StarCraft® II Goes Free-to-Play Starting November 14

Blizzard Entertainment’s award-winning real-time strategy game
evolves with free access to the
Wings of Liberty®
campaign, ranked ladder multiplayer experience, and all Co-op Commanders

ANAHEIM, Calif.–#blizzcon–The interstellar battle between the terran, zerg, and protoss is about
to consume even more of the galaxy, as Blizzard Entertainment today
announced that the ultimate real-time strategy game will soon be free to
play.

Beginning November 14, players around the world will get free access to
the full award-winning Wings of Liberty®
campaign and the elite multiplayer competition of StarCraft®
II’s
ranked ladder, including all the latest units and balance
updates through the latest release in the series, Legacy of the Void.
Players will also enjoy expanded access to StarCraft II’s highly
popular co-op mode, with all Co-op Commanders playable for free.

StarCraft II is one of the highest-rated PC games of all time,
and we’re excited to give even more people around the world a chance to
find out why it has inspired such a passionate global community,” said
Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “With the
massive Wings of Liberty single-player campaign, endlessly
replayable co-op mode, prestigious ranked ladder, comprehensive
map-making tools, and more, StarCraft II now delivers the
ultimate real-time strategy experience completely free.”

Those who wish to experience later chapters in the StarCraft
II
story can purchase the additional single-player campaigns, Heart
of the Swarm
®, Legacy of the Void®,
and Nova Covert Ops®, individually
($14.99 USD each) or together in the Campaign Collection ($39.99)
through the online Blizzard Shop. For a limited time, players who
already own Wings of Liberty (as of October 31, 2017) but have
not yet purchased Heart of the Swarm will be able to get the
latter campaign free by logging in to the Blizzard Battle.net®
desktop app and claiming their free Heart of the Swarm gift
between November 8 and December 8, 2017.

As a thank-you to the dedicated StarCraft II player community,
those who already own any version of StarCraft II prior to
October 31, 2017 will receive a special Eidolon Ghost skin and three
portraits commemorating their founder’s status in the game after StarCraft
II
goes free starting on November 14.

StarCraft II is available today for Windows® and Mac®
PCs fully localized into English, Brazilian Portuguese, European and
Latin American Spanish, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian,
Korean, and simplified and traditional Chinese. Learn more about the
game at www.starcraft2.com.

Access to ranked ladder granted after earning
first 10 wins of the day in Unranked mode or Versus A.I. mode, or upon
purchase of any campaign, the Campaign Collection, or the War Chest.
Co-op Commanders available for play free of charge through level five.
Purchase required to advance a Co-op Commander beyond level five—with
the exception of Raynor, Kerrigan, and Artanis, which are free to play
up to and beyond level five.

About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft®,
Hearthstone®, Overwatch®, the Warcraft®,
StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises,
and the multi-franchise Heroes of the Storm®, Blizzard
Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com),
a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer
and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of
the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s
track record includes twenty-one #1 games* and multiple Game of the Year
awards. The company’s online-gaming service is one of the largest in the
world, with millions of active players.

*Sales and/or downloads, based on internal company records and
reports from key distribution partners.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking
Statements
: Information in this press release that involves
Blizzard Entertainment’s expectations, plans, intentions or strategies
regarding the future, including statements about the features,
functionality, and release dates of free StarCraft II content and
the price, availability, and release dates of Heart of the Swarm, Legacy
of the Void
, Nova Covert Ops, and the Campaign Collection are
forward-looking statements that are not facts and involve a number of
risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause Blizzard
Entertainment’s actual future results to differ materially from those
expressed in the forward-looking statements set forth in this release
include unanticipated product delays and other factors identified in the
risk factors sections of Activision Blizzard’s most recent annual report
on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The
forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information
available to Blizzard Entertainment and Activision Blizzard as of the
date of this release, and neither Blizzard Entertainment nor Activision
Blizzard assumes any obligation to update any such forward-looking
statements. Forward-looking statements believed to be true when made may
ultimately prove to be incorrect. These statements are not guarantees of
the future performance of Blizzard Entertainment or Activision Blizzard
and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which
are beyond its control and may cause actual results to differ materially
from current expectations.


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