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Blizzard Entertainment announces plans for the Diablo II Expansion

LONDON, ENGLAND – September 1, 2000 – At the European Consumer Trade Show starting today, Blizzard Entertainment® announced plans for the Diablo™ II Expansion Set for its number-one selling game, Diablo II. Diablo II has sold nearly 2 million copies worldwide since shipping just two months ago, making it the biggest PC game this year. In the Diablo II Expansion Set, players return to follow the path of Baal, the last of the Prime Evils, into…

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Diablo 2 Beta Sign-ups for Next Week

IRVINE, Calif. – Mar. 15, 2000 – The countdown has begun to Blizzard Entertainment’s most anticipated beta sign-up ever. Starting Monday night, hardcore gamers in North America will have the opportunity to register for their chance to be one of 1,000 players to have the first public look at the Diablo II. The beta signup is scheduled for a 24-hour period on www.blizzard.com beginning on Monday, Mar. 20 at 12:01a.mPST and ending Monday, Mar. 20 at 11:59…

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Diablo “The Calling” Debuts on Big Screen

IRVINE, Nov. 12, 1999 – Blizzard Entertainment has gone Hollywood. Known for building high-quality cinematic movies into its popular video games, the company announced today that it has produced a short portion of its Diablo II cinematic film for the silver screen. The film, which runs approximately eight minutes, is entitled Diablo: The Calling, and is the introduction cinematic that will be highlighted in Blizzard’s upcoming title, Diablo II. Diablo: The Calling can be seen…

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Blizzard Entertainment Previews Diablo II’s Realistic 3D Support

Los Angeles – May 13, 1999 – At the Electronic Entertainment Expo starting today, Blizzard Entertainmentâ previewed DiabloÔ II, the sequel to its top selling role-playing game of 1997, featuring 3D accelerator support via Glide 3 and OpenGL . Blizzard for the first time showed Diablo II’s perspective scaling and parallax, a new display option within the game’s suite of 3D-accelerator support features. Scaling and parallax effects add a near-perfect perspective to the 3D-accelerated isometric view. Most striking when running…

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Blizzard Entertainment Unveils Diablo II’s Latest Updates

IRVINE, April 14, 1999 – Blizzard Entertainment®’s unveiled today some new details about the status of Diablo II, the much-anticipated sequel to 1997’s highly acclaimed role-playing game, Diablo. Blizzard has finished developing Diablo II’s five new character classes: the Amazon, the Paladin, the Necromancer, the Sorceress and the Barbarian. Each character can develop 30 unique, class-specific skills and spells throughout the game. In all, Diablo II offers 150 special abilities. Most recently, Blizzard completed design and animation for…

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Battle.net Still The Biggest Online Gaming Service

Blizzard Entertainment’s online game service, Battle.net, continues to gain momentum as the world’s largest Internet playing venue. Since the beginning of the year, the number of active users has surged to more than 2.1 million and usage has increased by 50 percent. The worldwide dominance of Battle.net was recently highlighted by a weekend of record-breaking activity during which more than 675,000 games of “StarCraft: Brood War,” the company’s “StarCraft” expansion set, were logged. Over that…

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Cendant Corporation to Sell Software Division

Parsippany, NJ, November 20, 1998-Cendant Corporation (NYSE: CD) today announced a definitive agreement to sell the Company’s consumer software division, Cendant Software and its subsidiaries, to Paris-based Havas SA, a subsidiary of Vivendi SA for $800 million in cash plus future cash contingent payments of up to approximately $200 million through 1999. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 1999. As previously announced, the…

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Microstar Software Settles Lawsuit For Violation Of Blizzard Entertainment’s End-user License Agreement

Microstar to stop distribution and sale of Stellar Forces, an unauthorized add-on disk for Blizzard’s number-one selling StarCraft IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 9, 1998 – As part of a legal victory that sends a strong message to publishers of unauthorized computer game add-on disks, Blizzard Entertainment announced today that Microstar Software has agreed to immediately cease the distribution and sale of Stellar Forces, an unauthorized add-on disk for Blizzard’s game, StarCraft. Microstar further agreed to destroy…

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Diablo 2, Sequel To The Number-One Selling Roll-Playing Game, Debuts With 3Dfx Support

LONDON, ECTS Convention, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ — Blizzard Entertainment(R) and 3Dfx Interactive(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: TDFX – news) today announced that Diablo(TM) II, sequel to Blizzard’s top selling roll-playing game of 1997, will include native support for 3Dfx hardware. Blizzard is one of the first to develop on the newly announced Glide(TM) 3 software from 3Dfx. “We want our players to be able to take advantage of the best hardware with 3Dfx support — making the…

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Blizzard Entertainment Unveils Diablo 2

ATLANTA, May 28 1998 — At the Electronic Entertainment Expo starting today, Blizzard Entertainment previewed for the first time Diablo II, the sequel to last year’s runaway hit Diablo.  The real-time game is currently slated for release next year. In Diablo II, players return to a dark world plagued by evil forces.  After possessing the body of the hero who defeated him, Diablo resumes his nefarious scheme to shackle humanity into unholy slavery by summoning…

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