UPDATE: Sunday, August 11 is the last day to submit your entry.
SteelSeries, J!NX and The League of S.T.E.A.M. have partnered to brew together a cool promotion that will send a lucky winner and a friend to BlizzCon 2013 (November 8-9th) free along with flight and hotel expenses covered. This contest only applies to North American residents: which includes United States, Canada and Quebec. The follow up winners will get SteelSeries and J!NX prizes.
Make sure to read my personal speculation about this strange and unholy partnership — there is something odd about this partnership that [might] or [not] be a hint of a new Blizzard game announcement. Don’t you love Blizzplanet’s speculations?
CHICAGO – July 29th, 2013 – With the return of BlizzCon this year to Anaheim, California, SteelSeries and our partners JINX and The League of S.T.E.A.M want to send YOU to the festivities in style. This once in a lifetime chance to be a part of gaming history is completely FREE to enter by visiting the contest landing page – http://steelseri.es/blizzcon. Sweepstake entries will be open from July 29th through August 11th to all North American residents.
The grand prize features two BlizzCon Show Passes, airfare and accommodations for you and a friend PLUS one custom costume by award winning costume designers The League of S.T.E.A.M! An additional $2500 in sponsored prizes will also be given away including World of Warcraft Wireless MMO mice and JINX gift cards!
To keep up to date with the latest happenings of all the companies that made this giveaway possible, please visit the following websites.
The Contest runs from July 29th, 2013 to August 11th, 2013.
Current SteelSeries promotional offers here.
I’m sorry to Blizzard Entertainment, but I will shield up with the first amendment of the United States Constitution: Freedom of Speech. Of course, I’ll eat back my words silently if I misfire … oops!
I have seen several promotions and giveaways from licensed partners for several years, but I find the League of S.T.E.A.M to be a very strange partner which is not directly a Blizzard Licensed Partner.
I do know the BlizzCon 2013 Costume Contest sign ups begin on August 5 (approximately) as published recently at the official BlizzCon website. The League of S.T.E.A.M will create a costume for the Ultimate BlizzCon 2013 Giveaway announced in this press release.
I was curious about this League of S.T.E.A.M, and searched online for their website. After reading through their About page, this is what they say:
The League of S.T.E.A.M. is not your average performance group
Our talented group of inventors and actors take the audience back to a time of scientific adventure; a common ground between the paranormal and the Pythagorean. We are monster hunters from the Victorian era. From up on the stage to mingling the crowd, our members engage the audience with proton packs capable of firing blasts of “steam,” zombie manservants on chain-leads, net guns and titillating electro-shock packs and ethereal glowing ghosts. Every piece of machinery is meticulously designed, detailed, and fully functional, from the steam cannon to the extendable “Punchy Fist”. The League travels with an archive of past adventures, preserved and documented for the ambient pleasure of the viewer, featuring exotic specimens and chilling relics from the ancient Orient. Audiences for this extravagant experience continue to grow. The League of S.T.E.A.M. is one of the fastest-growing entertainment groups of its kind, and our series of filmed exploits has ensured us a popularity that fills our events to capacity.
Wait … this is a Steampunk-effing-League?!! I’m sorry, my geeky blood-pressure is going high at the moment. Don’t blame me for speculating, but what if this giveaway is subtly throwing hints about a new Blizzard Entertainment Steampunk-themed video game to be announced at BlizzCon 2013? Is that even feasible to imagine or a loooong-stretch?
Blizzard Entertainment is currently developing two MMOs: the Next-Gen MMO codenamed Titan and a unannounced MMO.
If this speculation doesn’t excite you, I don’t know what will. A Steampunk Blizzard game — would you play something that wicked sweet?
I might be totally wrong on this one, I admit. However, tell me straight to the face you won’t get excited after reading what the League of S.T.E.A.M is and after viewing their photos. I present to you … the League of S.T.E.A.M
Zeriyah provided a lengthy update on Hearthstone today, commenting on some changes to the game as it progresses closer and closer to beta. Among the items discussed was a restatement that the Hearthstone team is working vigorously to launch beta before summer ends. Zeriyah phrased the timeline for beta as “not days away from launching the beta, but [...] not months away either.” Progress is being made but patience is required.
