As Blizzard kicks off World of Warcraft Cataclysm, it suffers a disastrous data leak

Blizzard Entertainment launched its highly-anticipated online role-playing game expansion World of Warcraft Cataclysm today. But the launch was marred by a big leak of internal data — apparently in the company’s China office. The leak reportedly contains Blizzard’s secret launch schedule for upcoming games.

VentureBeat’s picks for the 10 best video games of the holiday season

We’ve unveiled VentureBeat’s picks for the 10 best video games of the holiday season. And this year’s picks really show how much the $20 million U.S. gaming market has changed in the past year. The growing influence of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and mobile gaming experiences such as the iPhone are clear to see. These games have great single-player experiences, but many of them also have excellent social sharing and multiplayer experiences too, a factor that’s becoming increasingly important in this market.

Blizzard confirms World of Warcraft Cataclysm launch for Dec. 7

Following through on its pledge to launch two major games in a year, Blizzard Entertainment said it will release World of Warcraft: Cataclysm on Dec. 7. The game is a surefire hit because World of Warcraft remains the most popular paid subscription service game with more than 11.5 million paying subscribers.