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Blizzard Holiday Dessert Contest 2011 Winners

Originally Posted by Blizzard

The sweets have been scrutinized, the cakes contemplated, and the cookies critiqued. With a twinkle in our eyes and a rumble in our stomachs, we’ve pored over the sprinkles and icings and are now pleased to announce your 2011 Holiday Dessert Contest winners and runners-up.

Come on in, pull up a chair, and feast your eyes on these magnificent Blizzard-themed confections.

First Place

The first place winner will receive a prize package containing the following: Wilton Ultimate Decorating Set, Marauder StarCraft II Gaming Keyboard, Banshee StarCraft II Gaming Headset, Spectre StarCraft II Gaming Mouse.

Second Place

The second place winner will receive a prize package containing the following: Marauder StarCraft II Gaming Keyboard, Banshee StarCraft II Gaming Headset, Spectre StarCraft II Gaming Mouse.

Third Place

The third place winner will receive a StarCraft II Zerg Edition Messenger Bag

Congratulations to the winners! It wouldn’t be a Blizzard contest, though, if we didn’t honor all of the additional entries we received in an honorable mention gallery. To everyone that sent in their holiday dessert creations, we thank you and wish you happy holidays!


Diablo III Forums

Lightweight version of the original Diablo 3 forums, enjoy.


Diablo III RMAH and Region Availability

Originally Posted by Blizzard

I'm assuming you're not purposefully misquoting him to try to make your post factual. Let me go ahead and transcribe what he actually says in the video you linked:

"You're just buying Diablo III. You can play it anywhere in the world. So you guys get to choose. Now what we will do is we will lock you down to a specific auction house. So for instance if you're a European national you'll have access to the European auction house, but you'll still be able to play in North America. You can participate in the gold auction house anywhere in the world, right, but you can only participate in the real money auction house in your native country."

Which sort of makes the rest of your post baseless in its conclusions. But that's ok! I appreciate everyone trying to unravel the secrets, and it's fun for me to read, so keep at it. :)

Linking multiple region's economies?

Characters are still region based. Just like Diablo II. You could log in to USWest, or USEast, or Europe, or Asia, but you had different characters on each. There's no possibility of trading between regions.

I'm sort of taken aback now... How are so many people directly misquoting or misinterpreting things while simultaneously linking to the exact source that proves what they're saying is inaccurate?

What I said was:

We've spent a very long time working with our legal departments around the globe researching regional laws and regulations, if not obtaining government approvals. We announced the feature because we know it to be sound from a legal perspective. If any local or country-specific laws do become an issue we'll of course be sure to let people in those regions know.

All of that is true, and continues to be true to this day.

Can we play with friends on different regions?

You can, but you'd need to log in to the EU region and create a character to begin playing with him, or he'd need to make one in your region. If you're on your character in SEA and he's on his in EU you'd be able to talk to each other using your BattleTag or Real ID, but that's it. You have to be on the same region to play together.

Is the GAH global?

The gold auction house is not global. You can use each region's gold auction house, but they're all separate, as the characters in each region are separate.

You can only use the currency-based auction house of your home region.

Would we be able to switch to a Euro AH when we provide proof that we "moved" to Europe.

That all sounds right to me. I'm not sure of a process to actually flag your account for another region though, even with proof. It's possible that could happen but I'm not aware of any intent to support that.

Switching of regions?

No plans at this time. I would count it among 'pretty unlikely' due to the real currency ramifications.

Charging a percentage or a flat fee for currency transactions?

You're only charged a percentage if you cash out through PayPal.

Making a character in any regional server you choose?

We haven't announced anything along those lines because as far as I know it's not nailed down. We do pursue different business models and prices in different regions, and so we'd want to ensure that those offerings are for who they're intended. I just don't have specifics for you, but it's something we'll need to announce before ship.

How does one get assigned a home region?

That's not something we're ready to discuss, and obviously we'll need to choose the information we do give carefully. Circumventing this wouldn't just be a 'fun trick on Blizzard' it would very possibly be a violation of serious trade laws, so we have to take it seriously.

Access to other region's RMAH

Each region is compartmentalized. Character's on one region cannot play with characters on another region. Similarly, each region has its own gold and currency-based auction houses. Only characters on a region can use that region's auction houses (and of course a restriction from the currency-based if it's not your home region).


SteelSeries Diablo III Mouse

SteelSeries Diablo III Mouse

SteelSeries Diablo III Mouse

  • EASY SETUP - Easy Drag & Drop Diablo® III skills and functions to mouse buttons.
  • TECHNOLOGY - Best-in-class technology provides extreme precision and reliability.
  • OS X (&) WIN - Diablo® III look and feel driver for Mac OS X and Windows.
  • AMBIDEXTROUS - Finely engineered shape suits all grips to ensure maximum control and comfort.
  • DURABILITY - 10 million clicks per switch, 3x that of normal gaming mice.
  • COUNTS PER INCH - Scalable pointer speed up to 5,000 CPI.
  • DEMON RED - 3 illuminated zones including scroll wheel, CPI indicator and the Diablo® III logo.
  • LIFT DISTANCE - Automatically adjusted lift distance locked to ~1mm across surfaces.



