Uh-Oh! Warcraft Players Hit By US Sanctions


Iranian players of the popular online multiplayer franchise World of Warcraft have expressed their anger at being unable to play the game due to US sanctions in place against the Islamic republic.

Game enthusiasts have gone on to the message board of the US company behind the game, Blizzard Activision, to complain about how they could not log on to the service – only to be told that US law was to blame.

“United States trade restrictions and economic sanction laws prohibit Blizzard from doing business with residents of certain nations, including Iran,” the company said in an email sent to players.

“Blizzard tightened up its procedures to ensure compliance with these laws, and players connecting from the affected nations are restricted from access to Blizzard games and services.”

A post to Blizzard’s message board by a company employee also noted that rules meant Iranian players would not be getting refunds.


Via Sky.com


PC Game Companies Still Making Dough


Despite persisting rumors of Vivendi  is eager to sell its $8.1B stake in ActivisionBlizzard; WoW publisher has become a bright spot among the videogame giants, weathering lethargic industry sales (especially for console games) by pushing out more content for Call of Duty

While net income for the quarter came in at $185 million, down from $335 million in Q2 2011 and down from $384 million in Q1 2012, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick was optimistic in the company’s earnings statement thanks to its renewed international efforts and its gains online mitigating shrinking retail sales:

On a non-GAAP basis, we delivered record Q2 and first half net revenues, operating income and earnings. Our performance was driven by strong audience demand for our great games. We are very excited to have announced our expanded investment in China through Activision Publishing’s agreement with Tencent to bring the Call of Duty franchise to the Chinese market.

As for other highlights, the company said that, unsurprisingly, World of Warcraft remains the top subscription-based MMORPG, with approximately 9.1 million subscribers, and announced that it expects to release its newest WoW title on September 25th — “World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria.”

From Techcrunch.com Read More Here

The Blog Is Back (And A Story of Stats)

The Warcraft game have come a long way in the past few years. And oddly enough, this blog’s internet traffic tells a story of that popularity. We are (the blog I mean) read even in Russia, blocked in China (not even one traffic out of millions), have reached Myanmar, Saudi Arabia and more countries I never knew existed. (But still blocked in China! C’mmon!)

During our absence we have doubled our traffic all because we ‘sell’ (kinda) a trusted brand! PEOPLE LOVE THE GAME! And Warcraft is still the ideal example of how to retain a user base, even in the era of F2P competition)

When Cataclysm sold-through a record 4.7 million! copies during its first month alone, we knew Warcraft will only get bigger and bigger.  As a brand, we predicted declared in ’10, that World of Warcraft have proven itself as competitive and irresistible.

And that’s probably why we at Agency News loves reporting every bit about Warcraft. (Oh and it’s so nice to see all these traffics to the blog — except China!)

2011 Here Goes…

We knew this was coming…

When Cataclysm sold-through a record 4.7 million copies during its first month alone, we knew Warcraft will only get bigger and bigger.  As a brand, we predicted declared early last year, World of Warcraft have proven itself as competitive and irresistible.

Cataclysm is now “the fastest-selling PC game of all time.” (Contrast that with Warcraft’s second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, which sold a then-record 2.8 million copies during its initial 24 hours.) But, of course, for the zealous gamer– it’s still the game.

And that’s probably the reason why we at Agency News loves reporting every bit about Warcraft.

Last year, these posts were Agency News ‘attraction’ of 2010

(Or at least what an automated mail told me about the site…)

The posts and pages that got the most views last year were…

Although if I have to list our own top 5 reports, for our first 12 months of blog-ging, the list might include these 3 gems:

China’s approval of Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King– Weren’t we glad when the Chinese decided these two expansions could come to their shores after all 🙂 The news read interesting but who would have thought that an MMO could generate such a tantalizing story over there.

Mr T Parade, Draenor– NAH!, it’s not the Sydney G&L Mardi Gras folks but the Mr T Parade on our server. Revelers were yelling WTH! when hundreds of dancing Mr Ts stunned unwitting players in Stormwind Trade District.

And then there was Icecrown Trailer by Vodka– who can ever forget that trailer that was decisively more memorable, more unforgettable than Blizzard’s own. Simply shows ‘love’ by fans of the game.

Here goes 2011 and we promise to keep providing the best Warcraft, MMORPG, net technology news on-line  :)

To all readers of Agency News… Many thanks for supporting us!

2010 Best Sellers

Video game players heard the call and snapped up more than 12 million copies of Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty: Black Ops in 2010, making the title the best-selling game of the year, according to a report released Thursday by NPD Group.

Though sales of video games played on consoles such as the Wii, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 fell 6% to $9.36 billion in 2010, total game software sales were about $15.5 billion last year, roughly flat compared with 2009. That’s because sales generated by PC games, smart phone games and online virtual goods grew last year, making up for much of the lag in console games, according to NPD analyst Anita Frazier.


Top 10 games for 2010

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision Blizzard)
  2. Madden NFL 11 (Electronic Arts)
  3. Halo: Reach (Microsoft)
  4. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo)
  5. Red Dead Redemption (Take-Two Interactive)
  6. Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo)
  7. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft)
  8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision Blizzard)
  9. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft)
  10. NBA 2K11 (Take-Two Interactive)

Top 10 games for December 2010

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision Blizzard)
  2. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft)
  3. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (Activision Blizzard)
  4. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft)
  5. Donkey Kong Country Returns (Nintendo)
  6. Epic Mickey (Disney)
  7. Madden NFL 11 (Electronic Arts)
  8. Michael Jackson the Experience (Ubisoft)
  9. NBA 2K11 (Take-Two Interactive)
  10. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (Electronic Arts)

Warcraft For Newbies!

To help new and old players alike, the guys at Game Hunters spoke with J. Allen Brack, the production director of the game, to get some tips on how to make the Cataclysm experience a little more enjoyable.

Newbies will find that now’s a great time to start playing since the level 1-60 game has been completely revamped and contains a new tutorial system.

When you first log in as a level-80 character, head to Stormwind (Alliance) or Orgrimmar (Horde) and find the Hero’s Call Board or Warchief’s Command Board to begin your quests into Vashj’ir or Mount Hyjal.

Many of the classes have been rebalanced and retuned. If you’ve played previously, you’ll want to be sure to spend your talent points and assign glyphs.

Goblin and Worgen are now available to play! If you start a Worgen or Goblin, you’ll find one-stop-shop trainers who can teach you any of the primary professions.

Click on the magnifying glass on your minimap to select options that will direct you to common services like mailboxes or banks as you get close them.

You can fly in Azeroth now so be sure to pick up your new Flight Master’s License at your local Flight Trainer.

Almost all the existing races have gained access to a new class, including dwarf mage, human hunter, troll druid, blood elf warrior, and tauren paladin, opening up new options to help make the leveling process feel fresh again.

There’s a ton of information at the new community site, which also has a search engine that can help you find the info you need when you need it. Logging in to your account unlocks a variety of new features, including character, guild, and event information. You can also click the ‘Home’ tab to find free demos of WoW: Cataclysm and Starcraft. Players with an artistic flair might also be interested in the Weaponsmithing Fan Art Contest.

Blizzard is making it easier than ever to start your WoW adventure, so take advantage of all the goodies the site has to offer.

Via BSC Kids

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