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BlizzCon 2010 StarCraft II Invitational Upper Bracket Revealed

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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[9]” 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.

BlizzCon Non-Attendees may watch the entire tournament by purchasing the online BlizzCon 2010 Tournament stream or the DIRECTV.

BlizzCon 2010: BlizzChat Schedule Revealed

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Blizzard revealed the BlizzChat schedule to be held at BlizzCon 2010.

Blizzard Quote:

Our primary motivator when hosting each BlizzCon is to provide an epic atmosphere for members of the community to meet up and share their common passion for Blizzard games. In keeping with that tradition, at this year’s BlizzCon we’ll be facilitating the first-ever BlizzChat: Community Live!

Attendees will be given a venue to discuss a number of focused topics pertaining to the Diablo, StarCraft, and Warcraft universes and gameplay. If you’re coming to BlizzCon at the Anaheim Convention Center this October 22 and 23, be sure to check out the schedule below. Don’t miss the opportunity to share your thoughts on a wide array of subjects with fellow gaming enthusiasts.

BlizzChat: Community Live!

Meet up with fellow Blizzard gamers face-to-face to discuss various topics of interest! BlizzChat will take place in meeting rooms 201A and 201B, located on the second floor of the Convention Center near the top of the escalators.

Friday, October 22:

    Meeting Room 201A

    • World of Warcraft: Achievements – Noon to 12:50 p.m.

    • World of Warcraft: Guild Leaders – 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft: UI Development – 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft: Dungeons and Raids – 3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft: PvP Battlegrounds – 4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft: PvP Arenas – 5 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.

    Meeting Room 201B

    • SCII: Achievements – Noon to 12:50 p.m.

    • SCII: Map Developers – 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
    • SCII: Multiplayer and eSports – 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
    • Diablo III: Gear and Items – 3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
    • Diablo III: Gameplay and Systems – 4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.
    • Diablo III: PvP – 5 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.

Saturday, October 23:

    Meeting Room 201A

    • World of Warcraft: Leveling/Quests – 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

    • World of Warcraft: Classes – Noon to 12:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft Professions: Crafting and Gathering – 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft: Lore and Story – 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft: Role Playing – 3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft: TCG – 4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.
    • Blizzard Cinematics – 5 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.

    Meeting Room 201B

    • SCII: Race Strategy – 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

    • SCII: Lore and Story – Noon to 12:50 p.m.
    • Diablo III: Classes – 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
    • Diablo III: Lore and Story – 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
    • Warcraft I, II, III, and Expansions – 3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
    • StarCraft and Expansion – 4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.
    • Diablo I, II, and Expansions – 5 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.

Nordrassil Radio to Broadcast Live from BlizzCon 2010

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“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).

BlizzCon 2010 Gaming Convention Begins This Week

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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.

BlizzCon 2010: Michael McConnonie Autograph Schedule

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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).

BlizzCon 2010 Floormap

Blizzcon 2010 Floormap

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)

Company Booths:

    Stage A

    • Future Plus (World of Warcraft Official Magazine)

    • Antec

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    Stage B

    • Figure Prints (Awesome sauce figures of your in-game character)

    • ASUS/Intel

    • Razer (Peripherals)

    • JINX (T-shirts)

    • BradyGames (Strategy books)

    Stage C

    • NVIDIA

    • Cryptozoic Entertainment (WoW TCG Cards)

    • Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster, Inc.)

    • Blizzard Recruiting (Jobs)

    • SteelSeries (Peripherals)

    • 3 Point Press (WoW Steins)

    • Western Digital (Hard Drives)

    • Vasco (Blizzard Authenticator, security solutions)

BlizzCon 2010 Ticket Barcodes Available

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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.

Blizzard Quote:

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
2. Then visit https://www.battle.net/account/management/orders.html
3. Select the order entry containing the BlizzCon tickets purchased
4. Click on View/Edit Attendee Details button
5. Below each ticket a PRINT TICKET button is now available

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.

BlizzCon 2010: Sons of the Storm Signing Schedule

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Sons of the Storm Crew

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.

Blizzard Quote:

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!

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