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  1. Gamers’ Lawsuit Goes After Blizzard Over Battle.Net Authenticator System

    In the wake of a series of invasive hacks earlier this year, Battle.Net users are taking their anger and frustration out on Blizzard with a new class action lawsuit. While lawsuits are par for the course when it comes to potentially leaking users' credit card information, it seems that WoW and Diablo III fans are enraged over a different aspect of the scandal. Rather than focusing on the allegedly lackluster security of Battle.Net, users are suing over the fact that Blizzard tried to take advantage of the event by strongly recommending that insecure users buy the Battle.Net authenticator, a little keychain dongle that generates random passwords for players' accounts.

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  2. Report: Iranian Government Blocking Battle.net Due to Promotion of Superstition and Mythology

    When it comes to Iran and the Internet, we never quite know what to expect, but we can usually assume that it's never anything good regarding digital freedom. A Tehran Blizzard player posted to the forums that Blizzard's online service is now blocked from the Iranian Internet. The user posted a screenshot of the government's message that lists reasons for the block, which includes the "promotion of superstition and mythology."

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  3. Hold Onto Your Gold Purses, Battle.Net’s Been Breached

    It's time to change your passwords, World of Warcraft fans! The security of Battle.net has been compromised, Blizzard president Mike Morhaime announced earlier this week. The breach has since been found and closed, but not before a  big ol' list of user names, answers to security questions, and data related to Blizzard's special Battle.net Authenticator software was taken from their servers.

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  4. Blizzard Announces There Won’t be a BlizzCon in 2012

    Sorry, legions upon legions of Blizzard fans, but Blizzard announced that there won't be a BlizzCon in 2012. Don't worry, though, BlizzCon isn't gone forever, it's just on hiatus for one year, and Blizzard is planning on holding BlizzCon again in 2013. The reasons Blizzard cites for putting the show on hold for a year are due to a "jam-packed schedule," which focuses on getting Diablo III, the second third of StarCraft II, Hearts of the Swarm, and the panda-centric World of Warcraft expansion, Mists of Pandaria, out to fans on time.

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  5. Pirated Starcraft II Holds Record for Most Transferred Torrent

    According to an article over on TorrentFreak, a pirated release of Starcraft II, with a torrent size of 7.19 gigabytes of data, has been downloaded around 2.3 million times totaling 15.77 petabytes of transferred data. Even more interesting, the torrent was only released about three months ago.

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  6. The Real ID Debacle: What We’ve Learned

    This past week, the single most important story in geekdom has been the unfolding of Blizzard's Real ID saga, which concluded this afternoon when Blizzard announced that players would not be required to use their real names on future Blizzard forums, which, if implemented, would have affected millions World of Warcraft and StarCraft II players. Blizzard is one of the 800-pound gorillas of the gaming world, and had they gone ahead with this, it would have changed the culture of gaming, and, arguably, the Internet. But ultimately, Blizzard backed down.

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  7. Blizzard Will Soon Force Forum Members to Use Real First and Last Names

    Last month, Blizzard Entertainment rolled out a program called Real ID, a quasi-social networking service for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III gamers to stay in touch outside the games. As Real ID's name suggests, its most contentious feature is that it requires people to register using their real first and last names -- no more fake names or obscure gaming references allowed. When Real ID launched, CNET described it as a "voluntary, optional level of identity designed to keep players connected even outside of WoW."

    Well, as of today, Real ID is going to get a little bit less voluntary: According to a just-posted announcement, Blizzard will soon require gamers participating in its WoW and StarCraft II forums to do so through Real ID, connecting their posts with their real identities. Why? Because they say anonymity breeds trolls.

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  8. Blizzard to Craft Unholy Alliance with Facebook

    Blizzard announced today that its ongoing revamp of the Battle.net service will introduce one pretty scary optional feature: Facebook integration.  Battle.net is the online matchmaking service that has grouped up players of Starcraft, Warcraft, and Diablo games for thirteen years.  It received a major face lift last year, in preparation for taking an even larger role in the lives of Blizzard's players.  The new service will basically be a gaming social network the likes of Xbox Live, or Steam, instead of just a tiered matchmaker. From the official press release:
    "We're pleased to be working with Facebook to integrate their platform with Battle.net to enhance the social-entertainment experience for our players," said Paul Sams, chief operating officer of Blizzard Entertainment. "This new functionality will make it easier than ever to connect with friends on Battle.net and play StarCraft II and future Blizzard Entertainment games together."

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