A new generation of heroes must prepare against the evils that threaten the world of Sanctuary. Arm yourself with a weapon, co-designed by the creators of Diablo® III, for your battle against the rising powers of the Burning Hells.


Well, maybe not actual fire, but this mouse has some serious gaming durability. The Omron switches found under the hood can survive the relentless punishment of the most click intensive game known to mankind, with a guaranteed lifespan of 10 million clicks – that’s 3x more than an average mouse. And there’s more… the double-braided nylon cord (2.5m long) and gold-plated USB connection can be shoved and pulled with-out worry.


The rising powers of the Burning Hells are themed throughout the Diablo® III interface as well as on the mouse. Illumination is found in 3 zones – at the CPI switch, scroll wheel and Diablo® III logo – and users can choose ON/OFF and a pulsation rate (LOW, MED, HIGH) for the logo.


Remap all 7 ergonomically placed buttons with predefined skills and commands. Assign macros with easy drag-and-drop functionality to personalize the mouse for your game.


The Diablo® III mouse was designed with an ambidextrous shape and an optimized size, making it a versatile tool for all types of gamer grips; palm, claw, or swipe.


Powered by the easy-to-navigate SteelSeries Engine software, users can configure their mouse with drag & drop, pre-defined Diablo® III functions and skills and effortlessly remap all 7 mouse buttons. You can control everything from the illumination settings to your sound support.


In the fast paced world of Diablo® III, your mouse will need to withstand quick and small movements. Regardless of your CPI setting (whether you’ve set it at high or low), it’s the sensor and mouse technology that will keep you moving. And if the number sways you, then the Diablo III Mouse features a Avago laser sensor with up to 5700 CPI (counts per inch).


SteelSeries Diablo III Headset

SteelSeries Diablo III Headset

SteelSeries Diablo III Headset

  • HEAR SANCTUARY - Clear sound reproduction – from the atmospheric music to bones shattering.
  • PULL-OUT MICROPHONE - "Invisible", retractable, uni-directional microphone in left ear-cup.
  • OS X (&) WIN - Diablo® III themed driver for Mac OS X and Windows.
  • CLEAN SOUNDSCAPE - 50mm drivers provide a detailed audio experience at high, low and mid tones.
  • DEMON RED - 2 illuminated zones including ear cups and Diablo® III slashes.
  • EXTREME COMFORT - Lightweight headband suspension for comfort during long gaming sessions.
  • CLOSED HEADSET - Passive noise reduction via leather padded cushions built from sound dampening foam.
  • IN-LINE VOLUME CONTROL - Integrated volume and microphone control located on headset cord.



Featuring 50mm driver units that reproduce crystal clear sounds in high, low, and mid-range tones is at the core of what is creating an incredible Diablo® III audio experience. Whether it’s the ominously toned soundtrack, the approaching hiss of a Witch Doctor’s firebomb or the bloody rage of a Barbarian whirlwind, users will clearly hear the gut wrenching hurls and exploding innards of your enemies.


The earcups feature a leather covered noise reducing foam, which helps you to focus on the important audio or voice communication, and not being disturbed or interrupted by outside noise.


The Diablo® III Headset features a retractable microphone system. Pull it out when you need it. Hide it in the left earcup when you don’t.


Alert the world around you that you’re in the game. - The matte black headset features “demon” red, LED illumination on the right and left side Diablo® III logo slashes and around each earcup. Choose your pulsating glow or if lights don’t interest you, easily turn it OFF via the SteelSeries Diablo® III Headset software.


Let’s face it, the way you hear the game is unique to the tones your hearing can pick up, and probably completely different than the next gamer, which is why SteelSeries provides Diablo® III Headset users the ability to adjust, personalize and save all of their audio and equalizer settings. Save up to 8 settings for specific character profiles.


SteelSeries over-the-head suspension design keeps the Diablo® III Headset cans lightweight and adjustable for just about every head size. We believe in keeping the gameplay heavy, not the gear your’re wearing to play it.


It’s not the Burning Hells that power this bad boy, but a total of 18 LED lights to power the red illumination and 4 pulsation options.


The integrated volume controller on the cord offers also offers a mute button, all for instant control without having to navigate through software settings.

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11 Characters in Mists of Pandaria

Originally Posted by Blizzard

This is actually something we have already commented on and see players regularly bring up. What our development team has been considering is to increase the number of characters that are allowed on each realm, but keeping the character limit per account in place.

