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Apparently it's BlizzCon season and to celebrate its start Blizzard have posted a whole lot of goodies for us to enjoy! First off there's a great "Best of BlizzCons Past" video series, that will be focusing on the great moments from former conventions, starting off with biggest surprise announcements. We can also vote for for our favorite surprise to come out of the shows.
Next up it's the big ticket item from the post, the Blizzard community infographic, covering some amazing stats from across all of Blizzard's games, from important and informative ones like 37 million monthly active players, to average friends per account, to staggering numbers such as 7.4 billion commendations given in Overwatch, 2.8 billion player kills by Legion raid bosses and much more!
And finally, we get a little preview of the programming coming to the virtual ticket prior to the event itself, including a All-Access Kickoff Show stream, a lot of content in the weeks prior and of course the actual coverage of BlizzCon itself!
Every BlizzCon is a piece of Blizzard Entertainment history. It’s a unique opportunity for us at Blizzard to geek out about our shared passion for games with our community and reveal what we’ve been working on with everyone. It’s also where our community comes to experience and help create unforgettable moments that last a lifetime.
This year, we’re kicking off BlizzCon season with a few firsts. We’ve created the “Blizzard Community Spotlight 2018” infographic, highlighting stats and fun facts about our players and what they do in and outside of our games, and with a few eye-popping facts about what goes into making BlizzCon a spectacle. We’ve also created a video campaign that lets all of you relive and vote on your favorite moments from BlizzCons past.
Then of course there’s this upcoming BlizzCon, which everyone will be able to follow via Virtual Ticket. Today, we’re giving the first glimpse of what’s to come when BlizzCon and Virtual Ticket 2018 programming kicks off in three weeks with the “BlizzCon All-Access Kick-Off Show.” Jump to the “Save the Dates” section at the bottom if you can’t wait to see what’s coming up.
Best of BlizzCons Past
It’s only fitting to start the festivities for our 12th BlizzCon, taking place this November 2–3, by giving you a chance to relive the most unforgettable moments from the show and vote on your all-time “Best of BlizzCon.”
Whether you were there in person, watched it online, or heard about it, every BlizzCon has its share of surprises and delights. These have been from announcements and surprises during our opening ceremony, from cameos from our favorite personalities, from epic esports moments. We’re trying to unearth the most memorable moments from all these categories, and then see what you decide are the best of all time.
We’ll be releasing new “Best of BlizzCon” videos from four different categories every two weeks, and you can vote on your favorite from each. Closer to the show, we’ll reveal the “Best of BlizzCon Moments of All Time.” The campaign starts today with “Top BlizzCon Surprises,” and voting is live now!
VOTE NOW FOR FAVORITE BLIZZCON SURPRISES Blizzard Community Infographic
Blizzard’s worlds are alive because of our vibrant player communities. To capture some of the characteristics we love most about our community, we decided to put together a fun infographic. It’s a mix of stats and fun facts for Blizzard Battle.net, Blizzard franchises, and BlizzCon. There are insights here that that even we found surprising.
BlizzCon 2018 Save the Dates!
Every year we officially get BlizzCon into gear with our “BlizzCon All-Access Channel Kickoff Show”—a livestream featuring teases, reveals, and special guests. The show also marks the launch of the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, including premieres for the first slate of exclusive video programming. Here’s a glimpse at what’s ahead:
“BlizzCon All-Access Kickoff Show” Livestream—September 12 Tune in at www.blizzcon.com at 3:00 p.m. PDT/11:00 p.m. GMT to see reveals for BlizzCon 2018, watch the BlizzCon Goody Bag unboxing, get the first in-game item (for BlizzCon ticket holders/Virtual Ticket holders) for Overwatch®, and more! Catch the first episodes of these Virtual Ticket exclusive programs for free: Build-A-Panel—Join in “crowd-crafting” the first-ever community-created panel for BlizzCon. Drawn to Adventure—Witness the creative process in action as Blizzard artists share their process, insights, and inspirations. The Vault—See historical items from our games that are too important—and in some cases too fragile—to keep anywhere other than under lock and key. Elite Cosplay—From concept to creation, see the dedication, passion, and love of the game required to become a truly elite cosplayer. Pause for Laughter—Get ready for an unconventional, whimsical look at Blizzard games and the unique personalities who make up our player communities.
BlizzCon Virtual Ticket Pre-Show Programming—September 12 to October 30 Watch new videos debuting almost every day, with original programming created by Blizzard and an award-winning team of producers, writers, filmmakers, and on-air talent.
