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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?
The schedule for this year's BlizzCon was just released and among the usual "what's next" and "state of the game" panels some of the more interesting ones will surely be the Diablo and Blizzard anniversary streams. Apart from that there isn't any specific time allocated for "big reveals", but then there wouldn't be even if there were reveals to be had, and they may just come in the opening ceremony anyway!
Attention explorers from the Broken Shore to the batteground of Braxis: it’s time to discover what wonders await you at BlizzCon 2016! Unfold this year’s map and schedule, and take a look at all the panels, esports tournaments, and other events taking place at the show this Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5.
Check out just a few of the highlights below, and keep your eye on BlizzCon.com in the weeks ahead for even more details on the events and activities we have planned!
Opening Ceremony & Esports Streams
We’ll be broadcasting the opening ceremony and this year's esports tournaments—including the StarCraft II WCS Global Finals, World of Warcraft Arena World Championship, Hearthstone World Championship, Heroes of the Storm Fall Championship, and Overwatch World Cup Finals—right here on www.blizzcon.com for free. You won’t want to miss a minute of this year’s action!
Order a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, and you’ll be able to watch all of the developer panels on the Main Stage and Panel Stage. Find out what’s in the works for your favorite Blizzard games, and get behind-the-scenes insight into everything World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Overwatch, StarCraft II, Heroes of the Storm, and Diablo III.
Live Attendee Activities
Attending BlizzCon in person? We have a variety of events and activities for waiting for you on the show floor and upstairs in the newly relocated Darkmoon Faire, including the Creative Collective stage, the Voice Actor Stage, Hearthstone Tavern, the Community Amphitheater, and more. Keep an eye on BlizzCon.com in the next few weeks for more details on these and other attendee-only activities.
Get your hands on some sweet BlizzCon 2016 merchandise!
Physical and virtual BlizzCon ticket holders now have access to the early sale. Head over to the BlizzCon section of the Blizzard Gear Store, where you can find t-shirts, plushies, pins, action figures and much more from your favourite games. You can see some of them in the blue post below:
It’s time to gear up for BlizzCon® 2016—this year’s BlizzCon online merchandise sale has begun! From now until November 6, BlizzCon attendees and Virtual Ticket holders get early access to a wealth of BlizzCon-premiere loot through the Blizzard Gear Store. The store is packed with new items debuting at the show, and there are plenty of BlizzCon classics as well. Visit the BlizzCon section of the Gear Store (gear.blizzard.com/blizzcon) to check out what our tailors, blacksmiths, and engineers have concocted to celebrate Blizzard’s 25th anniversary.
World of Warcraft Murloha Camp Shirt Overwatch Patina Widowmaker Funko POP! (Blizzard Exclusive) World of Warcraft Snowfang Plush Overwatch Tracer Leggings Hearthstone Keepsake Box Merchy Pin The Merchy Pin will be given out as a gift to anyone making a purchase over $100 (before shipping and taxes) from the Gear Store.
To access the BlizzCon sale, simply head to the Blizzard Gear Store (gear.blizzard.com), and log in using the Battle.net account you used to purchase your Virtual Ticket. Each of this year’s BlizzCon-premiere products will be marked with a BlizzCon logo.
If you’re attending BlizzCon in person, use the same account you used to redeem the BlizzCon Digital Bonuses code that was sent to you via email earlier this year. If a friend bought your ticket for you, ask them for your code—remember, it also grants you a Virtual Ticket and this year’s in-game goodies—and head to www.battle.net/code to redeem it.
Supplies for the BlizzCon goodies are limited, so if you spot anything you like, make sure to act fast. All orders will be shipped upon receipt—so the sooner you order, the faster you’ll get your BlizzCon swag. Keep in mind that orders are shipped from the United States, so international shipping rates and some limitations may apply. We’ll also be adding new premiere items once BlizzCon gets underway on November 3, so be sure to check back in then.
For another look at some of the products on sale, check out our earlier preview blog and video.
(source) Bear in mind that there will be more merchandise up for grabs, when BlizzCon 2016 begins on November 3.
The BlizzCon 2016 merchandise sale for attendees and Virtual Ticket holders starts October 12.
BlizzCon 2016 Merchandise Sale
If you want to get your hands on some of the merchandise in the early access sale, you either need to be attending BlizzCon in person or purchase a Virtual Ticket. If you haven't purchased the ticket, feel free to do so here. If you're attending in person, check your mail for you should already have received your redemption keys for digital goods.
Below, you'll find a preview of items for sale.
Overwatch Pachimari Plush
StarCraft II Marine Onesie
Hearthstone Throw Blanket
Diablo Mounted Bottle Opener
Cute but Deadly Series 2 Blind Vinyls
World of Warcraft Core Hound Bobblehead