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BlizzCon 2011: Sons of the Storm Signing Schedule

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in BlizzCon 2011, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

The Sons of the Storm will be signing Blizzard merchandise on Saturday, October 21 at BlizzCon 2001. Their website has been updated with recent artwork including the full face of King Varian Wrynn used as the World of Warcraft: Wolfheart front cover, the Thrall, Guardian of the Elements WoW TCG card, and the Diablo III Wizard artwork shown often as a poster in the background of interviews.

We’re shy of a month away from the sixth BlizzCon in history. And once again, the Sons of the Storm will be there in full force! We will have a one-hour signing session on the second day of BlizzCon:

Saturday, 10AM to 11AM at the developer signing area

So if you would like to meet and greet…or get your sign on and your whine on (be warned Red Shirts!), then mark the date and be there on the dot. Lines tend to get crazy! Remember to double-check the signing schedule for any changes.

Also, be sure to swing by the Artists’ Stage where, among others, Samwise, Raneman and Red Knuckle will showcase their skills for all to see. Next to live sketching and painting demos, a whole army of Blizzard’s top 3D wizards and cinematic masters will give crash courses in modeling, texturing and making magic happen.

This will be a BlizzCon to remember!

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BlizzCon Store Online Pre-Sale for Attendees Begins Today

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, BlizzCon 2011, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Blizzard Entertainment has announced the virtual pre-sale of BlizzCon 2011 merchandise. Those who purchased a BlizzCon 2011 ticket can now purchase BlizzCon merchandise online. Don’t waste time and go buy. Remember there are long queues.

Have a ticket to BlizzCon 2011? Planning to purchase some souvenirs at the show? Between now and Tuesday, September 20 at 9:59 a.m. Pacific time, BlizzCon 2011 ticket holders attending the show in person are able to shop for items from the BlizzCon 2011 store (while supplies last) during our limited-time-only, online BlizzCon Pre-Sale. Items purchased through this sale will be shipped directly to your home, allowing you to avoid store lines at the show and giving you more time to take in the panels, tournaments, and other events at BlizzCon 2011.

To participate, simply log in to the online Blizzard Store using the Battle.net account you provided when you purchased your BlizzCon 2011 tickets, and click the BlizzCon Sale button in the lower right-hand corner of your screen to browse this year’s selection. Please note that only ticket-holders who provided Battle.net account info will have access to BlizzCon 2011 merchandise during this online sale — you can view this information in the ticket buyer’s Order History.

Shop BlizzCon now!

If you’re planning to purchase this year’s BlizzCon Virtual Ticket to watch BlizzCon from home, you’ll have an opportunity to participate in a second BlizzCon merchandise pre-sale September 23 through September 27. Check out our previous BlizzCon Pre-Sale blog post for more information.

Enjoy, and we look forward to seeing you at BlizzCon 2011!

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BlizzCon 2011 Tickets Sweepstake by WoW Visa No Purchase Necessary

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in BlizzCon 2011, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Blizzard Entertainment announced the World of Warcraft Visa: Get BlizzCon Tickets Giveaway. Only USA Residents. No purchase is necessary to participate.

The Prize is two BlizzCon 2011 tickets and an eye-popping $2,000 in Visa Gift Cards. The Sweepstakes ends on September 15th.

Hurry up and check out the giveaway page.

Note: What the …? Did they just match the exact Blizzplanet background color for the sweepstakes page? Coincidence? O_o

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BlizzCon 2011: World of Warcraft Pet Murkablo

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in BlizzCon 2011, World of Warcraft News

Blizzard Entertainment presents the BlizzCon 2011 exclusive World of Warcraft Pet: Murkablo. Not coming to BlizzCon? You can still get this pet by ordering the Online Live Stream or the DirecTV pay-per-view.

BlizzCon 2011 World of Warcraft Pet: Meet Murkablo

An ill omen streaks across the sky over Azeroth’s Great Sea, heralding the arrival of this year’s BlizzCon-exclusive World of Warcraft in-game companion: the fearsome-ish Murkablo, aquatic protégé of Diablo III’s eponymous Lord of Terror! Anyone who attends BlizzCon 2011 or purchases this year’s BlizzCon Virtual Ticket will receive a Murkablo to call their own, along with a yet-to-be-revealed StarCraft II in-game gift.

