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April 23, 2015

PARIS, France—April 23, 2015—Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced its biggest gamescom presence to date at gamescom 2015, where the company will showcase more games than ever before on over 500 game stations. The world’s largest interactive entertainment trade fair returns to the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany from Wednesday, August 5, to Sunday, August 9.

Attendees who visit the Blizzard booth in Hall 7 will have the chance to get their hands on the latest content for Heroes of the Storm , Hearthstone ®: Heroes of Warcraft , StarCraft ® II: Legacy of the Void , Overwatch , and World of Warcraft ®: Warlords of Draenor . Visitors will also be able to enjoy a variety of live entertainment on the Blizzard stage, including crowd-favorite dance and costume contests. Attendees can also pick up some epic licensed apparel and collectibles at the Blizzard store in Hall 5.1.

Hearthstone —Travel-weary card-slingers are welcome to take a load off and play a few rounds of Hearthstone. This deceptively simple, insanely fun online strategy card game now includes the brand-new single-player Adventure, Blackrock Mountain .

Heroes of the Storm —Iconic characters from Blizzard’s past and present will be out in force in Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard’s action-packed free-to-play online team brawler . gamescom 2015 attendees will be able to leap into the Nexus—a cosmic storm where Blizzard’s game worlds collide—and take control of legendary heroes and villains such as Thrall from the Warcraft universe; Jim Raynor from StarCraft; Diablo, the eponymous Lord of Terror; and even the Lost Vikings: Erik, Baleog, and Olaf. 

Overwatch Overwatch will be playable publicly in Europe for the first time ever at gamescom 2015! In this futuristic team-based shooter, players choose from a diverse roster of colorful heroes and battle it out in fast-paced 6-vs.-6 combat. Allies will need to work together to complete battlefield objectives such as capturing strategic locations or transporting a payload across the map in order to emerge victorious.

StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void —Visitors will have the opportunity to play StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, currently in closed beta testing. The third chapter of the epic StarCraft II saga concludes the single-player campaign storyline and adds new multiplayer units and features, including Archon mode—a new game type that allows two players to combine their expertise and control a single army—and Allied Commanders, where two players join forces, taking on the roles of powerful commanders from StarCraft history.

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor —Would-be adventurers at gamescom can join the millions already playing World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor and pick up a quest or two at the Blizzard booth. On the savage world of Draenor, Grommash Hellscream and his mighty Iron Horde are on the warpath, and it’s up to Azeroth’s finest heroes to stop them.

And more —In addition to trying out games for themselves, players will be able to participate in a host of activities, including:

·        Blizzard developer signing sessions taking place throughout the event

·        Live entertainment on the main stage, including exciting show matches

·        A chance to step into the spotlight to participate in costume and dance competitions

·        Quizzes, contests, and much more

Further details about Blizzard’s activities at gamescom 2015 will be announced via the Blizzard community websites and social media channels as the event draws near. For more information on gamescom, visit .

About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft ® and the Warcraft ®, StarCraft ®, and Diablo ® franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. ( ), 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 nineteen #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 Activision Blizzard’s expectations, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the future, including statements about the games to be exhibited at gamescom, are forward-looking statements that are not facts and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause Activision Blizzard’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 Activision Blizzard as of the date of this release, and Activision Blizzard assumes no 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 by 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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