12th June–Karune's Q&A Batch 52: Mapmaker Edition released
The newest Q&A Batch from Blizzard concerns mapmaking, mainly scripting details and the new map editor scripting language, "Galaxy". Source: Batch 52.
10th June–StarCraft comic Interview
Simon Furman, author of the StarCraft comic series held an interview with Blizzplanet. It revealed information about the individual War Pigs and where the comic is heading, including future links to extremely important characters to the StarCraft universe. See the interview here.
The 2009 Warcraft Regional Finals Tournament is a competition featuring the best Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne & World of Warcraft Arena players from North America and Europe. This tournament will decide who advances to the finals to be held at BlizzCon in August
The 2009 Regional Finals is a free event: no tickets will be sold. Simply, make your way to the KOMED Meeting-Centre at the Cologne Mediapark from June 26th till June 28TH and take part in the festivities.
In addition to watching the live matches between world-class gamers, attendees will have a chance to play-test the latest version of Starcraft II in the free-play gaming area. Also available will be Wrath of the Lich King versions of World of Warcraft for those wanting to explore the features of this latest expansion.
Teamliquid is holding a StarCraft II beta key contest for 20 beta keys. The three winners for each of the three contests: baking a StarCraft-themed cake, writing a guide or winning one of several iron man tournaments will win two beta keys each. Link: Teamliquid. See the (currently short) list of fansite beta key opportunities here.
1st June 2009–StarCraft II Armory BlizzCon contest
StarCraft II Armory is hosting a BlizzCon 2009 ticket contest. Armory members can enter information into a raffle, and three will receive the grand prize of a BlizzCon ticket. Source and rules.
Mike Morhaime expects StarCraft II to be out in 2009.
In a webcast, Mike Morhaime, president and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment, said he expected StarCraft II to launch this year, but also noted that it will only ship once the game is done. Source link.