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Blizzard tries to rename Battle.net, fails

Mashable

Less than a year after mysteriously changing "Battle.net" to the "Blizzard app," Blizzard Entertainment has doubled back. The Blizzard app, formerly known as Battle.net, If you've played a Blizzard game on PC, you have interacted with Battle.net Blizzard Battle.net is an all-encompassing online service where people can buy Blizzard games and game subscriptions, add each other as friends and chat, and keep up on Blizzard game news. The service is part of Blizzard's DNA, which is partially why the company added Battle.net back into the name.


Blizzard of 1949 Devastated South Dakota 70 Years Ago

U.S. News

State records show the Jan. 2, 1949, blizzard brought up to 50 inches (127 centimeters) of snow to the Black Hills over a month, with 70 mph winds and temperatures dropping to minus 8, the Rapid City Journal reported. The winter blast pummeled South Dakota and a large part of Nebraska for several weeks, leaving the region's economy on the brink of collapse.


Blizzard Drops Battle.Net Name For Multiplayer Client

International Business Times

Blizzard has been synonymous with its Battle.net Via Gamasutra, users on reddit noticed Friday that that Blizzard's multiplayer client had dropped its Battle.net The change in naming was first announced back in September 2016 by Blizzard. The developer won't change any of the existing backend multiplayer technology for its games, but instead drop the separate Battle.net "When we created Battle.net, the idea of including a tailored online-gaming service together with your game was more of a novel concept, so we put a lot of focus on explaining what the service was and how it worked, including giving it a distinct name.


Blizzard is trying to patent 'Overwatch' highlight replays

Engadget

The Play of the Game highlight at the end of Overwatch is arguably one of the best bits of the game. Now, nearly two years after starting the application process, Blizzard has finally confirmed it wants to patent it. Submitted in December 2016 and made public just two weeks ago, the patent describes the algorithm behind the feature, which lead designer Jeff Kaplan described last year as being "about 70 percent of where we want Play of the Game to be." The patent describes winning categories in detail -- maybe in a bid to prevent other game devs from copying scoring methods -- including shutdown, sharpshooter and life saver. It works largely as you'd expect.


Blizzard and Twitch just had the most amazing 'Overwatch' GIF exchange

Mashable

Not every argument on Twitter needs to be contentious. Just ask Overwatch developer Blizzard Entertainment and live streaming service Twitch. The whole affair started innocently enough: Blizzard tweeted about a Chinese New Year-themed live event in Overwatch that starts on Jan. 24. The caretaker of Twitch's feed responded excitedly with a perfectly selected "flailing Reaper" GIF. SEE ALSO: The final'Overwatch' developer update of 2016 looks at what's ahead You might look at this and think, "Aw, that's cute."