World of Warcraft: Battle For Azeroth pre-patch goes live on July 17

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World of Warcraft: Battle For Azeroth pre-patch goes live on July 17

Ahead of the expansion's launch on August 14, Blizzard has just announced a date for the World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth pre-patch – and it's coming next week. On July 17 the patch will roll out, serving to bridge the gap between Battle for Azeroth and last year's Legion expansion. As always, it's not just tweaks and changes: there's actual gameplay stuff added as well.

Baldur's Gate lead designer James Ohlen has left BioWare after 22 years

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Baldur's Gate lead designer James Ohlen has left BioWare after 22 years

James Ohlen has been with BioWare for an awfully long time: 22 years, in fact. He was the lead designer on the original Baldur's Gate and has racked up design and writing credits since then on games including Neverwinter Nights, Knights of the Old Republic, Jade Empire, Dragon Age: Origins, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Mass Effect: Andromeda. Most recently, he'd been working on the upcoming Anthem. So it really marked the end of an era when he announced today on Twitter that he has left the company. 

Anonymous $100k donation rockets Ninja's GuardianCon charity stream past its goal

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Anonymous $100k donation rockets Ninja's GuardianCon charity stream past its goal

Florida-based gaming convention GuardianCon technically begins tomorrow, but its organizers have been hosting a series of 'Charity Blitz' streams all week, with all donations going to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Fortnite streamer Ninja stepped up to the plate earlier today, and his stream not only pushed the event's total donations past its $2.7 million goal, but saw one of the biggest single donations in the entire event: $100,000 from an anonymous philanthropist (who fans reckon was either Drake the rapper or developer Epic Games). 

Where to find all 17 lightning bolts scattered around Fortnite's map

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Where to find all 17 lightning bolts scattered around Fortnite's map

Just like seasons before it, Fortnite Season 5 comes with a list of new weekly challenges to push players to do more than just murder one another. One of the opening week challenges tasks players with hunting down at least seven lightning bolts across the map. There are seventeen lightning bolts scattered from coast to coast in all, but you only need to grab seven of them. It’s worth noting that this challenge is only available to players who pick up the Fortnite Season 5 Battle Pass.

Ben Brode's new studio is called Second Dinner

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Ben Brode's new studio is called Second Dinner

Earlier this year, Ben Brode, Hearthstone's booming, bearded and beloved former director, abruptly announced that he was leaving Blizzard to help start a new company that would "probably make games." Today Brode took to Twitter to formally announce that company: Second Dinner.