Um... Maybe this is a more general blizzard question, or perhaps an industry-wide question, but...
...how does this bode for current and future Blizzard titles? Will they jump ship to consoles? Or skip right to the smartphone/tablet platform, where everyone else seems to be heading?
I don't think you've understood that announcement clearly, "Intel" as a company will be dropping their own manufacturing of mobo's for desktops.
To begin with, not once did i recall using any manufactured boards by Intel except on rare occasions on some laptops and some desktop servers.
Manufacturing of these boards are best left to companies like Asus and MSI anyway, that's what most of us would prefer on our desktops and laptops.
Intel has no market with boards that only server rooms use, which is in fact a vast minority. They are saving a great deal of money n making this move by removing unwanted manufacturing machinery and manpower that do not yield a substantial net return of investment.
Funds are better allocated to other umbrella's of the company such as processor manufacturing, processor to video processing integration (currently being adapted to the new generation of ivy bridge), and the development of haswell to broadwell.
-IT business perspective. ZRaiyne