Blizzard 2020 Fireside Chat
J. Allen Brack gave the community some updates on recent and upcoming events.

  • BlizzConline will be February 19th - 20th and free to watch.
  • Players have already made over 10 million visits to the new barber shop.
  • Classic players have already crafted more than 6.5 million Greater Frost Protection potions.
  • There have been over 9 billion ghosts and wisps from WoW Classic this year.
  • Players have created over 100 million characters in WoW and dinged over 1.5 billion levels.
  • Blizzard is exploring other things farther out on PC, console, and mobile.
  • Blizzard will apply the same level of craftsmanship that they've always demanded of themselves to future games, regardless of platform.
  • Blizzard's AI/Machine Learning system used to validate player reports around offensive behavior and language in Heroes and Overwatch has caused an incredible decease in toxic text chat and re-offense rates. This system was expanded to WoW public chat channels a few months ago, cutting how long disruptive players stick around for in half.
  • In Overwatch, penalties were recently increased and more profanity filter options have been added.
  • Combatting offensive behavior and encouraging inclusivity in all games and workplaces will be an ongoing effort.
  • In February, Blizzard will hit their 30 year anniversary.


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  1. dunkl's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rhorle View Post
    If something can be taken away it can also be given. Stop trying to make a good thing out to be a bad thing just because you are afraid, or whatever, of inclusiveness.
    life will exist with or without us, especially with or without our decisions. nothing good about humans letting other humans know their place
  1. deviantcultist's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dracullus View Post
    How the hell the can know if regular Blizzcon will be possible in 2021 at all? Literally no one knows at this point.

    At this point 10.0 reveal on November would be WAY to early. Usually perfect time is when last raid is already on PTR so last chapter of current story is no longer a secret.

    With first raid coming early December, we will be around early days of SL season 3 next November. So February 2022 would be a lot more fiting date for next 'regular' Blizzcon.
    Every other Blizzcon we had expansion announcements and every Blizzcon had been around November each year. If they push 10.0 announcement for Feb 2022, Shadowlands might end up being the longest expansion till date.
  1. SensationalBanana's Avatar
    Sooooo... ban on multiboxing, when?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hellobolis View Post
    100 million characters? wasn't it 75 million accounts many many years ago?
    It was 100 million accounts, back in MoP.

    Means that the game never retained more than a tenth for a longer period of time up until that point.
  1. Neverlock's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rhorle View Post
    Yes. It is a game for enjoyment and not a place to express your dislike of a companies politics or anything else that is toxic. Don't like it? Don't play. Talking about it in game doesn't change anything.
    Your type of sjw attitude is what's dumbing down all competitve aspects of games and sports alike, grow a pair.
  1. SensationalBanana's Avatar
    Wonder if they'll still make a "virtual ticket" for in-game goodies this year. Hell, EVERYTHING will be different...

    Also, gotta love this. They announce free access to the event for everyone, yet people still see aCtIvIsIoN only, or romance about old timers that left but defo did make use of scripts regularly...





    Quote Originally Posted by rhorle View Post
    Yes. It is a game for enjoyment and not a place to express your dislike of a companies politics or anything else that is toxic. Don't like it? Don't play. Talking about it in game doesn't change anything.
    B-b-but... Whatever will he do if he can't blast the idea of inclusivity in the open chats of a PG13 game????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverlock View Post
    Your type of sjw attitude is what's dumbing down all competitve aspects of games and sports alike, grow a pair.
    Thinking that competitiveness must come with toxicity and anti-SJW (rampant bigotry) mindsets is dumb in and of itself. No loss there.
  1. huth's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hellobolis View Post
    100 million characters? wasn't it 75 million accounts many many years ago?
    Probably quite a bit more than 100 million. Otherwise the average account would have 1 character or less, even with 75 million, which doesn't make much sense.
  1. rhorle's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Neverlock View Post
    Your type of sjw attitude is what's dumbing down all competitve aspects of games and sports alike, grow a pair.
    If you have to be filled with hate in order to be competitive then that is your problem. Professional sports can manage it just fine so e-sports can as well. The only ones that need to grow a pair are those that get offended when they can not longer be toxic. Weird huh? The true snowflakes are those that can't handle being told they are toxic and a problem.
  1. SensationalBanana's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by huth View Post
    Probably quite a bit more than 100 million. Otherwise the average account would have 1 character or less, even with 75 million, which doesn't make much sense.
    The data he's shared on characters created and levels dinged, has been for 2020.

    Clearly there's by now FAR more accounts made in total, than 100 million 8 years ago.
  1. Neverlock's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Queen of Hamsters View Post
    Wonder if they'll still make a "virtual ticket" for in-game goodies this year. Hell, EVERYTHING will be different...

    Also, gotta love this. They announce free access to the event for everyone, yet people still see aCtIvIsIoN only, or romance about old timers that left but defo did make use of scripts regularly...







