BlizzCon 2011 tickets on sale: May 21 + 25

Blizzard have just announced that tickets for this year’s BlizzCon gaming convention – the sixth – will go on sale in two batches in May. If you want to attend this celebration of all things Blizzard – that is, StarCraft, Diablo, Warcraft and WoW, mark your calendars for Saturday May 21, with a second-chance opportunity on Wednesday, May 25.

If you’d like to be a little more swanky, there’s also a limited number of tickets for a pre-BlizzCon charity dinner to be held the night before the convention. Tickets go on sale on May 28th, and proceeds will benefit the Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

BlizzCon

It's coming...

Standard-entry tickets to the convention will set you back US$175, and will be available from the official BlizzCon website (that’s [surl=http://www.blizzcon.com]www.blizzcon.com[/surl]). Point your browser in that direction on Saturday May 21 at 10am Pacific time – and if you miss out, try again on Wednesday May 25th at 7pm Pacific.

Tickets for Thursday night’s Benefit Dinner are priced at US$500 each, and are limited to just 200 opportunities. Guests will be able to “rub elbows and trade war stories” with Blizzard developers and other employees before the event kicks off on Friday. Grab your tickets on Saturday May 28th at 10am Pacific, again through [surl=http://www.blizzcon.com]www.blizzcon.com[/surl].

The convention itself is described as “a valid reason to skip work on a Friday”. BlizzCon 2011 will be held in the Anaheim Convention Center on October 21 and 22. If you can’t make it to California, sit back and relax in the comfort of your own home – the company is once again offering the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, offering comprehensive live coverage of the event on DIRECTV (in the United States) as well as streaming online.

Mike Morhaime – Blizzard CEO and co-founder – is looking forward to the event, as always:

“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.

“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 the usual “array of activities” we experience every year (discussion panels, hands-on playtime, tournaments, contests and the like), we’re told that 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.”

Red Shirt Guy

...will he be back?

The Virtual Ticket will grant gamers access to some pretty encompassing live HD coverage from the show floor, for both days of the convention. Not only will all the big panels be covered, but broadcasts also include exclusive interviews and demos of the games on show. Pricing will vary by region, but U.S. customers can expect to pay US$39.99 for pay-per-view DIRECTV access as well as the multichannel internet stream. (Limited streaming coverage of the BlizzCon opening ceremony and “certain” tournaments will also be available online for free.)

Whether you attend the event virtually or in the flesh, you will receive BlizzCon-exclusive World of Warcraft and StarCraft II in-game items – which will be revealed at a later date.

There’s still a few months left before October, and plenty more details yet to be revealed – so stay tuned to playerattack for all your BlizzCon 2011 news and updates!

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