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Blizzcon 2013

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Blizzcon 2013 was formally announced on 19th February 2013. [1] It will be held on Friday November 8th and Saturday November 9th at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.


The plan to hold a Blizzcon in 2013 was first revealed at a press conference with CEO Mike Morhaime at BWC in Shanghai on 18th November 2012. When speaking about the future of eSports in Blizzard games Mike said: [2]


We are, next year, planning to have our global finals at Blizzcon...


[edit] Tickets

Tickets went on sale on Wednesday 24th April and Saturday 27th April through the official Blizzcon website costing $175 each. There was also a limited number of tickets available to an exclusive pre-Blizzcon Benefit Dinner which could be purchased on May 1st costing $500 each (included entrance to Blizzcon).[3]


Tickets sold out fashionably quickly.[4]


Virtual tickets will be available enabling people to watch live broadcasts online. Details of those will be released closer to the event.


[edit] Events

At the time of the press release broad details of planned events were:

  • Hands-on play time with the latest versions of Blizzard Entertainment games
  • Global finals for Blizzard eSports, featuring top pro gamers from around the world
  • 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 (such as costume contest)
  • Commemorative merchandise based on Blizzard Entertainment’s game universes


As of Gamescom 2013 when Reaper of Souls was announced it was confirmed that a playable demo of the Diablo 3 expansion will be available at Blizzcon 2013.


[edit] Pre-show Contests

Blizzard held two pre-show contests, winners and honourable mentions to be shown at the event.[5] An Original Art Contest and Movie Contest. Both were open from 7th June to 23rd August.



[edit] Band

Pop band Blink-182 were confirmed as the act to play out the exposition on Saturday 9th November.[6]


[edit] References

  1. Blizzcon 2013 Press Release - Blizzard Entertainment, 19/02/13
  2. Blizzcon 2013 confirmed - BWC Shanghai, 18/11/2012
  3. Blizzcon tickets go on sale - Blizzard Entertainment, 04/04/13
  4. Blizzcon tickets sold out - Blizzard Entertainment, 27/04/13
  5. Blizzcon Pre-show Contests - Blizzard Entertainment, 23/06/13
  6. Blink-182 to play Blizzcon - Blizzard Entertainment, 31/10/13