card.
- Vainglory is a new MOBA for Apple fanatics.
- Players discovered a serious Diablo III exploit.
- And of course, Destiny launched, patched, and made a bajillion dollars and scored a free song its first week.
The game launched on the iPad in April and is aiming at an Android tablet release in the near future, as well as expanding to iOS/Android phones. Hearthstone will also have its first world championship at Blizzcon this year, with contestants fighting for a $250,000 prize pool.
[Source: Blizzard Entertainment press release]
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- Destiny is now live! Did you catch the launch trailers?
- League of Legends is rebooting its lore.
- The Stomping Land vanished from Steam.
- What do you play while waiting for Star Citizen's delayed Arena Commander module?
- We looked at Upsilon Circuit, Tome, and Wander at PAX Prime.
- Path of Exile unveiled more of the Hall of the Grandmasters and new flame effects.
- Phantasy Star Online 2's western release isn't a lost cause.
- The Witcher MOBA is now in closed beta on Android.
- Hearthstone announces its sixth season and a new piratey card back.
- Elite: Dangerous released its latest newsletter, this one on exploration.
- Warframe launched on the Xbox One.
- R2Games announced Mythborne, a new OARPG.
- ESPN's head honcho says e-sports aren't sports.
- Firefly Online is recruiting beta testers. (Thanks, Natasha.)
Purchasing a virtual ticket will give you access to bonus in-game goods for World of Warcraft, Diablo III, StarCraft II, Heroes of the Storm, and Hearthstone, although the details are not yet available. All of the streams are also available in high definition and can be re-watched, so you needn't worry about missing something. If you've already purchased a physical ticket, you still have access to a virtual ticket as well, so you can still take advantage of the streaming. Everyone who wants to attend can at least get something like that experience.
As in previous months, success in ranked play will earn you bonuses toward the next season, but even if you start at or above Rank 20 this season you'll need to play at least one ranked match to earn the new card back. Fortunately, you have plenty of time to do just that if you want your deck to tell opponents that they'd better buckle their swashes.
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- Massively's Justin took The Crew's beta and Shroud of the Avatar out for a spin.
- Dota 2 landed e-sports on the front page of the New York Times over the weekend.
- We took a look at MOBAs Strife (now in open beta) and Heroes of the Storm at PAX Prime. HOTS released an interactive battleground page as well.
- Star Citizen's Arena Commander V0.9 patch was delayed.
- Diablo III's 2.10 patch released with week of in-game bonuses.
- Why Marvel Heroes is the industry's surprise success story.
- We talked to the Hearthstone team, which just added a new member, about its upcoming expansion (yes, another one). The latest season of ranked play has now ended.
- Chaos Heroes Online posted a new core features video.
- Elite: Dangerous' latest newsletter discusses upcoming mission additions.
- We got the scoop on State of Decay and Moonrise at PAX.
- NGames announced closed beta for Call of Alliance.
- Pre-order Destiny on Xbox One to pre-load it before launch.
- Heroes & Generals topped 2.6 million registered players.
- We gave away a ton of Dizzel in-game item keys.
- Motiga introduced two new Gigantic heroes via livestream and showed off new gameplay footage.
- TUG's latest update included predators, apothecary, alchemy, and terrain tweaks.
I talked with Game Director Eric Dodds about how this small project at Blizzard blew up into a great success story. He said that when the team noticed that Twitch livestreams of Hearthstone were drawing in thousands and tens of thousands of viewers is when the studio knew that it had a hit on its hands.
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- Remember Hellgate? It's back, this time on Steam Greenlight.
- Path of Exile launched its Forsaken Masters minispansion.
- Destiny devs explained its lack of trade functionality, released its launch trailer, and took the ice bucket challenge.
- GTA Online's San Andreas Flight School update released for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
- SMITE released new Mayan god Cabrakan and a reward program for its world championships.
- Star Citizen's next stretch goal is a player dispute staff position at CIG.
- The Witcher: Battle Arena mobile game launched a trailer and Android beta signups.
- World of Warplanes added a new PvE mode called Battle Against Bots.
- Transformers Universe introduced two new heroes, Macro and Firebreaker.
- The latest Elite: Dangerous newsletter featured the mechanics of outposts and smuggling.
- Hearthstone released another wing of its Naxxramas expansion: Frostwyrm Lair.
- Diablo III's Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition landed in brick-and-mortar stores.
- MOBA Chaos Heroes posted a video describing its development history.
Gamasutra reports that Blizzard's partner in the region, NetEase, posted a "modest rise" in both profit and revenue during the second quarter. The company reported revenue of $376.6M, a rise of 13% from last year. This financial summary includes NetEase's own titles along with World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Hearthstone. Hearthstone was singled out as a "strong earner" due to its recent launch in the region.
Both Blizzard and NetEase are working to bring Diablo III and Heroes of the Storm to the country in the future.
The CE, which is priced at $89.99 on Amazon, includes the full game, a behind-the-scenes DVD/Blu-ray set, the soundtrack, a 160-page art book, and a mouse pad. Of course, if digital goodies are more your style, then you'll be happy to know that you'll get a Dread Raven mount and Dread Hatchling pet for World of Warcraft, two StarCraft II portraits, a pennant for Diablo III, and a custom card back for Hearthstone.
Blizzard said that supplies of the collector's edition are limited.
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