Blizzcon 2010 is just a few hours from now, and both: the fans already in California and those at home should know a few links of information.
Those already arriving to California, you should check out the schedule and floor map. Taxi in Irvine (for emergencies). Some hotels have a van to pickup customers at no cost (contact your hotel).
The millions of fans all around the world can watch the internet live stream, and locals can order DIRECTV.
Expedia can be a good source to find hotels around Irvine. Below you can also take a look at restaurants and car rentals near the Anaheim Convention Center. Wish information on where to find something? Feel free to reach me at mdragon [a t] blizzplanet.com
- Restaurants, Car Rentals (Near Anaheim Convention Center)
- Irvine Hotels or Flights
- Irvine Taxi Cab
- BlizzCon 2010 Schedule
- Floor Map
- BlizzCon Internet Stream
Forbes >interviewed Blizzard Chief of Operations (COO) Paul Sams, who debunked rumors that BlizzCon 2010 would be the platform to reveal the Next-Gen MMO. A particular comment no doubt keeps the rumor mill engines going forth. The Next-Gen MMO now counts with 140 employees and development is at full speed.
|“We have built a development team for that product from our top talent here and augmented it with some of the best and brightest from around the industry,” Sams says. “The product is something we think is going to re-design the way these types of games are looked at.”
In August, Activision Blizzard chief Bobby Kotick suggested that the new MMO would not be based on existing franchises, in the company’s first-quarter conference call.
Sams dispelled rumors that the company would be saying anything new about the upcoming game at its BlizzCon videogame conference at the end of this month. “It’s not something we’re announcing at BlizzCon,” he says.
Bashiok posted the last pre-Blizzcon 2010 preview of Diablo III gear sets. The male Barbarian goes Wolverine stabbie-style with every punch with this meanie gear set.
Check out the other previews:
Blizzard Entertainment has selected the best Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty players to clash at the BlizzCon 2010 Starcraft II Invitational Tournament, and revealed the official roster to fill up the upper bracket matchups.
Matches begin on Friday, October 22 at 1:30 p.m. PDT in Hall B, where the best players will claim $45,000 in cash prizes.
StarCraft II Game Director Dustin Browder, Rob “Voice” Simpson, Sean “Day” Plott, Nick “Tasteless” Plott, and Dan “Artosis” Stemkoski will be shoutcasting throughout the tournament, thus expect a lot of “Terrible, Terrible Damage”.
On Friday at 7:30 pm PDT, there will be an exhibition match between StarCraft: Brood War legend SlayerS_`BoxeR` and recent TG-Intel GSL Season1 champion Fruit Dealer (aka Cool) taking place at the RTS Tournament Stage.
Blizzard revealed the BlizzChat schedule to be held at BlizzCon 2010.
“The Nordrassil-EU server superstar Morfar known for his weekly Friday/Saturday request shows has goals to expand the Nordrassil Radio station into Blizzcon and covering all the hot topics that will be dicsussed.
Our Friday show’s by Keybound and DJ Morfar will cover the news that’s fresh out of the event.
The Nordrassil Radio will have the participation of Paragon (# 1 guild in the world), DJ Stayven (Ensidia) to cover all PvE discussion that goes on at Blizzcon On Saturday
“To make this work, we need a huge help from the World of Warcraft community to get the word out that we’ll be bringing coverage on these events for gamers that are unfortunate enough not to be attending, as well as playing great music and taking requests so we can give personal shout-outs for tracks that are personal to the requester” — said Luke Brown (Nordrassil Radio).
After BlizzCon, Nordrassil Radio is aiming to broadcast audio coverage from the biggest digital festival: Dreamhack Winter 2010 at Section A of the LAN area through November 25-28 2010 (Elmia – Jönköping, Sweden).
Activision Blizzard issued out a press release reminding followers that Blizzcon 2010 begins this week. The show will have the participation of Jay Mohr, Tenacious D, Richard A. Knaak & Christie Golden, Michael McConnonie, and Sons of the Storm.
IRVINE, Calif., Oct 18, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — BlizzCon(R) 2010, Blizzard Entertainment’s two-day gaming festival celebrating the Warcraft(R), StarCraft(R), and Diablo(R) game universes and their global player communities, begins on Friday, October 22, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Attendees of the sold-out show will be able to play the latest versions of Blizzard Entertainment(R) games as well as speak with developers in discussion panels, witness live top-tier tournament competition, participate in a wide range of activities, and meet with fellow gamers and friends.