BlizzCon 2011 takes place on October 21 and 22 at the Anaheim Convention Center. If you order the Virtual Ticket Internet stream online through Battle.net, Murkablo and the StarCraft II gift will be automatically attached to the Battle.net account you use to make your purchase shortly after BlizzCon begins. DIRECTV customers who order the BlizzCon Pay Per View event will receive a code granting access to the Internet stream and the in-game gifts via email.

For further details or to order the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, check out the Virtual Ticket web page.

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BlizzCon 2011 Virtual Ticket Now On Sale

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in BlizzCon 2011, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Blizzard Entertainment announced BlizzCon 2011 Virtual Ticket is now on sale for $39.99. Unable to attend BlizzCon? Buy the Virtual Ticket to watch the livestream over the internet giving you access to several panels and tournaments. You can also get Pay-Per-View on TV.

Want to experience the panel discussions, tournaments, game-related announcements, and all the excitement of BlizzCon 2011 from the comfort of your own home? Then be sure to check out the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket!

The BlizzCon 2011 Virtual Ticket is now available for purchase around the world for $39.99 USD (pricing may vary by region). Virtual Ticket coverage will be available as a multi-channel Internet stream and also via Pay-per-View on DIRECTV in the United States, granting viewers a front-row seat to all of the action on the show floor including exclusive interviews, demos, and more!

DIRECTV customers who order the Pay-per-View event will receive the multi-channel Internet stream at no extra charge, and those who order the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket will also receive this year’s to-be-announced BlizzCon-exclusive World of Warcraft and StarCraft II in-game items.

Don’t miss out! To learn more about the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, head on over to our official BlizzCon 2011 Live Stream page.

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BlizzCon 2011 Contests Registration Now Open

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in BlizzCon 2011, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

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Blizzard Entertainment the registration to participate in all the contests to be held at BlizzCon 2011 is now open. Sign up for a chance at winning your favorite contest onstage. Spread the word and tell your family or friends.

The wait is over for those eager to share their stunning sketches, masterful machinimas and amazing arias for a chance at glory in this year’s BlizzCon contests. Head over to our Contest pages to submit your entry, and learn what kind of sweet loot you can win. Any questions should be directed to BlizzConContest@Blizzard.com.

Don’t delay! The deadline for each contest is August 29.

Good luck to all of our contestants!

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BlizzCon 2011 Tickets Batch 2 On May 24

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in BlizzCon 2011, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

The second batch of BlizzCon Tickets will be on sale on Wednesday, May 24 at 7:00pm (Pacific) / 10:00pm (New York). The ticket price is $175, but with the tax it goes up to $190 each. There is a limit of 4 tickets per account.

Make sure to login into your battle.net account twenty minutes prior to the sale, and start reloading the BlizzCon Tickets sale page.

Remember, if you don’t get into the queue within the first 30 seconds, chances are you won’t get a ticket.

There will be a third batch of BlizzCon Tickets, but that one will be for the exclusive BlizzCon Dinner with the developers and executives at a cost of $500 per ticket. Money will be donated by Blizzard to the Orange County Children’s Hospital. The BlizzCon Dinner tickets will be on sale Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m. (Pacific Time) / 1:00pm (New York).

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BlizzCon 2011 Batch 1 Tickets Sold Out

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in BlizzCon 2011, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

The BlizzCon 2011 Tickets became available for purchase today Saturday, May 21 at 10am PDT (1pm New York, -5GMT). Within mere seconds, I loaded the sale page just for observation sake, and got welcomed with a 12256 queue, Estimated time: 1 hour, and a live bar displaying 86% of BlizzCon Tickets stock left.

Some of those gamers who actually got a ticket discovered the $175 BlizzCon Ticket has a state tax which actually put the total up to $190.

BlizzCon has been a massive event for informative panels, community interaction, hands-on preview and gameplay of upcoming games and expansions, and let’s not forget a surprise concert at the end of the BlizzCon schedule. It’s hard to complain paying an extra 15 bucks for tax or the overall cost of attending BlizzCon when the experience and thrill makes up for it.

