2011 BlizzCon Tickets Sales Date Announced

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.

BlizzCon(R) 2011 Tickets on Sale May 21 and May 25

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.

New Blizzard Game @ BlizzCon 2011?

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.

Blizzcon 2010 Floormap

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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