Jay Mohr has returned to act as master of ceremonies for the community contests taking place on Friday, including the popular dance and costume competitions, and the show will close on Saturday evening with an epic concert featuring the duo that has been hailed by its own members as the greatest band in the world, Tenacious D — otherwise known as Jack Black and Kyle Gass. The band will be performing an earth-shattering set at BlizzCon that includes the debut of new, soon-to-be-legendary songs.
Anyone unable to attend BlizzCon can still purchase a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, featuring more than 50 hours of live HD coverage as well as the exclusive BlizzCon 2010 World of Warcraft(R) in-game pet and StarCraft II in-game items. This package is available globally via Internet stream and also through DIRECTV(R) satellite television service in the United States (free Internet stream included with DIRECTV Pay Per View event purchases). Limited streaming coverage of the BlizzCon opening ceremony and certain BlizzCon tournaments will be available via the Internet for free. Visit the official BlizzCon website, www.blizzcon.com, for more information.
“We look forward to providing a truly entertaining and informative convention experience to all attendees, as well as those joining us remotely from around the world,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “BlizzCon offers a great opportunity for us to meet our players and share the latest news about Blizzard games with them, and with the help of Tenacious D, we’re sure this year’s show will be one the audience will never forget.”
BlizzCon would not be possible without the enthusiasm of Blizzard Entertainment gamers around the world and the generous support of the event’s sponsors, who provide demo-station hardware, peripherals, and more. This year’s platinum-level sponsors are ASUS, DIRECTV, Intel, and NVIDIA; the gold-level sponsors are Antec, Razer, Western Digital, SteelSeries, and Vasco.
Anyone attending BlizzCon who is interested in pursuing career opportunities at Blizzard Entertainment should bring their resumes, demo reels, art portfolios, or business cards, as the global staffing team will be on hand to accept materials and discuss any job-related questions.
Michael McConnonie will be attending Blizzcon 2010 to participate at the voice actor autographs booth.
Michael McConnonie will be at the Anaheim Convention Center this upcoming Saturday, October 23.
He has voiced The Lich King, King Ymiron, and Commander Kolurg in World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King.
He was also the voice of Kel’Thuzad (2004) in World of Warcraft; and Uther the Lightbringer and Kel’Thuzad in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos; and the Necromancer and Warriv in Diablo II (2000).
Blizzard released a sneak peek view of the Male Wizard Gear set to be seen in the Diablo III demo at BlizzCon 2010.
Over 20,000 BlizzCon attendees will attend the Blizzard Entertainment cult-driven event BlizzCon 2010 to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center through October 22-23/2010.
The floormap of the event is now available for viewing to plan and organize your calendar schedule.
Job seekers who wish to join the Blizzard crew should bring their resumes, and video reel or art portfolio to the booth. (thanks, Vincent)
Future Plus (World of Warcraft Official Magazine)
Figure Prints (Awesome sauce figures of your in-game character)
BradyGames (Strategy books)
Cryptozoic Entertainment (WoW TCG Cards)
Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster, Inc.)
Blizzard Recruiting (Jobs)
3 Point Press (WoW Steins)
Western Digital (Hard Drives)
Vasco (Blizzard Authenticator, security solutions)
Blizzcon ticket barcodes are now available for printing (if you choose to use your printer) from the Blizzard Store account page. It speeds up your entry to the Anaheim Convention Center. Personnel will scan your ticket barcode and you can pick up your goody bag when and where directed. Give your luv-love to Bashiok here.
If you have not yet received an email with your ticket barcodes, you can now view and print your BlizzCon ticket by:
1. Ticket purchaser logs in to their account at http://www.blizzard.com/store
This will bring you to a printable ticket page which includes that ticket’s barcode. It’s important to bring this barcode with you as it will expedite your badge pickup once you’re at the event.
For those that have already received emails with barcodes this page has the same information as the email, and isn’t necessary to view or reprint them if you already have.
Yesterday, October 12, Blizzard Entertainment’s artists (Sons of the Storm) updated the website with a post titled: “BlizzCon 2010 Imminent” to announce they will be signing all type of merchandise on Saturday, October 23 through 10AM – 11AM at the developer signing area. The artists will also draw sketches to giveaway.
It’s an awesome opportunity to meet the best among the best artists from the best game studios, and to give them some love and comments on how much you admire their work. Take some photos and send them our way. Eldorian is gonna be in line at this signing schedule, a gosu Blizzard merchandise collector himself.