The beta will allow players to spend real money on card packs and Arena entry. However, because of the changing nature of beta testing Hearthstone’s developers have decided to reward players who put down cash with something special – a golden version of Gelbin Mekkatorque. When you purchase cards or Arena entry, you’re granted a copy of the Gnome King. His golden version is only available this way: no crafting or lucky drops from card packs. A regular version can be crafted once the game is released.
Hearthstone has also been tested on the iPad with cross-platform play. Zeriyah called it an awesome milestone in development for Hearthstone. Any means of expanding the player pool for the game has to be considered an incredible success; cross-platform potential is a phenomenal one.
The update ends with Zeriyah telling the community to continue to engage with the Hearthstone team. The community helps guide how the game evolves and the developers want to know what’s working and what isn’t.
YouTube Geek Week’s “Beyond the Trailer” host Grace Randolph interviewed Blizzard Entertainment Lead Publishing Micky Neilson.
Grace Randolph discussed with Micky Neilson that some people usually watch a movie and then wants to read the book.
This in reference to the recent announcement of the Warcraft film by director Duncan Jones at the San Diego Comic Con.
Micky Neilson explains that the story right now in World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria is getting really exciting with Garrosh Hellscream trying to dominate all of Azeroth.
The curious thing is that it seems we will hear about Garrosh Hellscream in the next expansion — though it could be open to interpretation.
“Now with World of Warcraft, the game itself is in a very exciting state right now. You got the continent of Pandaria which has been discovered in the latest expansion: Mists of Pandaria.
Players are exploring that new continent and this latest expansion really shines a spotlight on the primary conflict between two major factions: the Horde and the Alliance.
So you got the Alliance led by humans, and you got the Horde led by orcs — specifically by Garrosh Hellscream who is a complete hothead and he’s trying to dominate everything and everybody and he doesn’t care what he has to do in order to accomplish that.
For the game, it’s going to be very exciting — especially over the course of this expansion and the next expansion to see what happens.”
Micky also talks a bit about the upcoming DK Publishing World of Warcraft: Ultimate Visual Guide.
For decades, the war between the Horde and the Alliance has raged on in the fantasy world of Azeroth. Millions of players have chosen a faction and fought alongside one another in Blizzard Entertainment’s critically acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game, World of Warcraft® — and since its release in 2004, the game has grown to become the most popular subscription-based MMORPG on the planet.
Created in close collaboration with Blizzard, World of Warcraft®: The Ultimate Visual Guide explores the major characters, key locations, and epic history of this battle-scarred realm, and will capture any adventurer’s imagination with its breadth of detail. Players will find a treasure trove of game knowledge, as the book delves deep into the series’ lore and even goes be yond the game, giving readers a peek at the behind-the-scenes development of Blizzard’s vivid fantasy world. This detailed guide is the perfect companion for any adventurer, Alliance or Horde.
Anxious to play Hearthstone yourself? Are the Twitch specials and Fireside duels not satisfying your curiosity and anticipation? If you’re able to attend Gamescom this year, you’re in luck.
Blizzard and the Hearthstone developers will be hosting the first public playable versions of the game in Germany this year. Blizzard will host several sessions of Hearthstone during the trade fair. Hearthstone’s lead artist Ben Thompson will also be showing off his artistic talents with live drawing and sketching. There are also quizzes, Q&As, developer signings, and a Warcraft dance contest.
Check Blizzards’ complete schedule to find the events that pique your interest: Schedule for Gamescom 2013.
Sideshow Collectibles opened pre-orders for the Starcraft II Raynor – Terran Space Marine – Sixth Scale Figure.
The size and dimensions of this figure is 15.5″ H (393.7mm) x 9.5″ W (241.3mm) x 6.75″ L (171.45mm). Sideshow Collectibles is pre-ordering this item for $499.99, and offers monthly payment plans as little as $56.25 a month. The figure is slated to ship on August 2014. Don’t worry, the pre-order will only charge you $50 today to reserve your copy as a non-refundable deposit.
The StarCraft II Raynor 1:6 Scale figure was announced recently at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con. Blizzplanet recorded video of the entire Blizzard Licensing Panel where this product was announced. Watch it now.