    B-b-but... Whatever will he do if he can't blast the idea of inclusivity in the open chats of a PG13 game????

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    Thinking that competitiveness must come with toxicity and anti-SJW (rampant bigotry) mindsets is dumb in and of itself. No loss there.
    I didnt say it must come with toxicity, its just that nowadays, almost anything mildly offensive is considered a catastrophe, common sense just died.
  1. SensationalBanana's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Neverlock View Post
    I didnt say it must come with toxicity, its just that nowadays, almost anything mildly offensive is considered a catastrophe, common sense just died.
    Which is simply not true.

    Case in point: Borat 2 just came out.

    There's a difference between being offensive, and just being a plain old racist/sexist/whateverist shitbag needing to air one's thoughts for all to see. One can be done with tact, for a purpose even, the other is just a person being a shitty person.

    Common sense is not the same thing according to everyone. There are countries where common sense dictates that you never criticize the government, for example.

    To me, it's fucking common sense that someone stupid enough to shout the N-word over coms as they compete professionaly, face consequences. Professionalism is a thing. Same with people choosing, CHOOSING, to talk about how horrible inclusion is and other real world politics in public chats in WoW or any other game. Scream among friends, rant among friends. Make it public where it's even stipulated as against the rules? Yah... No sympathies.

    I saw 2 Swedes face consequences as they were talking about 2 of our political parties in /trade. There was no cursing, no bigotry, just talking and of course, not listening to others telling them that wasn't the place to discuss politics. Both got silenced. As it should be.
  1. davidcryix's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dunkl View Post
    they'll continue inclusivity? [bla bla bla]
    Sir, this is a Wendy's.

    Quote Originally Posted by BALLS BALLS BALLS BALLS View Post
    This guy couldn't be more soulless if he tried.
    Listen, harp on his record or failures i guess but he's not soulless. Not everyone is good at reading a prepared statement and being natural. It takes practice and its a very difficult time right now. He's probably feeling a little nervous in general even without having to give a statement that will be picked apart by millions until at least february when he has to do it again for Blizzconline.

    Mike Morhaime was very raw for many of the blizzcon opening ceremonies. It wasn't the same as this per say but i've met Brack at blizzcon once or twice. He was very nice and warm in person.
  1. SensationalBanana's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by davidcryix View Post
    Sir, this is a Wendy's.


    Listen, harp on his record or failures i guess but he's not soulless. Not everyone is good at reading a prepared statement and being natural. It takes practice and its a very difficult time right now. He's probably feeling a little nervous in general even without having to give a statement that will be picked apart by millions until at least february when he has to do it again for Blizzconline.

    Mike Morhaime was very raw for many of the blizzcon opening ceremonies. It wasn't the same as this per say but i've met Brack at blizzcon once or twice. He was very nice and warm in person.
    Oh, but someone with the username BALLS repeated 3 additional times would surely be a leading example of prowess when it comes to oration!

    Yeah, maybe not.
  1. Ryzael's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Queen of Hamsters View Post
    Also, gotta love this. They announce free access to the event for everyone, yet people still see aCtIvIsIoN only
    they probably realized they'll make more money off ads than people who buy virtual tickets to watch
  1. Low Hanging Fruit's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by oplawlz View Post
    The most punchable face in the industry, and that is a high standard.
    I will second that.
  1. SensationalBanana's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ryzael View Post
    they probably realized they'll make more money off ads than people who buy virtual tickets to watch
    Ooooooor, they want to give something they don't have to give during times such as these? Shocking, I know, to learn that 2020 has been a shitshow.

    Blizzcon is never profitable nor does it seek to be, this year is no different. They've already made bank as a game company in these times.
  1. Dracullus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by deviantcultist View Post
    Every other Blizzcon we had expansion announcements and every Blizzcon had been around November each year. If they push 10.0 announcement for Feb 2022, Shadowlands might end up being the longest expansion till date.
    Dude we have longest expansion right now. SL is 3 months later than BfA/Legion and future Blizzcon would be 3 months later than current. 10.0 would be revealed in February, Alpha on April, Beta on July, launch on November.

    It wouldn't be just doable, it would be just usual Alpha/Beta cycle. Only difference that reveal would be rather in BfA stage (so game ready for Alpha just 2 months later) than SL (without Corona and working from home Alpha would launch on March).
  1. TheRevenantHero's Avatar
    "Over 9 billions wisps and ghosts in Classic" Are they proud of this for some reason? Because players dying over and over isn't the sign of a good game.
  1. Kuja's Avatar
    Shame that they don't publish those funny lists anymore where you could see which NPCs have killed the most players and who has gotten hit the hardest etc.
  1. tankbug's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by oplawlz View Post
    The most punchable face in the industry, and that is a high standard.
    Are you talking about Bobby Kotick?
  1. Spicymemer's Avatar
    Machine learning and AI to stop toxicity?
    LMFAO.

    Just use a filter and ban words, how dumb is this company?

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