BlizzCon 2013 virtual tickets now on sale

Fans can now pick up $40 tickets for two-day all-things-Blizzard event in November; purchase includes access to multi-channel HD streams.

Though physical tickets for BlizzCon 2013 are sold out, fans can now purchase virtual tickets for the all-things Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft event, Blizzard Entertainment announced today.

Available at $40 each, a virtual ticket includes access to a live high-definition stream of the event, which takes place November 8-9 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Viewers will receive access to two channels featuring developer panels, interviews, community contests, and the closing ceremony, as well as on-demand replays and DVR functionality.

Of note, video programming will be available in English only. BlizzCon 2013 will mark the seventh instalment of the event. Blizzard elected to skip a 2012 show due to a "jam-packed" release schedule.

In addition, anyone who orders a BlizzCon virtual ticket will receive exclusive in-game items for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, and HearthStone: Heroes of Warcraft. These will be detailed later.

For those who don't want to buy a virtual ticket, Blizzard will provide a free video stream of the BlizzCon 2013 opening ceremony and the event's various eSports tournaments, including the StarCraft II World Championship Series Global Finals and the World of Warcraft Arena Global Invitational.

Past BlizzCons have featured closing concerts from big-time acts like Ozzy Osbourne, Foo Fighters, The Offspring, and Tenacious D. Blizzard has not announced details for this year's musical guest, if there is one.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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55 comments
ecs33
ecs33

This really isn't so bad I guess. People shell out $60 to watch fight night on pay per view. 

DrowNoble
DrowNoble

Wasn't it last year they cancelled Blizzcon so they could focus on game development?  Uh, maybe I missed it but what exactly did we get the D3 expansion and ... ?

Hurvl
Hurvl

Hah, virtual tickets!? Man, everything is virtual or on the internet nowadays, you don't even need to physically be present at an event to experience it. That's great for people living far off, but still wanting to see what goes on there. With people secretly filming and putting it youtube as well as Blizzard's own free streaming, there really is no reason to pay to watch. People are free to waste their money on what they want, but it feels really unnecessary to pay anything for this if you're not there in person.

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

Yay. A two day convention for three games. I better book my hotel room RIGHT NOW.

Tyril132
Tyril132

Now, for the LOW, LOW price of $40, you can PAY to watch us stream advertisements that will be reported on the web 5 minutes later for FREE!


BUY NOW, SUPPLIES OF THIS VIRTUAL ITEM ARE LIMITED!

But seriously, even buying a "virtual ticket" for the swag is a losing prospect, since the value of those items is tied to their exclusivity and difficulty of procurement. The crap that goes for hundreds on e-bay does so because there are a limited number and someone had to pay for convention prices, travel, lodging, etc.

Vojtass
Vojtass

Greed is a horrible thing, Blizzard. I used to like you. I hope you will choke with these money. Now just GTFO.

aermeus
aermeus

Being a married, dual income, professional $40 isn't going to break my bank, but the fact of the matter is $40 for a two-day stream that most people will only watch bits and pieces of is way to expensive.  Maybe there are a lot of people out there that are willing to pay that price, but i think if they were to charge $20 for a virtual ticket they would have more people watching and in the end make more money.  Oh well, in the end its their choice, but ill pass and just get the news afterward.

Suaron_x
Suaron_x

$40 are you kidding me?  Not only is the price outrageous, but the fact that someone would even want to stream these two days of absolute boredom is beyond me.  Though I like playing games, any convention that doesn't involve prostitutes isn't worth my time.

realscarygary
realscarygary

This pricing almost put it right up there with Gareth Bale to Real Madrid transfer...

Hakkology
Hakkology

I thought leaving Vivendi would have a better and positive outcome for Blizzard Activision.

Hell it seems Vivendi was keeping Blizzard in check.


inspectercoley
inspectercoley

I don't mind them charging for it but $40 is insane. $10 would be about right.

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

$40 to watch the show on an extra live stream? That's mental!

Why would you want to do that? Sure you are getting some DLC for Blizzard games but that doesn't warrant the $40 price tag.

Just so that they can flog you all their BS corporate speak? It is little more than an advertisement that you pay for! No thanks.

Caldrin
Caldrin

wtf you need to pay for a video steam.. and I thought EA liked to drain people of thier money in any way possible.. i think blizzard are trying to out do EA..

puukusa
puukusa

Watching this new patch trailer made me think if there are a lot of WOW gamers who know the origins of why is all this shit happens to Azeroth

XCopperCrowX
XCopperCrowX

they'll probably make about $80 off of this venture.

DarthLod
DarthLod

Wait...people pay 40 bucks to watch video's of an event online? Talk about stupid.These are probably the same people who paid 15 bucks for maps in a game and spend hundreds of dollars on cartel coins in SWTOR. In other words, the people who are ruining gaming.

puukusa
puukusa

I'm suprised they're still doing this. They're not like EA/Ubi -- showcasing a dozen new games. What can Blizz show? Wow expansion that will come out in Q3 2015?

and 40$? it was ok, when everyone loved Blizz and WoW was the best game ever (2004-2008)

biggestnewb
biggestnewb

for $40 there better be topless strippers included around the whole place. fuck wow, fuck blizzard and i hope their next mmo titan fails horribly. i wholeheartedly hope that happens.