Blizzcon attendees may also find New York Times Bestselling author Richard A. Knaak at the Simon & Schuster booth — check out his schedule. He will be signing copies of the four times Locus Magazine national bestselling winner World of Warcraft: Stormrage.
We are, give and take, a week away from BlizzCon 2010, the convention that celebrates all of our pretty properties. Fire it up with Deathwing, creep and conquer with Kerrigan and raise your horns for the big D…Diablo of course! Although Tenacious D would be an appropriate second choice at the closing concert.
But what is BlizzCon without the Sons of the Storm on board and representin’? We’ve got a one-hour signing session lined up on Saturday, 10AM to 11AM at the developer signing area. So be there early with whatever you want us to soil with our signatures. Also three of our own, Samwise, Raneman and Red Knuckle are going to do live sketching and painting demos at the artists’s stage. If you want to procure the secrets of the Storm, this is your chance.
See you in the field!
Jack Black and Kyle Gass to Entertain a Sold-Out Crowd During Closing Ceremony of Blizzard Entertainment’s Epic Gaming Festival
IRVINE, Calif., Oct 11, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that the greatest band in the world*, Tenacious D, will perform at the closing concert during this year’s sold-out BlizzCon. Taking place October 22-23 at the Anaheim Convention Center, BlizzCon is a celebration of the global player communities surrounding Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft game universes. While tickets to the convention are currently sold out, viewers can watch at home by ordering a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, offering over 50 hours of event coverage (including Tenacious D’s performance) globally over the Internet and also on DIRECTV in the United States.
Tenacious D is made up of musical visionaries Jack Black and Kyle Gass. After forming in 1994, the duo rose to rock god-dom following the release of the HBO cult-hit series Tenacious D: The Greatest Band on Earth. Since then, Tenacious D has released two albums and a pair of live DVDs, sold out arenas around the world, and starred in their own feature-length movie, Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny. At the BlizzCon closing ceremony on October 23, the band will perform an earth-shattering set that includes the debut of new, soon-to-be-legendary songs.
“The best way to wrap up two days of epic entertainment is with an epic rock concert–and few bands fit the bill like Tenacious D,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re looking forward to a great show and can’t wait to see what Jack and Kyle have in store for everyone attending BlizzCon and watching from home.”
In addition to serving as a gathering place for the Blizzard Entertainment gaming communities, BlizzCon will have an array of activities, including discussion panels, competitive and casual tournaments, contests, hands-on playtime with current and upcoming Blizzard Entertainment games, and more. Viewers at home can order a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket for $39.95 USD, available as a multi-channel Internet stream around the world (pricing and availability may vary by region) and also via DIRECTV in the United States . Visit www.blizzcon.com for more details and ordering information.
To keep pace with the continued growth of World of Warcraft as well as development on other Blizzard Entertainment games, the company is currently hiring for numerous open positions. More information on available career opportunities can be found at www.blizzard.com/jobs. As BlizzCon draws closer, further details about the show will be announced at www.blizzcon.com.
Blizzard will announce the winners of the 2010 Global Writing Contest this upcoming Monday, October 18th.
|2010 Global Writing Contest – Announcement of Announcement!
During today’s daily feeding/washing ritual, the handlers for the 2010 Global Writing Contest judges were able to coax them into revealing – between the constant wailing and gnashing of eyelids – that the list of winners for the 2010 Global Writing Contest will be finished on Monday, October 18th. Until then, you are allowed to slow down your hammering the Refresh button to once every other second.
Blizzard invites filmmakers and artists to participate in the Blizzcon 2010 Cataclysm Art & Video Contests.
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm will soon be upon us, and the denizens of Azeroth must be prepared! We’re reaching out to the World of Warcraft community’s talented filmmakers, artists, and graphic designers to help spread the word by entering two brand new contests.
If you’ve got the skills to make a truly moving or hilarious Cataclysm-themed commercial parody (Sockets are Forever is a great example), then the Cataclysm YouTube Commerical Contest might be for you.
If your talents lie in creating original artwork or graphic design, then perhaps you’d like to whip up an epic advertisement or public service announcement for the besieged denizens of Azeroth. You can learn more about the Cataclysm Print Ad Contest here: http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/community/contests/cataclysm-print/
Whether you chose to enter either or both of these contests, please be sure to read the rules for full details and eligibility.