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“Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Blizzard, Inc., is the world’s most successful standalone interactive entertainment company. Our portfolio includes some of the strongest franchises in all of entertainment, developed by the incredibly talented teams at Activision Publishing, Blizzard Entertainment, King Digital Entertainment and our independent studios, including Toys for Bob, Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games and Treyarch.”

It won’t bring back the game’s library of 450+ streaming songs but Activision is offering some potential compensation for those burned by the shutdown of Guitar Hero Live’s GHTV mode last December. A news post by Polygon suggests the refund program is in response to Robert Fishel’s lawsuit against Activision for removing so much content shortly after he’d purchased the game. While Fishel voluntarily dismissed his claim on January 22nd, it may have tugged just enough on Activision’s heartstrings for them to offer up this refund program. The details (and requirements) follow:

Activision is offering a voluntary refund program for customers who bought the Guitar Hero Live gaming system on or after December 1, 2017, in the United States. Customers may qualify for a refund if:

  • They purchased Guitar Hero Live in the United States during the period starting December 1, 2017 and ending on January 1, 2019
  • They submit a completed Claim Form by the deadline of May 1, 2019
  • Their purchase of Guitar Hero Live since December 2017 can be confirmed by Activision

If you meet the above criteria you’ll next need to provide a copy of your original receipt or credit card statement highlighting the purchase, as well as your personal details and online ID or gamertag from the platform where you played the game. Activision isn’t messing around on verifying qualified purchases! If all goes well with your claim, look for a prepaid Visa gift card matching your original purchase price to arrive in the mail some time by late July.

Let us know if you pursue a refund or what you think about Activision’s refund response.

Heroes of the Storm development slowing but Blizzard promises "long-term" lifespan

A news announcement out of Blizzard on Thursday may not be the death knell for Heroes of the Storm but it’s a sign that the game’s most lively years may be behind it. Blizzard president J. Allen Brack and chief development officer Ray Gresko penned the post that outlines a change in direction for the development team and a promise of “long-term sustainability” despite the game’s retirement from the competitive eSports scene. The most relevant chunks of the announcement follow but you can read the full post here:

“We’re also at a point where we need to take some of our talented developers and bring their skills to other projects. As a result, we’ve made the difficult decision to shift some developers from Heroes of the Storm to other teams, and we’re excited to see the passion, knowledge, and experience that they’ll bring to those projects.

Despite the change, Heroes of the Storm remains our love letter to Blizzard’s worlds and characters. We’ll continue actively supporting the game with new heroes, themed events, and other content that our community loves, though the cadence will change. Ultimately, we’re setting up the game for long-term sustainability.

We’ve also evaluated our plans around Heroes esports—after looking at all of our priorities and options in light of the change with the game, the Heroes Global Championship and Heroes of the Dorm will not return in 2019. This was another very difficult decision for us to make. The love that the community has for these programs is deeply felt by everyone who works on them, but we ultimately feel this is the right decision versus moving forward in a way that would not meet the standards that players and fans have come to expect.”

Fortunately, Blizzard owns the various properties featured in the game so it’s not likely it’ll be completely removed from sale anytime soon. But this seems like a fair warning that modes, content, and active players may be harder and harder to find over the next few years.