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8:30 PM on 03.07.2013

Sam Raimi on what went wrong with the Warcraft movie

Years ago, Sam Raimi was set to direct Legendary Pictures' film adaptation of World of Warcraft. He left the project quite some time ago, and more recently, Moon director Duncan Jones signed on to fill the vacancy. Speaking t...

Jordan Devore

9:30 PM on 01.30.2013

New director signs on for Legendary's Warcraft movie

Legendary Pictures' big-screen adaptation of Warcraft has landed a new director, Duncan Jones, according to Hollywood Reporter and later confirmed by Blizzard Entertainment. He's best known for directing Source Code and Moon,...

Jordan Devore

8:00 AM on 01.18.2013

A Warcraft mod for StarCraft II is in progress

Warcraft III is one of my favorite RTS games of all time -- and I've been playing the genre since before the original Command and Conquer in 1995. There's just something about how it perfectly blends all of the best elements...

Chris Carter

9:20 AM on 02.10.2012

Blizzard is suing Valve over DOTA trademark

MMO leader Blizzard has filed against Valve in an attempt to stop it trademarking DOTA, claiming the name has been used in exclusive association with the Warcraft series for more than seven years. It was filed late last year ...

Jim Sterling

1:00 PM on 10.23.2011

BlizzCon 11 photos, part deux it again

The parade of hi-res orgasm fuel continues with the second day of BlizzCon 11 photos. I can't pretend that I'm all too familiar with Blizzard's repertoire, but I can appreciate like-minded geeks coming together to make any ol...

Tony Ponce

1:00 AM on 10.22.2011

Day one photos from BlizzCon

Blizzcon kicked off on Friday, and for everyone that can't be there, enjoy these very nice pictures. There is cool cosplay, miniature Warcraft action and a three monitor set-up. There is some other stuff too, but the whole th...

Victoria Medina





9:00 AM on 08.03.2011

Blizzard trademarks likely name for WoW Expansion

Cataclysm has only been out for a few months, but a trademark filed for "Mists of Pandaria" suggests Blizzard may already be starting work on its next World of Warcraft expansion. For those that don't know (basically me, abou...

Daniel Starkey

10:30 PM on 02.07.2011

What the hell? Blizzard theme park 'Joyland' for China?

Never would I have combined the two random thoughts to come up with the idea of a Blizzard-themed theme park. It doesn't quite compute in my head, but the more I think about it, the more I like it. Of course, if there was to ...

Dale North

10:20 AM on 02.07.2011

Prepare your Zerg cosplay, BlizzCon 2011 dated

Blizzard Entertainment's BlizzCon is always a massive success, so the fact that there's another one schedule for this year isn't a shock. Now you can mark it on your calendar, though: BlizzCon 2011 is taking place October 21 ...

Nick Chester

9:40 AM on 01.24.2011

Oh, WoW! BoneCraft makes fantasy gaming naughty

Those crazy guys behind the sex adventure game BoneTown have released a trailer for BoneCraft. BoneCraft is an upcoming fantasy/sci-fi game parodying the famous Blizzard money-makers. The game will have elf prostitutes, horny...

Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon

7:00 AM on 11.15.2010

Amazon deals on PC games today

Amazon is gearing up for the holidays with their Prelude to Black Friday event. All week, they'll be posting deals on videogames so you might save a little dough on your gift purchases this year and get it all out of the way ...

Conrad Zimmerman



Destructoid Interview: Riot Games on DotA trademark & LoL photo
Destructoid Interview: Riot Games on DotA trademark & LoL
by Tom Fronczak

[Editor's Note: At the time of this article's publishing, no genre term had solidified for the DotA style games yet. The "MOBA" term was around but disputed, and in the past few years it has gained some acceptance, but Dota 2 simply refers to the genre as Dota. The only thing that's certain all these years later is that no matter what you call these types of games, they're still growing in popularity after a decade of obsession, and are certainly here to stay. Don't get caught up in the oddly placed "tower defense" labels.]

We've seen decades of RPGs, shooters, and action adventure games dominating the sales market. It's rare that a genre emerges as a force to be reckoned with, and when that does happen (cough musical games cough) we all witness a tidal wave of sales and profits that slam the industry, leaving everyone else wishing they would have adapted sooner. With gamer statistics quickly changing again, Valve is banking on team based tower defense (TD) games being the wave of the future, and let's face it: Valve isn't wrong often.

Tower defense games have been around since the days of Rampart for the Atari, but it wasn't until a decade ago when Blizzard fans started to become obsessed with them on heavily modded StarCraft and Warcraft real time strategy maps. Standing on the shoulders of previous giants, eventually one established dominance, and became even more popular than WC3 itself. Defense of the Ancients has gone from cult classic to currently having an estimated 14 to 22 million active monthly players across the world. With that many people, it's arguable that Blizzard's most popular game right now isn't World of Warcraft, but instead a game they don't even own.

We've seen iPhone and Facebook games catch on quick to these rapidly changing numbers, and you've no doubt played a few mild TD games in the past year casually, but what happens if a household name game company decides to jump in? Anticipating exactly this, both Riot Games and S2 Games rushed to take DotA to the next level in different paths, and just as the community felt comfortable that the future had been settled, Valve showed up late to the party and slammed its fist on the table by doing something no one expected. They hired the sole remaining developer of DotA, and then even tried to patent the name DotA.

The past month has been a whirlwind of anticipations and opinions, but the only thing that's certain is that we're about to see the tower defense genre take a big bite out of the games industry. To have Riot Games' opinion on these matters I interviewed Steve "Pendragon" Mescon -- a previous developer of DotA who went on to create League of Legends with others -- about how they think the dice will roll. Hit the jump for the full interview, where I asked every relevant question I've seen asked, begged, and whined about online in the past few months.

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2:20 PM on 06.02.2010

Reminder: BlizzCon tickets go on sale tonight

If you plan on heading to Blizzard's massive fan event BlizzCon this year, head's up! The first batch of tickets will go on sale later today at 10 PM Eastern for $150. The event will take place on October 22 through the 23 at...

Nick Chester

4:40 PM on 12.11.2009

Happy Holidays from Blizzard with Orc Santa

It's December, and you know what that means -- holiday card time! Blizzard kicked it off today, with this cute little holiday card landing in our inboxes. If Santa Claus was an orc, that's something I could definitely get behind, let me tell you.  Happy Holidays back at you, Blizzard. Now give us the surprise gift of Starcraft 2 beta. Or Diablo III. 

Nick Chester

8:30 PM on 11.23.2009

Blizzard's @warcraft Twitter account teasing... something

We're not even sure if it's news, but we've written about far less in the past, so here I go. Blizzard's Official Warcraft Twitter account is teasing something for this Thursday. What? We already said what -- "something." Pay...

Nick Chester

7:00 AM on 09.18.2009

Blizzard loses some minerals over BlizzCon

Blizzard’s annual BlizzCon expo celebrating all things StarCraft, Warcraft and Diablo isn’t as profitable as one might think. Despite selling 20,000 tickets at $125 a pop, a ton of merchandising at the con and the...

Hamza CTZ Aziz