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

You know what Blizzard... you're just greedy. This is purely mindless marketing. You're supposed to be showing the world what you have to offer and why people should be parting with their money for your products. Not keeping your s**t secret and then trying to charge people to just get a sneak peak at it. Some companies are just taking the p*ss now.

Oh they're letting us see the starcraft tournament? Could it be because they have a load of sponsors and adverts they want people to see so they make MORE money? Items in game? Couldn't care less.

It's time people took a stand against these massive companies who just create new and more idiotic ways to part people from their money.

andrescapo_
andrescapo_

Why? Why the hell would someone pay $40 to watch a stream with news that will be on gaming sites 5 minutes after being announced? Especially when they do not have anything interesting to show.

Utahraptor_
Utahraptor_

Blizzard is going downhill. It went from being an awesome company to a good company. Nothing wrong with being good, but I had very high expectations for Starcraft 2 & Diablo 3, but was let down. After WoW, I now have mediocre to good expectations for Warcraft 4, if it ever comes out. I hope Blizzard will prove me wrong & makes an amazing Warcraft 4.


I think ever since the debut of WoW, Blizzard has been making lots of money, but, at least for me, the quality of Blizzard games has been decreasing. I feel the same about the CoD series. I know they are extremely popular & successful, but they are too repetitive for me.

aovannor
aovannor

Why view free advertising when you can pay for it!

justin01
justin01

I'd buy that for a dollar.

konokonohamaru
konokonohamaru

Blizzard is quickly becoming as disgusting to me as EA.  Sad, I used to love them.

hystavito
hystavito

$40, wow, that just sounds terrible. 

Darkangel2154
Darkangel2154

I hope no one buys this dam bullshit! To basically charge $40 for in game items for games only the weak still play. Bliztards should know not to charge people for info on what they have planned for the future of their company lol. Would anyone buy tickets from me? I would tell them what I have in store for them.

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

Did I misread this or is this paying for access online without actually attending the show? Checks wallet I have $40 pizza night on me everyone.

LinkofHyrule991
LinkofHyrule991

@DrowNoble We'll see at this Blizzcon what they've been working on, presumably the next WoW and SC2 expansions, and overhauling their work on Titan

yourdem1ze
yourdem1ze

@Hurvl Going to events are a big difference from watching it from home at your computer tho. Speaking from experience. And if you are passionate about Blizzard games I don't see a reason to as why not you should buy a virtual ticket + you get free loot for WoW,D3,SC and Heartstone as a bonus.

BrutalPandaX2
BrutalPandaX2

@aermeus If it was $20, they would have to spend more money to hold the stream steady in HD. $40 price is to filter out as much people as they can but still make money off it.

_el_Greco_
_el_Greco_

@Suaron_x I was with you there until you mentioned the prostitutes...  That's a bit of an awkward thing to mention, don't you think?

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

@Caldrin 

Who would have believed that anyone would want to do that, let alone try it? lol

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

Couldn't edit and steamy potatoes on the side amazing he still has a smile on his face.

DrowNoble
DrowNoble

@LinkofHyrule991 @DrowNoble Titan gets my vote for Vaporware of the year, if not decade.  It was what 2007 when they announced they were working on a non-WoW mmo?  That's 6 years and running, even SWTOR didn't take that long to develop with all the voice overs.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@yourdem1ze @Hurvl Passionate, yeah, that's the right word! I guess I'm not passionate enough then, when I look at what I will get with a virtual ticket compared with what it costs. They're gonna do a free stream anyway and the bits they don't stream for free I think you can either live without, read about afterwards or watch on youtube or other place. I get that fans might want to see it all when it's live and support their favorite company and all that, but to me it simply seems like paying too much without getting enough back.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Sydrum @realscarygary On the Internet, you rarely see some go underboard, so it is to be expected that people often go overboard. They're gonna do a free stream anyway, so why bother with paying. The things they don't stream for free will reach us through the news anyway. I also bet there will be some people filming the non-free streaming and putting it on youtube or whatever.

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

Pizza party canceled too many people showed up but I still have $40.

DrowNoble
DrowNoble

@ecs33 @DrowNoble @LinkofHyrule991 Well my point was it has been in "development" for longer than any other mmo made to date and we haven't even seen concept art for it.  All Blizzard has officially said is that it isn't related to Warcraft in any way.  My guess would be a Starcraft MMO since "titan" is a unit in SC.

ecs33
ecs33

@DrowNoble @LinkofHyrule991 I think Titan is meant to be a very long term thing. We probably won't see the beginning of it until the last WOW expansion. I hope the length of time is used to develop something that isn't just a WOW clone. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Sydrum @Hurvl @realscarygary Perhaps he was joking, making an exaggerated statement to showcase how bizarre it is to pay 40 bucks for this. Satire often uses exaggeration. He could be serious, though, because this is the internet after all.

Sydrum
Sydrum

@Hurvl @Sydrum @realscarygary hehe don't get me wrong, I pity the fool who'd pay 40 bucks for something as trivial as an HD online stream of Blizzcon, but bear in mind that Real Madrid paid 99.5M Euros for Bale. I mean that'a lot of overstatement even for an internet. 

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

@RicanV indeed, don't play wow but curious to what the SC II and D3 goodies are, although i'm a little disappointed there is no bundled hearthstone beta key, only way they are getting me back into the warcraft universe, failing that warcraft 4.