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Let’s examine the jam-packed World of Warcraft Shadowlands beta news this week. Blizzard Entertainment had their second quarter earnings call on Tuesday. This follows a recent Bloomberg article about Blizzard employees. They’re concerned about unfair pay.

During the earnings call, Blizzard president J. Allen Brack said that a virtual BlizzCon will be happening early next year. In May, Saralyn Smith, the Executive Producer of BlizzCon, released a statement that BlizzCon 2020 was cancelled.

This week, WoW Classic players worked hard to open the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj. On the forums, Blizzard congratulated the first few gong ringers on each realm.

The Shadowlands beta has wiped all of our test characters. Also, Blizzard has added a touching tribute to Reckful in the Shadowlands beta.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the current World of Warcraft, Shadowlands, or WoW Classic news please feel free to leave a comment below.

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Second Quarter Earnings Call

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World of Warcraft Shadowlands beta news wouldn’t exist without Blizzard’s recent economic gains. Blizzard Entertainment has seen impressive growth during the pandemic due to stay-at-home orders.

There was also a large increase in pre-orders for Shadowlands. On average, Blizzard saw about 32 million monthly average users (MAUs) during it’s second quarter.

The second quarter ended on June 30, 2020 and Activision Blizzard’s net bookings were $2.08 billion, higher than 2019’s second quarter which was $1.21 billion.

Net booking means the net amount of services or products both digital or physical sold during a period and includes merchandise, licensing fees, strategy guides, publisher incentives, and in-game advertising. By the quarters end in June, Activision Blizzard’s Monthly Active Users (MAUs)D were 428 million.

“Our mission to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment has never been more meaningful,” said Bobby Kotick, Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard. “Our 400 million players continue to experience fun, joy and accomplishment through our games.”

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Blizzard Employees And Fair Pay

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According to Bloomberg, hundreds of Blizzard employees are using the company’s Slack network to organize a list of network requests. These requests include fair pay and sick time. The initiative is rare within the gaming industry, and there are plans to present it to management next week.

Blizzard said it will review the employees concerns and released this statement to Bloomberg.

“We will continue to adapt our compensation to build and keep the workforce our company needs today and tomorrow,” Dustin Blackwell, a spokesman for Blizzard, wrote in an emailed statement. “We understand that some Blizzard employees have specific requests, and we look forward to hearing from them directly.”

Bloomberg pointed out, that no major video game companies in the U.S are unionized. Issues of unpaid overtime and pay disparities between workers and gaming executives has been a problem for a long time. Many investors have actually pushed for reduced compensation for executive officers at companies like Activision. The problem is extreme, especially when Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick received a package worth $40 million last year.

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WoW Classic: The Gates Of Ahn’Qiraj

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Now we can turn our attention to the Ahn’Qiraj War Effort. WoW Classic fans worked on the long quest chain for almost two weeks. Anyone who played during Vanilla WoW should remember this epic server wide event.

Every player works toward the goal of creating the scepter. The point is to ring the gong that opens the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj and allows the server access to both the Ruins of Ahn’Qiraj and the Temple of Ahn’Qiraj.

WoW Classic fans were able to relive this epic event over the past two weeks. The event was met with controversy, as some players began to spam WoW’s auto report feature to mass report players.

They were doing this to prevent other players from completing the scepter of shifting sands before them. Blizzard has cutback on Game Masters (GMs) over the years and most reports aren’t reviewed by an actual GM. Therefore, if enough players report a single individual they’re auto-banned.

Despite the cheating controversy, players worked together to accomplish the goal and the gates are open.

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World of Warcraft Shadowlands Tribute to Reckful

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On the Shadowlands beta, Blizzard added a touching tribute to Byron “Reckful” Bernstein who passed away last month. He was a prominent member of the World of Warcraft community, and his passing sent shock waves through it.

Bernstein had struggled with depression for years. He’d been vocal about his struggles with his fans. Friends of Bernstein had done all they could to help, but his illness never improved.

A rogue trainer NPC was added to the Stormwind Catheral. If you emote /hug Reckful then the NPC will hug you back. The tribute is touching and is greatly appreciated by the WoW community.

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