Blizzard auctions part of World of Warcraft history

Ever wanted to own a piece of MMO history? Now you can - and feel charitable at the same time.

Blizzard has rounded up some old hardware - specifically, a handful of server blades used in the early days of World of Warcraft - and is auctioning them off for charity.

Blizzard Charity Auction - Server Blade

This is what all the fuss is about.

These are the original blades - Hewlett Packard ProLiant, in case you were curious - which housed 500 different WoW realms, across North America and Europe. At the time, they were the height of technology, but times change and following an infrastructure upgrade or two, these blades are now obsolete. Rather than being consigned to the scrap heap, these "honorably discharged" server blades are one-of-a-kind collector's pieces.

Net proceeds will go to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, one of the world's premier centres for the treatment (and research!) of childhood cancer and other serious diseases affecting young people.

For your donation, you'll get a custom-built windowed case (complete with the game's logo), and a commemorative plaque signed by the WoW development team. And a warm fuzzy feeling, of course.

Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime explains the unusual sale:

World of Warcraft realms are like the virtual neighborhoods of the game's community - they contain the spaces where millions of players have made friendships, forged friendly rivalries, and created lasting memories.

Each winner in this auction will own a small monument to those collective experiences. The best part is that this auction benefits a great charity doing tremendous work in helping children from the US and around the world.

The blades will be auctioned off on eBay in batches over the next four weeks, starting on Monday October 17th. If you're after a blade belonging to a particular realm, it's worth checking out the auction page, which outlines what will be on sale when. Blizzard has set up a handy FAQ to deal with common queries, including the all-important "What is a server blade?"

Blizzard Charity Auction - Server Blade

Look at all of that technology!

Good luck, bidders - we've seen these at previous BlizzCon events, as part of the silent auction - so we know they're in demand and could end up commanding quite a hefty pricetag. It's a piece of history, man!

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4 Responses to “Blizzard auctions part of World of Warcraft history”

  1. [...] Blizzard auctions part of World of Warcraft history « GamePron Comments [...]

  2. lol says:

    Sell garbage to idiot fans, donate their money, make a big fuzz about your generosity, idiots start to love your for your kindness and start or keep buying your garbage.

    • DotDotDot says:

      Don’t be a douche. It’ll come back and bite you in the ass when you have a child born with an incurable illness that could of been helped if only they had received more money to fund research, say from a charitable auction like this one. Your kids is gonna be dying and your gonna feel hopeless because karma is a bitch. So grow up.

  3. [...] when Blizzard asked if you wanted to own a piece of MMO history? In October 2011, the company decided to auction off a handful of retired World of Warcraft server [...]

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