In case you somehow missed the giant stars you’d drawn on your calendar, BlizzCon 2010 tickets go on sale today – in about ten minutes!
The first round of tickets to the October event will be made available at 7pm Pacific time, with some more offered on Saturday at 10am Pacific. Tickets from both batches will be sold for US$150.00 each.
If this is something that dings your excitement, Blizzard would like you to review the official press release for further details, and make sure your browser is pointed towards the online store (http://us.blizzard.com/store/index.xml) with your clickin’ finger ready. Remember last year’s tickets sold out nearly before they went on sale, so you’d better be prepared!
The good people at your favourite developer would also like to offer the following tips, to try to make everything go as smoothly as possible.
Make Sure Your Battle.net Account is Set Up Properly
Setting up a Battle.net account is quick and easy, but if you wait until after BlizzCon 2010 tickets go on sale to create yours it might be too late. Tickets can sell out quickly, so please set up your Battle.net account as soon as possible—and be sure to verify your contact and billing information ahead of time!
Contact Your Financial Institution
Before you attempt to purchase a BlizzCon 2010 ticket, we strongly recommend that you contact your financial institution to discuss any possible restrictions that may prevent your purchase. While your financial institution may be accustomed to seeing monthly $14.99 USD charges by Blizzard Entertainment, larger charges in excess of $150.00 USD may be restricted if not expected. It’s important that these issues be addressed ahead of time, as you will only have 15 minutes to finalize your BlizzCon 2010 ticket transaction after reaching checkout.
Prepare a Back-Up Payment Method
In the event that your primary payment method cannot be authorized, it can be extremely helpful to have a back-up payment method on hand. If you elect to prepare a back-up payment method, we also recommend that you contact its sponsoring financial institution in addition to that of your primary payment method prior to starting your purchase.
Check Your Browser Settings
To properly progress in our Blizzard Store queue, your browser must be set up to allow cookies. If your browser is not set up to allow and automatically refresh cookies, you will be unable to move forward in the queue and may even lose your place within it. Because of this, we strongly encourage you to check your browser settings to verify that cookies are enabled before you begin your BlizzCon 2010 ticket purchase.
Confirm Your Purchase
If your BlizzCon 2010 ticket purchase is successful, you will receive a confirmation receipt. This receipt will be sent to the email address registered to the purchasing Battle.net account. If you do not receive a receipt, please check your Spam and Junk email folders and then confirm your purchase by checking your Order History on the Blizzard Store.
If you need a hand making sure that your browser is accepting cookies, please check out the following pages:
Internet Explorer: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/196955
…and please make sure you don’t have any pesky add-ons that may be restricting things!
After all that, if you still have questions, or encounter any issues during your actual purchase, you’re advised to pay a visit to the Customer Service forum. If you’re just excited about the event and the fact you snagged tickets (or didn’t snag ’em), then the BlizzCon Discussion Forum is for you.
So – are you going? Got yourself ready? Planned your cosplay already?
UPDATE: First allotment of Blizzcon Tickets sold out in less than 1 minute!
The initial allotment of tickets for BlizzCon 2010 has now been sold out. If you weren’t able to get tickets this time, you’ll have another chance on Saturday, June 5 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time.