Everyone has their own opinion or point of view, regardless.

The next batch of BlizzCon tickets will be available on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. (Pacific Time). The BlizzCon Dinner Tickets ($500 value) will be on sale Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m. (Pacific Time).

Below are three images of the BlizzCon Ticket Sale page when it became available for orders:

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BlizzCon 2011 Tickets Batch 1 Sales on May 21

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in BlizzCon 2011, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Blizzard Entertainment will sell BlizzCon 2011 Tickets on Saturday, May 21 at 10:00 am PDT (Pacific Time). Tickets are priced at $175. Make sure to load the page and get ready to reload the Tickets Sales Page, and act quickly because previous Blizzcons over 25,000 tickets were sold out within 30 seconds or less.

Mike Morhaime said last year if gamers didn’t queue in within 30 seconds they didn’t get a ticket.

If you aren’t lucky in securing a BlizzCon Ticket, don’t worry. Blizzard will sell another batch of BlizzCon tickets [listen well] on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. (Pacific Time).

A third opportunity to get BlizzCon Tickets will come up on Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m. (Pacific Time), however, at a price of $500 for the exclusive pre-BlizzCon dinner to benefit Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Good for those wishing to donate to a non-profit cause, while having fun going to BlizzCon and meeting developers and executives at the dinner event.

There’s still a fourth way to get a BlizzCon ticket. However, these are free tickets. How? As always, Blizzard Entertainment provides tickets to select fansites and websites to giveaway. So keep your eyes open, and visit Blizzplanet for flash news details.

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2011 BlizzCon Tickets Sales Date Announced

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Blizzard Entertainment announced BlizzCon tickets will be on sale for $175 USD on Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. PDT, and Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. PDT.

The Benefit Dinner Tickets will go on sale on May 28 at 10 a.m PDT for $500 USD (including Blizzcon admission). The Benefit Dinner Tickets will allow fans to meet Blizzard developers and executives.

BlizzCon Virtual Tickets and DIRECTV Pay-per-View will be available for $39.99 USD, but the purchase date will be announced at a later time.

For further details visit the official BlizzCon website.

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Exclusive coverage of Blizzard Entertainment’s epic two-day gaming festival also available through multichannel Internet stream and DIRECTV

IRVINE, Calif. –(BUSINESS WIRE)– Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that tickets for its sixth BlizzCon® gaming convention will go on sale in two batches on Saturday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 25 . In addition, a limited number of tickets to an exclusive pre-BlizzCon dinner to benefit Children’s Hospital of Orange County will go on sale Saturday, May 28 .

BlizzCon is a celebration of the global communities surrounding Blizzard’s Warcraft®, Diablo®, and StarCraft® game universes. The event once again offers players a valid reason to skip work on a Friday when it returns to the Anaheim Convention Center this year on October 21 and 22. Gamers around the world will also have the option to enjoy BlizzCon from the comfort of their own home by ordering a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, which offers comprehensive live coverage of the event streaming online and also on DIRECTV in the United States .

“We love being able to meet directly with our players, and since BlizzCon is one of the rare opportunities we get to do that, we always pack as much information and entertainment as we can into the show,” said Mike Morhaime , CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment . “This year will be no different — whether you’re with us in Anaheim or joining from home, be prepared for two days of Blizzard gaming and good times with the most passionate community in the world.”

In addition to serving as a mutual stomping ground for the different Blizzard communities, BlizzCon will feature an array of activities, including discussion panels, hands-on playtime with current and upcoming Blizzard Entertainment games, professional and casual tournaments, contests, and much more. Blizzard is looking forward to learning more about its own games from Red Shirt Guy if he can make it to the show again this year.

Tickets to the convention will be priced at $175 USD each and will be available for purchase from the official BlizzCon website (www.blizzcon.com) in two separate batches on Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. Pacific time and Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. Pacific time .

Tickets to the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner, which include admission to BlizzCon, will be priced at $500 USD each, with proceeds going to Children’s Hospital of Orange County . Taking place the evening of Thursday, October 20 , this exclusive event offers guests an opportunity to rub elbows and trade war stories with Blizzard game developers and other employees before the show. Approximately 200 tickets to the benefit dinner will be available for purchase beginning Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m. Pacific time through www.blizzcon.com.

