Blizzcon 2010 will start in a few hours, but you still have the chance to order the Virtual Ticket to watch 50 hours worth of HD video with 4 channels covering several panels, contests, and tournaments — including the closing concert by Tenacious D.
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||Hey, have you heard? BlizzCon 2010 begins tomorrow! You’ll be able to watch the opening ceremony and the action on the World of Warcraft and RTS tournament stages streaming for free at http://blizzcon.rayv.com.
The opening ceremony is scheduled to begin on Friday at 11 a.m. Pacific, and tournaments run throughout both days of the show — check out the BlizzCon schedule for details.
If you’re interested in watching these in high def and accessing over 50 hours of BlizzCon coverage, including developer panels, the costume contest, the closing concert with Tenacious D, and more, you can still purchase a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, which also includes this year’s World of Warcraft pet and StarCraft II in-game items.
We’ll also be updating BlizzCon.com, our Twitter feeds, and our Facebook pages with news, photos, and more from the show, so we’ve got you covered pretty much anywhere you go.
See you at BlizzCon!
Blizzplanet staff members: Miaari, Eldorian and Omacron are in California, or on their way there to report from BlizzCon 2010 with live feeds.
The Blizzcon panel Q&As allow us the chance to ask questions on behalf of our visitors. We are gathering your questions for Starcraft II, Diablo III, and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm developers. At the top left you can see the Login and Register links to post in the comments, or you can email me at mdragon [a t] blizzplanet.com or eldorian [a t] blizzplanet.com with the subject: Blizzcon WoW or Blizzcon SC2 or Blizzcon D3.
The earlier you send your questions the better. However, we will try to gather “on-the-Go” questions during the panels. Let’s say you are watching the live stream or DIRECTV and come up with a good question based on what they are saying live — hurry up and shoot an email to us, and if we catch it in time for the Q&A, we will ask on your behalf.
Omacron is also taking questions for Christie Golden about World of Warcraft: The Shattering.
Visit Blizzplanet several times through Friday Oct 22 and Saturday Oct 23 for juicy updates. Use the Blizzplanet RSS, twitter or Facebook icons located at the top-right to keep in touch if you are AFK.
Eldorian will make live twitter updates on the front page of Blizzplanet from the Blizzcon panels via a cool twitter addon.
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
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.
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||“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.
BlizzCon Non-Attendees may watch the entire tournament by purchasing the online BlizzCon 2010 Tournament stream or the DIRECTV.
Blizzard revealed the BlizzChat schedule to be held at BlizzCon 2010.
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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.
“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).