From the hit Blizzard Entertainment title, Starcraft II, Sideshow Collectibles is proud to introduce Jim Raynor -Terran Space Marine. Confederate marshal turned outlaw rebel, Jim Raynor does not back down from a fight. Equipped with technologically advanced armor and weaponry, the Raynor – Terran Space Marine was assembled from over 525 individually engineered components, making it one of Sideshow’s most ambitious Sixth Scale projects to date. The detailed armor features light up elements in the chest and engine vents, an impressive cache of weapons includes a C-14 Impaler Gauss rifle, a massive sniper rifle, and Jim’s signature revolver.
The Raynor Sixth Scale Figure features:
- Fully Articulated Figure Body with highly detailed, fully articulated armor
- Removable Helmet with retractable visor
- Alternate Head(s) to display with helmet on or off
- C-14 Impaler Gauss Rifle
- Pistol with fabric holster
- Sniper Rifle
- Light up effects in chest, engine vents, and rifle (Images of finalized light-up effects, coming soon)
- Anthony Mestas (Paint)
- Michael Fictenmayer (Paint)
- Big Shot Toyworks (Sculpt and Development)
- Trevor Grove (Sculpt)
- Kevin Ellis (Costume Fabrication)
- The Sideshow Collectibles Design and Development Team
Manufactured by: Sideshow Collectibles
Sideshow Collectibles announced the StarCraft II Jim Raynor 1:6 Scale Figure during the 2013 San Diego Comic Con’s Blizzard Licensing panel. During the panel, Sideshow said pre-orders would start in the ext couple of weeks.
A preview of the making of the Jim Raynor Sixth scale figure is now available.
San Diego Comic Con
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Blizzplanet contributor Danny Perschonok brought home amazing quality photos of several Blizzard licensed merchandise and SDCC exclusive merchandise.
Blizzplanet Coverage: San Diego Comic Con 2013
Blizzplanet contributor Danny Perschonok interviewed Mike Stackpole to discuss his recent novel tie-in World of Warcraft: Vol’jin, Shadows of the Horde.
The interview contained a combination of questions submitted by Scrolls of Lore fans and Blizzplanet.
This interview is so exciting in many levels. Mike Stackpole answered questions for 22 minutes straight enhancing the reader’s perception of what transpired throughout Vol’jin’s journey and his experiences which shed away the old Vol’jin. He’s reborn. He experiences this new life from the point of view of the Shado-Pan and their philosophies, through the point of view of human Tyrathan, and must decide whether to take the temptation of glory for the Darkspear by joining the Zandalari or to choose his newfound friends.
Order World of Warcraft: Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde.
Blizzplanet Coverage: San Diego Comic Con 2013
Lot of stuff happening today at the San Diego Comic Con. A Blizzplanet contributor interviewed Micky Neilson — who talked more about the Insight Editions Diablo III: Book of Tyrael and DC Comics World of Warcraft: Bloodsworn graphic novel.
Duncan Jones showed off a Warcraft Film “mood piece” teaser trailer.
Several Blizzard Entertainment Community Managers and Public Relation Specialists flooded Twitter with photos full of awesome. Follow the hashtag #BlizzSDCC
Blizzplanet correspondent David Frazier interviewed Micky Neilson at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con on Friday, July 19th to forward a combination of SOL community and Blizzplanet questions about licensed products revealed at the Blizzard Licensing Panel, and about products that weren’t mentioned at the panel.
Among the topics Micky Neilson discusses are the Diablo III: Book of Tyrael, World of Warcraft: Bloodsworn, Blood of the Highborne, World of Warcraft: Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde, the upcoming World of Warcraft-themed children’s book — Snow Fight, the DC Comics StarCraft OGN, and women characters in upcoming novels.
Special thanks to the New York Times Best Selling Author Micky Neilson (Blizzard Publishing Lead), “oasis in the desert” @TheLyns | Lyndsi Achucarro (Public Relations Specialist, Blizzard Entertainment) and Blizzplanet SDCC correspondent David Frazier.
Blizzplanet Coverage: San Diego Comic Con 2013