With the Leipzig Games Convention just two days away, Blizzard has announced that it will be showing off World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King and StarCraft II at the show in playable form.
Wrath of the Lich King will let players adventure in the Howling Fjord region of Northend and check out Utgarde Keep, a five-person dungeon located there. For StarCraft II, attendees will be able to experience the newly revealed units of the Terran race and play as either the Terrans or the Protoss in single-player skirmishes and in multiplayer battles on six different maps.
Though Blizzard is doing well in China, it still isn’t far away from legal problems. The company has been sued by Chinese IT company Founder Electronics who is claiming for 100 million yuan in damages for copyright infringement. Apparently, Blizzard, The9 (which runs WoW in China) and Qingwentuwen (Beijing distributor) had used five fonts from the company’s database for use in World of Warcraft without proper authorization.
Founder Electronics, the largest provider of Chinese fonts in the country, claims that the infringement of copyright was “serious” due to the fact that WoW has more than 7.5 million active player accounts. “The lost earnings of one billion yuan was a conservative estimate,” they said.
No comment has been made yet by Blizzard. This is, interestingly, the largest IP suit in China, a country ridden with software piracy.
Easily making it the most popular MMORPG in the world, Blizzard today announced that World of Warcraft has surpassed 9 million subscribers worldwide.
The game has debuted in North America in November 2004 and has since then seen steady growth thanks to worldwide launches and regular new content.
Instead of bashing games, this senator plays video games, and is damn proud of it. Pacific Daily News recently sat down with Sen. Ray Tenorio, a lawmaker from the state of Guam, who plays a level 70 Dwarf priest by the name of Paleray in World of Warcraft.
“What I like about World of Warcraft is it’s a great way to be able to reach out and connect with other people,” he said. “So many different people play — attorneys, accountants, geeks… all kinds of people.”
He also stated that he currently has no plans to move on to a different game, mostly because WoW adds new content regular. “There’s always something new to come back to,” he claimed.
Tenorio is a member of Guam’s 15-member unicameral legislature. More details on this gamer can be found on his official website.
The classic MMO-themed South Park episode Make Love, Not Warcraft has been nominated for Emmy in the outstanding animated program category. It is up against The Simpsons, Robot Chicken, SpongeBob and Avatar.
The winners will be announced during a live broadcast on September 16.
Blizzard’s latest efforts to combat gold farmers has been detailed in this World of Warcraft forum post, stating that the company has sued Peons4hire, a popular gold-selling organization operating within the MMORPG world.According to the post, the organization is to cease its activities at once, though it is yet to do so.
MMO Portal has announced that MMO Calendar 2007 has gone on sale, offering artwork from a wide range of MMOGs for the twelve months of 2007. Titles range from the ubiquitous World of Warcraft to Dungeons & Dragons Online. In addition, each artwork is signed by the developers themselves. Proceeds from the sale will go directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, so if you want to bring a smile to childrens’ faces and want to get yourself some MMOG love, this is the way to do it!
Further details, as well as purchase information, can be found on their website.
Blizzard has foiled the cheaters again! The World of Warcraft Community site carries word on action taken by the company against cheaters in the month of November, stating that they have banned over 105,000 accounts and removed over 12 million gold from the game’s economy that were the product of cheating and gold farming.
Blizzard Entertainment has officially announced that The Burning Crusade, the highly anticipated expansion for World of Warcraft, has been delayed to January 2007. The company hopes that the addition of a few extra weeks to the development cycle will let it “further refine the new content that will ship.”
The closed beta test for the expansion has begun earlier this month. This delay will allow these testers to continue providing feedback that will shape the final release.
Summer cleaning has been going on at full force at Square Enix and Blizzard recently, as the two companies have announced that they have banned accounts from Final Fantasy XI and World of Warcraft, respectively, doe to “suspicious” activities and cheating.
In an update on the Final Fantasy XI website, the publisher states that after investigation, over 2000 PlayOnline accounts have been either suspended or terminated July 21 due to “malicious and intentional use of third-party tools.” The update also mentions that the publisher is not friendly towards RMT (Real Money Trade) activities and will be breaking down on individuals who carry out these sort of transactions.
On the Blizzard front, World of Warcraft has been approximately 59,000 bans, as well as the removal of 22 million gold from the total economy to eliminate cheating in the extremely popular MMORPG. The company also called for players to take action against suspicious users by reporting them to in-game GMs, or emailing details to firstname.lastname@example.org.