BlizzCon Opening Week—October 25 to 29 Blizzard Arena Los Angeles hosts the initial rounds of the esports tournament finals culminating at BlizzCon for World of Warcraft®, Heroes of the Storm®, and StarCraft® II.
BlizzCon 2018—November 2 to 3 BlizzCon kicks off with a pre-show and our biggest announcements at the opening ceremony, broadcast live starting at 10:00 a.m. PDT/5:00 p.m. GMT on Nov. 2 from the Anaheim Convention Center. Virtual Ticket broadcasts live for the duration of the show, livestreaming key content and providing exclusive access and interviews with developers, community personalities, and esports pros. In addition to two full days of news, developer panels, and community entertainment across multiple stages, BlizzCon features the ultimate competitions in Blizzard esports: StarCraft II WCS Global Finals World of Warcraft Arena World Championship Global Finals World of Warcraft Mythic Dungeon Invitational All-Stars Heroes of the Storm Global Championship Finals Hearthstone Global Games Finals Overwatch World Cup Finals A whole lot of BlizzCon information, a huge infographic on all Blizzard games and a video on previous BlizzCon surprises.
If you didn't manage to buy tickets during the first two sales, worry not. Blizzard just announced a third sale and you'll be able to snag a ticket on August 18th!
Blizzard's gaming convention will return for two days on November 2. The sale will be handed by Universe.com and a single ticket costs $199. More information about Virtual Ticket goodies will be available soon.
Hoping to attend BlizzCon in person this year but didn’t manage to snag a ticket during the first two sales? You’re in luck—we’re thrilled to announce a third ticket sale, scheduled for Saturday, August 18 at 10 a.m. PDT.
This third ticket sale will once again be hosted by Universe.com, and tickets are priced at $199 each (plus applicable taxes and fees). This sale will work just like our previous two—check out the BlizzCon Ticket page and Badge Information page for all the details.
Blizzard Entertainment’s two-day gaming convention and community celebration returns to the Anaheim Convention Center on November 2 and 3 for a weekend full of hands-on gaming, in-depth developer panels, incredible esports competition, and more.
Virtual Ticket – Coming Soon!
If you can’t make it to the show in person, you’ll still have a chance to join the celebration from home with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, which will provide live streaming coverage to viewers around the world. Stay tuned for more details.
Check out the BlizzCon Event Info page for lots more information on prepping for the show and the upcoming ticket sales.
And look for more information on the events and activities at BlizzCon as the show approaches. We’ll see you in November!
After the first batch was sold out after 12 minutes yesterday, Blizzard has now announced the next time you can get your hands on some. As expected, many tickets from yesterday almost instantly appeared on sites such as ebay etc, for as much as $400+, so if you want to join in the fun on November 2nd and 3rd, and not spend quite that much, make sure to be in line and hope you're lucky this Friday!
BlizzCon Tickets (source)
Missed the first round of BlizzCon ticket sales? Fear not; you’ll have another chance to pick some up and join us November 2–3 at the Anaheim Convention Center when the second batch goes on sale Saturday, May 12 at 10:00 a.m. PDT.
Also as a reminder, tickets to a special pre-BlizzCon dinner to benefit CHOC Children’s will go on sale Wednesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. PDT. Separate tickets to the esports competition of BlizzCon Opening Week at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank, CA go on sale Thursday, May 17 at 8 a.m. PDT. Check out the Opening Week ticket announcement for more details.
For those who want to join the fun online, the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket will give you a chance to experience the show from just about anywhere. Stay tuned for more information in the months ahead.
Blizzard have announced not only the dates for this year's BlizzCon, but the ticket sales dates as well! November 2nd and 3rd is the main event, preceded by the usual high level esports preparations and you can try to be one of the lucky ones to snag tickets in the first few seconds of their availability on May 9th, May 12th and finally at the benefit dinner on May 16th!
Team up with your friends and family and get ready for a journey to Southern California for BlizzCon® 2018, Blizzard’s epic celebration of games and esports and the communities that bring them to life! Tickets to the main event, taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center on November 2 and 3, will go on sale May 9 and May 12, with tickets to a special pre-BlizzCon benefit dinner going on sale May 16.
BlizzCon Ticket Sale #1: Wednesday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m. PDT
BlizzCon Ticket Sale #2: Saturday, May 12 at 10:00 a.m. PDT
BlizzCon Benefit Dinner Ticket Sale: Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. PDT
Every BlizzCon, people from around the world gather to celebrate their shared passion for games, learn more about Blizzard’s games and universes directly from the developers, cheer on their favorite esports stars through world-class competition, and much more.
