BlizzCon 2014 is happening. The somewhat-annual celebration of all things Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo is descending upon us on November 7-8 this year, once again at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.
For an idea of what happened at last year‘s event, check out the Player Attack BlizzCon 2013 special, packed with content including interviews with the teams behind new World of Warcraft expansion Warlords of Draenor, Diablo III and expansion Reaper of Souls on both PC and PS4, online battle arena Heroes of the Storm and card game Hearthstone. We also caught up with Blizzard co-founder Frank Pearce to discuss some of his favourite BlizzCon moments.
This year, Terrans, nephalem, Alliance and Horde alike are all invited to attend – with company CEO and co-founder Mike Morhaime suggesting something Big may be on show:
BlizzCon is always the biggest highlight of the year for us. With Hearthstone and Reaper of Souls recently launched and Heroes of the Storm and Warlords of Draenor gearing up for beta, 2014 is already shaping up to be an epic year for Blizzard gamers. We can’t wait to celebrate and share what we’ve been working on with everyone this November.
- Hands-on play time with the latest versions of Blizzard Entertainment games
- Global finals for Blizzard eSports, including the StarCraft II World Championship Series Global Finals
- In-depth discussion panels with Blizzard game developers and artists
- Competitive and casual tournaments for players to showcase their talents
- Community contests with great prizes
- Commemorative merchandise based on Blizzard Entertainment’s game universes
- Plus more activities and attractions to be announced
Tickets for this year’s extravaganza will set you back US$199 (plus fees and taxes). As usual, they will be put on sale in two batches. Mark your calendars: Wednesday May 7th at 7pm Pacific (What’s that in my timezone?) and Saturday May 10th at 10am Pacific (What’s that in my timezone?). All tickets will be sold via BlizzCon2014.Eventbrite.com, and you’re advised to browse the website beforehand so you’re familiar with the procedure.
Meanwhile: If you’d prefer something a little different, there’s also an exclusive, pre-BlizzCon charity dinner for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County held on the evening of November 6th. Tickets for that are priced at US$750, and include admission to BlizzCon – but the main draw is the opportunity to “/eat, /drink and geek out” with developers, artists and other Blizzard staff, all while raising money to support the local hospital’s Feeding Therapy Program.
But wait! There’s more!
If you can’t get to Southern California (or you’ve missed out on a ticket), there’s still another option:
Gamers from the far reaches of Azeroth, the Koprulu sector, and Sanctuary looking to enjoy BlizzCon from the comfort of their own home will once again have the option to order a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, offering comprehensive live coverage of the event via a multichannel Internet stream.
We will have more details – including pricing – for the Virtual Ticket shortly.
Want to know more? Point your browser towards BlizzCon.com and you’ll have more than enough to keep you busy, including details on local hotel discounts.