Gamers around the world will also have the option to purchase a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket priced at $39.99 USD (pricing may vary by region). The Virtual Ticket grants access to comprehensive live HD coverage from the show floor on each day of the convention, including exclusive interviews, demos, and more. Virtual Ticket coverage will be available to viewers globally as a multichannel Internet stream and also via Pay-per-View on DIRECTV in the United States . DIRECTV customers who order the televised event will receive the multichannel Internet stream at no extra charge, allowing them to watch in the format of their choice. Those who order the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket will also receive this year’s BlizzCon-exclusive World of Warcraft® and StarCraft II in-game items (availability may vary by region), to be revealed at a later date. Limited streaming coverage of the BlizzCon opening ceremony and certain BlizzCon tournaments will be available via the Internet for free.

As BlizzCon draws closer, further details about the show, including ordering and programming information for the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, will be announced at www.blizzcon.com.

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.

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New Blizzard Game @ BlizzCon 2011?

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in BlizzCon 2011, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

In past years, Blizzard has rented the Anaheim Convention Center to celebrate their massive convention dubbed BlizzCon. It has been celebrated in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and now 2011.

Blizzard Entertainment announced StarCraft II at the 2007 Blizzard Worldwide Invitationals (Seoul), and few months later showcased some StarCraft II panels at BlizzCon 2007. In 2008, Some additional space was rented to fit World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, Diablo III (fourth class: Wizard), and StarCraft II panels and features. (Hall A, B, C, D, & Meeting Rooms)

In 2009, the fourth Diablo III class was announced: the Monk. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm was announced. StarCraft II demo was playable again.

In 2010, Blizzard had World of Warcraft: Cataclysm demo stations, Diablo III (fifth class: Demon Hunter), and StarCraft II panels.

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This year, however, strange things are happening. According to the Anaheim Convention Center, Blizzard has acquired the entire facility.

Ok …

The Entire Facility … now, why did the Anaheim Convention Center describe 2011 BlizzCon as having the “Entire Facility” rather than the usual [Halls A, B, C, D, & Meeting Rooms] description shown in previous years? Take a look at the Floor Map to see exactly what “Entire Facility” might suggest (i.e. areas Blizzard hasn’t used in the past). One space Blizzard has never used is the Arena to the east of the building and Hall E. The coloring scheme in the floor map describes the Arena as Exhibit space along with Halls A, B, C, and D.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’d be the first to say “You are looking too much into it!”, or the center’s staff made a mistake. Regardless, this makes room to start some speculation mill rolling.

“What if Blizzard is preparing to make a new game announcement at BlizzCon 2011?”

They might be announcing the next World of Warcraft expansion (considering it takes nigh two years to go live), StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Diablo III Beta demo, and a brand-new game announcement. Is that too far-fetched? Maybe. Maybe not.

Could it be the Next-Gen MMO? StarCraft: Ghost? WarCraft IV? A new IP?

Note: Blizzard Entertainment has been hiring new developers the past three years for a Next-Gen MMO (careers page).

For the past three years, Rob Pardo has mentioned StarCraft: Ghost will resume development at some point in the future. StarCraft: Ghost development was postponed on March 24, 2006 with a press release notifying Blizzard would explore the possibility of resuming development of StarCraft: Ghost on Next-Gen Console platforms.

Jay Wilson once said to MTV that Diablo III would wrap up the three brothers storyline. There are plans for more Diablo universe beyond Diablo III. Diablo IV? Diablo III expansions? Or … World of Sanctuary MMO? For the naysayers, WarCraft III and World of Warcraft were in development simultaneously. Hold that thought. Now embrace it with a new light. W.o.r.l.d. of S.a.n.c.t.u.a.r.y. Has a nice tone to it.

Warcraft IV was debunked by Greg Street (Ghostcrawler) on December 2010 during an interview by Gamespot. However, StarCraft II was debunked several times since 2003, yet it was revealed it started development shortly after Warcraft III: Frozen Throne shipped (in July 1, 2003).

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