This year’s show will once again commence with the esports action of BlizzCon Opening Week, taking place at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles from October 25 to 29, where the initial rounds of the StarCraft® II World Championship Series Global Finals, the Heroes of the Storm® Global Championship Finals, and World of Warcraft® Arena World Championship Finals will unfold. The competitions will culminate in Anaheim on November 2 and 3, where the champions of these tournaments along with those of the Overwatch® World Cup and Hearthstone® Global Games will be crowned.
BlizzCon Tournament Dates
Heroes of the Storm Global Championship: October 25–28, November 2–3
StarCraft II World Championship Series: October 26–28, November 2–3
World of Warcraft Arena Global Championship: October 29, November 2–3
Overwatch World Cup: November 2–3
Hearthstone Global Games: November 2–3
A limited number of tickets to Opening Week events at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank, California will go on sale later this year—further details will be announced in the months ahead.
BlizzCon 2018 Ticket Details
BlizzCon 2018 tickets will be available for $199 USD each (plus applicable taxes and fees) through the online ticketing service Universe. Tickets include two-day admission to the main event at the Anaheim Convention Center on November 2 and 3, and attendees will receive a commemorative BlizzCon goody bag containing a cache of loot based on their favorite Blizzard games. Visit the BlizzCon Event Info site for complete details, including important information for people interested in attending in person.
BlizzCon Benefit Dinner in Support of CHOC Children’s
Before BlizzCon begins, we’ll be hosting an exclusive pre-BlizzCon dinner to benefit CHOC Children’s on the evening of Thursday, November 1, where attendees will have the chance to spend time with Blizzard developers, artists, and community representatives—all while supporting a great cause. Tickets to the benefit dinner, which include BlizzCon admission, are limited in number and will go on sale Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. PDT for $750 each. Blizzard Entertainment will donate the net proceeds from the event to CHOC Children’s. Visit the Charity Dinner page for more details.
BlizzCon Virtual Ticket Coming Soon
Gamers around the globe who aren’t able to attend in person will have the chance to enjoy BlizzCon from just about anywhere via the Virtual Ticket, which offers live streaming coverage of the event and a variety of bonus content, including this year’s BlizzCon in-game items. More details on the BlizzCon 2018 Virtual Ticket, including pricing, availability, and programming information, will be announced at a later date.
Whether you’re attending in person or joining us online, we hope to see you there!
A centralized hub with all the latest info from this year's BlizzCon!
This hub will be periodically updated with latest announcements, news and reveals. Check back often for updates!
Opening Ceremony Livestream Coverage Icy Veins Podcast Episode #3 Interviews
Bay with Alex Afrasiabi & Ion Hazzikostas BlizzPlanet with Jeremy Feasel Gamespot with John Hight Panser with Alex Afrasiabi & Chris Robinson Asmongold & Hotted with Ryan Cobo & Shani Edwards World of Warcraft
A lot of WoW hype at BlizzCon. Blizzard announced Classic servers and the next expansion.
Battle for Azeroth (New Expansion Announcement) What's Next in World of Warcraft? Classic Servers Announced Allied Races in Battle for Azeroth Old World Zone Scaling Coming in Patch 7.3.5 New Legendary Neck Piece Heart of Azeroth Explained Battle for Azeroth Live Q/A Battle for Azeroth Beta Opt-In Additional Information About Classic Servers Heroes of the Storm
The game is getting a bunch of under the hood improvemenets and a new event called Dragons of the Nexus with Alexstrasza and Hanzo.
What's Next in Heroes of the Storm? Alexstraza & Hanzo Reveals (Dragons of the Nexus Event) Alexstrasza Abilities & Talents Hanzo Abilities & Talents Heroes of the Storm Deep Dive Panel Upcoming Stealth Shader Updates Upcoming Hero Updates Kendric's Interview with Lead Game Designer Travis McGeathy Hanzo Hands-on Impressions by Oxy Hearthstone
Kobolds and Catacombs is the new expansion for Hearthstone!
Kobolds and Catacombs Expansion Reveal What's Next in Hearthstone? Kobolds and Catacombs Expansion Hub Dungeon Run (New Single-Player Mode) New Game Board Hearthstone Q/A Panel New Arena-Exclusive Cards Overwatch
A new Hero and a map! That's what we're getting in Overwatch!
What's Next in Overwatch? Moira (New Hero) & Blizzardworld (Map) Mora Origin, Cocept Art, Skins Starcraft II
The game will soon be F2P, there's a new unit and improvements for co-op and Ranked Ladder.
StarCraft II Going Free to Play on Nov 14