Paid level upgrade in World of Warcraft upsets players, Blizzard responds

Blizzard wow-warlords-of-draenor-payis at the heart of a storm of controversy after players of World of Warcraft caught wind of an offer giving anyone the opportunity to pay their way to a Level 90 character.

The offer was spotted by WoW Insider, who took took a screengrab of what clearly looks like the ability to buy a Level 90 character for a shocking $60. The offer has since been removed.

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Report: NSA spying on online games

Spies nsa-spying-warcraftaren’t just listening in on your phone calls and reading your e-mails. They’re also monitoring your gaming.

Based on new information disclosed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, a joint report by The New York Times, ProPublica and The Guardian alleges that U.S. and British spies have conducted surveillance and gathered data in online games such as World of Warcraft and Second Life.

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World of Warcraft movie gets a new director

When warcraft-movie-jonesfamed director Sam Raimi dropped out of the long-in-development World of Warcraft film last summer, fans feared it would never get made.

That discouragement has turned to optimism once again, though, as Duncan Jones — whose directorial work on films such as “Source Code” and “Moon” has earned him heaps of critical praise — has signed on to shepherd Azeroth to the big screen.

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Millions of World of Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft players at risk after server hack

Add Blizzard Entertainment to the long list of video game companies that have been hacked in the past 18 months.

Mike Morhaime, president of the company behind titles such as World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III, announced the breach of the company’s servers in a note to users late Thursday afternoon, urging them to change their passwords.

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Blizzard to shed 600 staffers

“World of Warcraft” creator Blizzard Entertainment, which had been immune from broad staff cuts throughout its 20-plus-year existence, announced plans Wednesday to slash 600 positions from its payroll.

Roughly 60 of those jobs will be game developers, with the rest coming from other divisions. While the company did not specify precisely where it will trim the extra workers, industry observers expect the majority to come from the customer-service unit.

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