This means that it may be possible to have just one massive list of characters on a single realm. No promises, but I would like to have all of my characters on one realm as well :D

Keep the constructive discussion up though guys :)

This matter was already brought up at Blizzcon. What is currently being considered by the development team is that we will not increase the total character limit per account; but what we may be doing is allowing more characters per realm, so you may have a gigantic list of characters on one realm!

No promises though, but hope this little bit of info helps ^^


RIFT / Trion Worlds Database Compromised / Hacked

Change your passwords guys, god damn huh! Right before Christmas too.

We recently discovered that unauthorized intruders gained access to a Trion Worlds account database. The database in question contained information including user names, encrypted passwords, dates of birth, email addresses, billing addresses, and the first and last four digits and expiration dates of customer credit cards.

There is no evidence, and we have no reason to believe, that full credit card information was accessed or compromised in any way. We have already taken further action to strengthen our systems, even as we, with external security experts, continue to research the extent of the unauthorized access.

You will notice on your next log in to our website that you will be required to change your password, and existing Mobile Authenticator users will also need to reconnect their Authenticator. When you log in, you will be prompted to provide a new password, security questions and answers, and be given the option to connect your account to our Mobile Authenticator to enhance your account’s security.

If you have used your username and password for other accounts, especially financial accounts or accounts with personal information, we suggest you change your passwords on those accounts as well. We recommend that you carefully review your statements, account activity, and credit reports to help protect the security of those accounts. If you need information on how to obtain your credit report or believe any such accounts have been breached, please see below for more information.

Nevertheless, if you own the RIFT game, you will be granted three (3) days of complimentary RIFT game time once you update your password and security questions. Additionally, once you update your account and set a new password, your account will be granted a Moneybags’ Purse, which increases your looted coin by 10%, even if you have not yet purchased RIFT.

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Aggra is Waiting For You: Are You Prepared?

Originally Posted by Blizzard

You’ve probably heard the good news by now: there is now a dedicated Portuguese realm especially for those who prefer to play with other Portuguese-speaking players! If you didn’t already know how, this post will help you find out how to play on this realm. It’s actually quite easy:

  1. First, click on "Change Realm" in your character view. You’ll find the button above your character list.

  2. Now you will be taken to the realm list. Make sure that you have selected the English tab.

  3. The next step is to sort the realms. You can sort realms by their name, type, the number of characters you have on them, and by their population. We want to sort them by their realm name, so just click on "Realm Name".

  4. Now all you have to do is to look for "Aggra". The realm will be labeled “Aggra (Português)”.

That’s it! You found the Portuguese realm. We hope you enjoy it and have some great adventures there.


Happy Holidays from the Community Team

Happy Holidays from me too, strangers! Have a nice Christmas.

Originally Posted by Blizzard

The Community team will have a reduced presence on the forums, Twitter and Facebook over the holidays while we unwrap Winterveil presents and ring in a new year with friends and loved ones. We resolve to be back the first week of January. In the meantime, whether in Sanctuary, Azeroth, Mar Sara or beyond, we hope that you and yours share in the warmth of the season… and may all your loot be epic.

Remember that Greatfather Winter and the Mod Squad are still watching, so be sure to stay on your best behavior. See you next year!


LFM: Illustrious Engineers for Blizzard

Originally Posted by Blizzard

If you're a qualified software engineer and have been looking for your path toward supporting some of the biggest franchises in the gaming industry, we have just the position for you. We're anxiously seeking out a senior software engineer to join our team in Irvine, CA.

Apply now:

Senior Software Engineer, Platform

The new is a full-featured online game service that will deliver the ultimate social and competitive experience for Blizzard Entertainment gamers everywhere. Designed specifically around Blizzard Entertainment titles, will include a complete set of around-the-game features including a state-of-the-art matchmaking system, achievement system, social networking features, structured competitive play options, a marketplace, and much more. Our vision is to create an environment where gamers can compete online, develop an online persona, and stay connected to friends and the rest of the community while enjoying our games.

The senior software engineer must be able to work both independently and in conjunction with team members and product groups. Enthusiasm and flexibility in working on a variety of projects are also necessary. The ideal applicant is someone who enjoys technical challenges and the satisfaction of overcoming them.

This position within the team is focused on the development of the platform which provides APIs and technologies that underpin the features being developed for the service.


  • Mastery of C++
  • Networking experience in TCP and UDP protocols
  • Distributed systems experience
  • Protocol design / optimization experience
  • Security considerations (encryption, denial of service) experience
  • Architecture (cloud, client / server) experience
  • Knowledge of network and server security issues
  • Experience with code optimization
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, or equivalent experience
  • A passion for video games

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