Film Friday: Six Assorted Trailers

Friday, here once again! It's tough to catch everything during the week, isn't it? To help out, we've collected a few videos and listed 'em below. Lean back, press play and unwind!

Red Bull Battle Grounds Atlanta: July 11-13

StarCraft II's Red Bull Battle Grounds Atlanta competition kicks off tomorrow, with over 100 competitors vying to nab first place and a spot in the September finals. If you can't be there in person you can catch all the action on Twitch TV.

StarCraft II: 2014 Season 3 Begins

Three months since it started, Season 2 has ended. Season 3 of ranked StarCraft II has begun.

Bonus pools and standings have been reset. 2014 Season 2 milestones have been awarded. As per usual, this new season introduces new maps to the "1v1, 2v2, 3v3, and 4v4 ladder map pools." The maps are all community-created – Blizzard gives their official look, and TeamLiquid gives a comprehensive breakdown.

Red Bull Battle Grounds Adds More Qualifiers

The popular StarCraft II eSports tournament, Red Bull Battle Grounds, is drawing near and recently announced that three more open qualifier events have been added to its schedule: Red Bull Battle Grounds North America, Red Bull Battle Grounds Global, and Red Bull Battle Grounds Online.

Red Bull Battle Grounds 2014 Calendar Unveiled

Red Bull Media House announced yestesrday the 2014 Red Bull Battle Grounds tournament schedule! Making its way through three cities this year, the popular StarCraft II eSports tournament has some excitement in store.

StarCraft II 2014 Season 2 Kicks Off

Yesterday afternoon Blizzard announced that StarCraft II's second season has started! 2014 Season 1 milestones have be awarded while standings and bonus pools have been reset. New maps are now available for the 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 and 4v4 map pools, which are detailed in this article.

StarCraft II Fight Night Kicks Off on ESGN Monday

The web-based eSports channel ESGNTV is bringing StarCraft II back to your screens this coming Monday, March 17th at 12:30pm PT / 3:30 pm ET. Unlike the first season of "Fight Night" - StarCraft II Edition, this season will feature eight pro-gaming stars as they try to make their way to the final on the official Arcade Edition of StarCraft II. This version of the game has modified game modes and custom maps to choose from, which require the pro-gamers to take entirely new approaches and promise an extra helping of fun for the eSportmen and spectators alike.

IEM World Championship in Poland

The Intel Extreme Masters tournament series kicks off an exciting, mass tournament for its Season 8 finale, with StarCraft II and League of Legends teams battling it out.

WCS Premium Subscription Tickets on Twitch

The premium subscription tickets for World Championship Series are currently available on Twitch! They will give fans of StarCraft II eSports access to the highest quality live stream, as well as subscriber-only chat (when available) and eight unique WCS emoticons. Low, Medium and High quality streams as well as VODs will always be free for all.

StarCraft II: Patch 2.1 Interview

A few weeks ago, StarCraft II received one of the most significant content patches to date in Patch 2.1. The beastly new patch included a great deal of content, including:

  • "Arcade" features are now free: The custom maps of StarCraft II are contained in a portion called the arcade. It is now free with the Starter edition of SC2, and available for download. If you are new to StarCraft, I recommend starting with the games "Raynor Party" and "Mafia", they are great fun. Along with the Arcade, free players will have access to custom games and the beginning of the campaign.
  • New extension mods feature: Players can now create custom games with zany modifiers, such as moving minerals and all units exploding on death. This feature allows for smaller mods to be more easily used by average players.
  • New level cap for online play: The level cap has been raised from 30-35 for each race, and new StarCraft themed portraits can be unlocked.
  • First win of the day bonus: The first win of the day in competitive ladder (only available to players who have purchased the full game) now grants 100,000 experience.
  • Classic Soundtrack: The StarCraft: Broodwar soundtracks have been mastered and are available for free in StarCraft II.

If you haven't already, I encourage you to check out the StarCraft II Starter Edition, the quantity and quality of content available for free is overwhelming. We recently had the opportunity to talk to SC2 Senior Game Producer Tony Hsu about some of the patch 2.1 content.