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Goodbye, Battle.net! Hello... Blizzard

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Officially releasing with the original Diablo, Battle.net has been the staple service of Blizzard's catalogue of classic games since the late 90's - but its days are now numbered with Blizzard set to move on from the name in the new future.

While its clear to have already happened with the likes of Blizzard Streaming - a tie-in with Facebook - and Blizzard Voice the company has stated how it made sense to call the service Battle.net all those years ago when online multiplayer was still fresh out of the gate.

Blizzard's Chris Metzen retires from games industry aged 42

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Chris Metzen was only twentie years old when he started working for Blizzard as an animator and an artist back in 1993. Since then he's gone on to achieve incredible things, by providing voice talent and overseeing the stories for Warcraft, Diablo and StarCraft, to becoming the Senior Vice President of Story and Franchise Development at Blizzard.

Blizzard finally comments on the legacy server petition

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J. Allen Brack, executive producer and Vice President for World of Warcraft, has finally given a statement in relation to the petition that recently passed 200,000 signatures.

According to Brack, Blizzard have been discussing the possibility of adding classic servers for years. The lengthy post includes: answers as to why Nostralrius couldn’t continue with their private server; the reason why Blizzard can’t just create a classic server; and the idea of a ‘pristine realm’, a realm where all the new features that World of Warcraft has gained over the years would be turned off.

Former World of Warcraft developer offers to take legacy server petition directly to Blizzard

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You may have read about Blizzard sending a cease and desist letter to owners of the legacy World of Warcraft server, Nostalrius Begins. If you haven’t, here’s a very fast breakdown of the situation: Thirty volunteers host an international legacy server for World of Warcraft which lasts roughly one year, Blizzard send them a letter telling them to close the whole thing down.

Here’s where things start to get interesting: Mark Kern, former team lead of the World of Warcraft team, has jumped on board with the petition. In addition to his support, he has also offered to deliver the petition to Mike Morhaime (president and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment) if the petition reaches 200,000 signatures.

World of Warcraft’s fan-built vanilla server is getting shut down

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MMOs change over the course of their lives, and World of Warcraft is no exception. While that evolution is necessary to keep the community coming back, it does mean that the original forms of these games slowly disappear over time. Nostalrius, a fan-built private server running a version of WoW as it launched back in 2004, was one effort to keep the original game alive. But not for much longer.

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