Ozzy Osbourne headlining BlizzCon 2009

Ozzy Osbourne earned his reputation as the Prince of Darkness as the frontman for heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath, but the rock icon has solidified that title by way of a string of reality TV shows and shameless marketing promotions. Namely, in the lead up to last November's release of World of...

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Ozzy Osbourne earned his reputation as the Prince of Darkness as the frontman for heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath, but the rock icon has solidified that title by way of a string of reality TV shows and shameless marketing promotions. Namely, in the lead up to last November's release of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, Ozzy appeared in a 30-second spot in which his in-game representation challenges the Lich King, and is promptly consumed in baleful fire.

As it would turn out, that commercial won't be the end of Ozzy's collaboration with Blizzard Entertainment. The Irvine, California-based developer said today that Ozzy Osbourne will headline the closing ceremony of this year's BlizzCon on August 22. This year's event will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center between August 21-22, with a live Pay Per View special available online and on DirecTV.

As noted by Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime last week, tickets to BlizzCon 2009--20,000 in total--sold out within eight minutes of going on sale. Blizzard has a number of upcoming products that will be on prominent display at the show, including the recently delayed Starcraft II and Diablo III, which was announced last year. According to unconfirmed reports, the publisher will also announce a new expansion for its flagship massively multiplayer online role-playing game, rumored to be titled Cataclysm.

GameSpot will be on hand at next week's show to provide news as it happens.

Discussion

37 comments
-Elite
-Elite

Wonder how much he got... didn't they do one with Mr. T last year? Funny. lol

enoslives7
enoslives7

sweet...now Ozzy can officially tell everyone that starcraft 2 has been delayed til 2015

Melty123
Melty123

The commercial looks really great, funny and well yea Ozzy is the king.

MrsNintendo
MrsNintendo

Because he's THE Ozzy! Don't question his power!

Abe-Froman_SKC
Abe-Froman_SKC

Somehow Ozzy can get away with the shameless marketing promotions and still be cool. I wish I knew why.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I liked the Ozzy WoW tv ad

TOC48
TOC48

Ozzy Rulez!!!!!!!

SteveTwo
SteveTwo

@TzarStefan Even if you don't play, it's hard not to know they have like 11million subscribers. Even if the active players are only half that, that's still an insane ton of money being made in a crappy economy for something that's "died out".

tremor33
tremor33

"Sharon! Jacks off of Oxycontin and is hooked on WOW!"

monson21502
monson21502

i would rather eat a bat, then listen to ozzy

03240978
03240978

Ozzy & Gaming? So what; it does nothing for me, and it won't make me shell out the dough for a PPV special (suckers bet). The UFC charges almost 50 bucks for their crap and I don't open my wallet for Dana White either. Topraman517, you couldn't be more RIGHT! But the MTV hip hop generation are all a bunch of dopes and will buy into anything that is printed or stated on the boob tube.

CaseyMJones
CaseyMJones

Every other week it's something like this with Blizzard. Nothing they do surprises me anymore. Follow the logic with me... SC2 has been delayed yet AGAIN, but someone inside of Blizzard someone(s?) was being paid to make sure Ozzy headlined BlizzCon...to show just how extreme Blizzard is and how popular they are or how mainstream gaming is...or for no other reason than to show off the spoils of being Blizzard Entertainment. I feel like a speak for a really disgruntled group of hardcore gamers when I say that nothing short of NEW VIDEO GAME CONTENT THAT ISN'T WOW-RELATED is going to impress me from Blizzard.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

Video caption needs fixing. "But I was the Prince of Darkness in 1979. Then I whored myself out to MTV and became the Prince of Dorkness. Wilford Brimley is more hardcore than me now."

topraman517
topraman517

"Ozzy being there...being the frontman and composer in the greatest heavy metal band" Ozzy composed barely anything for Black Sabbath and his solo albums. However, he was a great singer during the very early Sabbath years. Had a doomy, bluesy voice back then. Other than that he's just supremely overrated. He owes his entire musical career to his stellar bandmates (namely Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Randy Rhoads, Bob Daisley, and Zakk Wylde). He owes his current status as a household name to that corporate witch, Sharon Osbourne, who'll do anything to make money off her drugged-out shell of a husband. If you want to see Ozzy at his peak, search for the Black Sabbath 1970 Paris television performance, easily found on YouTube. I highly recommend War Pigs.

icym
icym

Now the question is, will you see him on the main floor for cos-play? An Alliance goody goody high elf maybe?

Nova_Luenros
Nova_Luenros

Yay, glad I'm going! Also, I do not support WOW, only SC2 and D3.

FallenAngel
FallenAngel

If I was attending the Blizzcon I'd carry a clicker with me to count the number of times the Ozzman says the f word. ...Wait a minute, I don't think there's any clicker in the world that'd not run out of clicks counting that.

TzarStefan
TzarStefan

People still play WoW? thought it died out by now

Trogeton
Trogeton

lol love that commercial

feliscele
feliscele

One thing I can say about WOW is it has the best TV ads of pretty much any product.

smfes
smfes

lol another wow expansion less than 1 year after the first..

Prosercunus
Prosercunus

Hopefully Blizzcon will have something new besides more WoW and Stacraft garbage.

Deathmobarez
Deathmobarez

he's gonna be there to announce his raid where you go though hell and fight his family until you get to him where he kills you with his foul-language. lvl requirement: 100 drop: epic phat devil battleaxe guitar :P

Cyrax-QC
Cyrax-QC

ZOMG...I'm suddenly dying to go to BlizzCon just for the fact of Ozzy being there...being the frontman and composer in the greatest heavy metal band ever (except perhaps Metallica)...no wonder why he's regarded like a god in the music industry, as much as Blizzard Entertainment is considered as one of the main video game developper right now. To wrap this up, Ozzy Osbourne + Blizzard = PWNAGE LOLOLOLOLOL MWHAHAHAHAHA!!!!...(wtf)

NuKkU
NuKkU

lol i love that WoW commercial Also great hopefully a release date of Diablo III will be announced but i highly doubt it

Magrino
Magrino

Ozzy Osbourne earned his reputation as the Prince of Darkness as the frontman for heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath, but the rock icon has solidified that title by way of a string of reality TV shows and shameless marketing promotions. Namely, in the lead up to last November's release of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, Ozzy appeared in a 30-second spot in which his in-game representation challenges the Lich King, and is promptly consumed in baleful fire.

As it would turn out, that commercial won't be the end of Ozzy's collaboration with Blizzard Entertainment. The Irvine, California-based developer said today that Ozzy Osbourne will headline the closing ceremony of this year's BlizzCon on August 22. This year's event will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center between August 21-22, with a live Pay Per View special available online and on DirecTV.

As noted by Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime last week, tickets to BlizzCon 2009--20,000 in total--sold out within eight minutes of going on sale. Blizzard has a number of upcoming products that will be on prominent display at the show, including the recently delayed Starcraft II and Diablo III, which was announced last year. According to unconfirmed reports, the publisher will also announce a new expansion for its flagship massively multiplayer online role-playing game, rumored to be titled Cataclysm.

GameSpot will be on hand at next week's show to provide news as it happens.