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Well, BlizzCon just got a whole lot weirder. Blizzard has announced the closing act for the 2016 edition of their very own Con and it's none other than weird Al! While most know him from his classics like Eat it and Like a Surgeon, my personal favorite is the theme from Spy Hard!
The Grammy Award–winning pop parodist will be taking the stage the evening of Saturday, November 5, to provide an epic send-off for everyone celebrating this year’s convention. If you didn’t score tickets to the show, Blizzard gamers and Weird Al fans around the world can still get a front row seat at home with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket.
BlizzCon is the biggest Blizzard party of the year, packed with in-depth developer panels, intense esports tournaments, the legendary Friday night contests, and what’s sure to be an epic finale from Weird Al.
The Virtual Ticket lets you watch the action online, live and in high definition. You’ll also be able to watch most of the concert in on-demand videos that will be available within a few days after the show, although some portions may be edited or unavailable. For the best experience, be sure to watch it live!
Order a Virtual Ticket and you’ll also receive a treasure trove of in-game goodies for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch.
Check out the press release for more information on this year’s closing concert featuring Weird Al. And get ready for an evening of mandatory fun—we’ll see you at the show!
Blizzard are stretching their charity muscles again, this time auctioning off the usual amazing art, but also some more...plushy items this time around, all to benefit a children's hospital!
For over 50 years, Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's) has been steadfastly committed to providing the highest quality medical care to children. This BlizzCon, members of the Blizzard community everywhere will once again have the opportunity to bid on an array of unique Blizzard artwork and collectible memorabilia to benefit this institution through the online BlizzCon 2016 Charity Auction, taking place Wednesday, November 2 through Friday, November 11.
Visit The Auction Site
We are auctioning off a variety of awesome original pieces from the talented artists at Blizzard, representing a range of mediums and styles. You will also find fine art prints, unique memorabilia, and even a giant plush in this year's auction collection.
Oversized Pachimari Plush
See the World for What it Could Be
The Lost Vikings – 2015 Blizzard Employee Exclusive Gift
Art of Blizzard Entertainment Book Cover
Be sure to visit our Charity Auction page on eBay from November 2–11 to check out the items up for auction and to place your bids, and if you are attending BlizzCon in person, be sure to stop by the auction area in Hall A to browse our items at the show.
Together We Are Strong
Every bid counts! 100% of the proceeds are going to benefit CHOC Children's—your support will help make a world of difference to children in need.
It seems there will be (at least) two CEOs at BlizzCon this year, with Mr. Morhaime being joined by Pied Piper head honcho Richard Hendricks (aka Thomas Middleditch), who will be hosting the Friday contests! So get your PP jackets out (or, if you have no idea what I'm talking about, go check out Silicon Valley) and prepare to hopefully not watch someone break their leg on stage.
Get ready for a night of creativity, community—and a little bit of crazy—when this year’s Costume, Talent, Art, and Movie contests get underway Friday night at BlizzCon!
We’re excited to announce that this year’s festivites will be hosted by Emmy-nominated actor and comedian Thomas Middleditch, star of HBO’s hit comedy series Silicon Valley. In addition to playing roles in movies like The Final Girls and Wolf of Wall Street, he also hosts a regular Extreme Gaming Championship events at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in Los Angeles—and is a seasoned Diablo veteran, too.
Contest night kicks off November 4 at 6pm PT, and you can catch the action by ordering a Virtual Ticket today. For more information on this year’s contests, check out the links below!
Movie Contest · Art Contest · Costume Contest · Talent Contest
The huge amount of esports goodness coming with BlizzCon is starting this week and Blizzard have rounded up all the ways you can enjoy the plethora of extremely high quality matches from all the Blizz games right here!
This year’s BlizzCon promises to be one of the most exciting for esports yet, and—in partnership with Twitch and MLG.tv—we’re offering new ways to stream live championship events for Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, StarCraft II, and World of Warcraft.
Beginning with Opening Week on October 26-31, when the top players and teams from around the world are focused on their final march towards championship hardware, you can enjoy world-class esports on BlizzCon.com, Twitch, and MLG.tv. All BlizzCon esports streams are free, presented in high definition, and available on your favorite device, so you can catch Opening Week esports anywhere.
World of Warcraft Arena Championship and Heroes of the Storm Fall Championship viewers on Twitch will be treated to special viewer rewards, while Overwatch World Cup viewers on MLG.tv can check out up-to-the-minute match statistics with the Enhanced Viewing Experience (EVE).
If you plan to watch BlizzCon esports in a language other than English, Twitch has you covered with options that will vary depending on the game. Use the tables below to find your favorite game and your preferred language stream to get the most out of Opening Week.
For more information on the players, teams, prizes, and casters at Opening Week and BlizzCon, check out blizzcon.com.
English Language Streams for All Esports
The Hearthstone World Championship features $1,000,000 in total prize money and 16 of the best players from around the world. German: *Lifecoach
French: Gamers Origin
Spanish (EUR): OGSeries
Spanish (LATAM): Audiox
Portuguese (LATAM): Comarox
Mandarin (TW): Hong Kong Esports
Cantonese (TW): Hong Kong Esports
Japanese: Twitch TV Japan
The Heroes of the Storm Fall Championship brings together 12 of the best teams from every region for a shot at a $1,000,000 prize pool.
Spanish (EUR): Sarly21
Spanish (LATAM): Aulox
Portuguese (LATAM): NomadTV
The StarCraft 2 World Championship Series Global Finals will award $200,000 to the champion that emerges from the field of 16 qualified players.
Polish: Emil Wieczorek
Spanish (EUR): *StronGer
Spanish (LATAM): RTM
Portuguese (LATAM): Sefirofe
Chinese (TW): Hong Kong Esports
The Overwatch World Cup assembles national teams from all over the world to decide 2016 international bragging rights once and for all.
Swedish: *David "Fenrishi" Eriksson
Spanish (EUR): OGSeries
Spanish (LATAM): SolidCaster
Portuguese (LATAM): peterNetoTV
Mandarin (TW): TeSL
Japanese: Twitch TV Japan
The World of Warcraft Arena World Championship features eight top teams playing for a share of the $250,000 prize pool.
Spanish (EUR): DarksoulEVO
Spanish (LATAM): Aldrah
Portuguese (LATAM): NandaWoW and PvPGirls
Stay tuned, as we’ll have additional stream information when esports action moves to the BlizzCon stage in Anaheim.
*These streams will only be broadcasting finals during BlizzCon
So Blizzard gave us the opportunity to choose and root for a player during the HS World Championship 2016.
You win in-game prizes for every win they get. Everyone gets a pack for just picking one of the contenders.
So who's your pick?