BlizzCon is an annually occurring gaming convention. Its main goal is to promote new updates and future releases from Blizzard Entertainment. Most of the programs, panels and demonstrations are focused on their flagship titles: Diablo, World of Warcraft, and Starcraft, all of which are insanely popular among gamers all over the world.
The convention was launched in 2005 at the Anaheim Convention Center and has continued to be held there to this day. At its debut, the ticket cost was $125 to attend both days. At $200 per pass, this year’s ticket costs are the highest prices of any of their previous conventions.
Having the Blizzcon date set in early November makes for great weather during attendance.BlizzCon 2014 is set to occur in November and tickets will be on sale in May for $200. They will also be selling tickets to a benefit dinner that will occur the night before the official convention. The dinner is for a children’s hospital and the tickets for this pre-convention event will cost $750 a pop. So whether attendees are new or regulars of the convention, BlizzCon 2014 will certainly be a test of patience and careful financial planning.
Those who purchase these very limited tickets will be able to mingle with developers, artists and other Blizzard employees and enjoy lots of food and drink. The proceeds from these 200 tickets will be donated to the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. The benefit tickets will go on sale at seven o’clock on the evening of May 14 and will cost $750 plus tax. Ticket prices entitle attendees to an exclusive “swag bag” with a number of unique Blizzard related paraphernalia such as in-game redeemable codes and collectible figures. In addition to the types of tickets mentioned above, Blizzard will also be selling virtual tickets for those who wish to view the convention’s panels, competitions and other events from the comfort of their homes.
When it comes to the events, BlizzCon 2014 will not disappoint. Attendees will have the opportunity to play the latest versions of Blizzard’s hottest games as well as new games that have yet to be released. Gamers who love to relish in competition will have fun taking part in casual tournaments against other players to see who is the best at BlizzCon. For instance, the Blizzard eSports Global Finals for StarCraft II provides a lot of entertainment for those who are watching and those who are participating. There will also be many chances to win some amazing prizes in the community contests. Plus there are a number of panels to attend for those who would like to hone their skills in game design, game art and a number of other fields as well.
One thing is for sure. Once BlizzCon 2014 comes to Anaheim, the Disneyland resort will not be getting as much attention as usual. The same way when any convention comes to any given city, tourist and locals’ attention will be drawn to the lights at the Anaheim Convention Center, the costumed fans and the huge crowd of attendees who are there to see the earlier mentioned attractions. With all the events that are scheduled for attendees to enjoy while they are there, it can easily be said that this convention will be something that should not be missed if you are a world of Warcraft, Starcraft or Diablo player or fan.
By Mike White