For those prices they better be giving out free copies of D3 when it hits to those who would pay a lunatic amount like that.
$175 passes to October 21-22 fan convention hit the market in just over a month; $500 benefit dinner tickets up for grabs on May 28.
In February, Blizzard Entertainment announced that this year's BlizzCon would run from October 21-22, in virtually the same slot as last year's October 22-23 expo. However, the developer-publisher offered little other information on the annual convention dedicated to its various games, including World of Warcraft, Diablo, Starcraft, and Warcraft.
Today, Blizzard revealed when tickets to the eagerly awaited event would go on sale. Passes will be offered in two batches at $175 each, a $25 increase over last year. The first will be offered at Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. PDT and the second on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. PDT. Both will be offered via the official BlizzCon website, www.blizzcon.com. In prior years, tickets to the event, held at the Anaheim Convention Center, sold out in a matter of minutes.
In addition to regular admission tickets, Blizzard will be offering entry to the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner. Set to be held on Thursday, October 20, the dinner is being billed as an "exclusive event" that will let attendees mingle with Blizzard developers prior to the show. Tickets are $500 each and include a regular BlizzCon admission ticket, with proceeds from the event going to the Children's Hospital of Orange County. Only 200 passes to the dinner will be sold starting Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m. PDT, also through the BlizzCon website.
Details on this year's BlizzCon are thin, other than it will feature tournaments, community contests, discussion panels, and other miscellaneous events. Last year's events included the unveiling of Diablo III's demon hunter class, sessions on pro tips on Starcraft II, Diablo III's design, and Starcraft II balancing. The event also featured a performance by Jack Black's rock duo Tenacious D, with emcee duties filled by comedian Jay Mohr.
@Goyoshi12 Actually Activision doesn't "own" Blizzard. They merged. Both companies are/were owned by Vivendi SA, a conglomerate (BFC Big Effin' Company). Vivendi acquired Activision, which in turn became the parent company of Vivendi Games, sub company within Vivendi SA that owned Blizzard. Blizzard was a unique case in the merger, in that they retained all their own corporate leadership and they continue to function as their own entity. Activision does not have any influence over Blizzard or their development. Remember, it was a merger within an already huge company... The company now known as "Activision Blizzard" owns two separate entities (Blizzard Entertainment and Activision). They both still operate on their own. Other companies did fall under the Activision leadership, like Sierra, but not Blizzard. Confused yet?
Ive contemplated spending the coin to go to a blizzcon but i just feel that money is really just better off in my kids college fund lol..maybe they will have the live stream again this year, altho hopefully at a lower price...$40 for streaming internet coverage was again way to steep
At Blizzcon they will annouce that Diablo 3 will be delayed for 2012 because of the Xbox360 and PS3 versions of the game. Believe it, Diablo 3 is going to the consoles for sure.
@Leptonic Nah, Blizzard has already stated that blizzard is keeping diablo 3 on pc only, because they want to keep pc gaming alive, thats one of the very few things that I actually have respect for with blizzard. Oh and one last thing I forgot to say on my last post, I can bet you that Diablo 3 expansions will be 3 - 5 times their price would have been now that activision is with them.
Diablo 3 will be released for PC exclusive? or they will announce a shocked news: will be released for 360 AND PS3?? Wooow!!
I used to play wow, came back but quit on the first month cataclysm came out, its just boring, nothing was different, theres no new content, its just them easing the game, and bringing out new content of the exact same thing, and making you pay $15 for it.. and now that activision has taken a bite you will see near everything go up in price. I understand why people used to play it, but honestly bliz/activis are near abusing those fans. and the sad part is 90% of you people who still play don't even realize it, its kind of sad.
Come on Blizz, give us Diablo 3 release date, a hope for warcraft 4, and FOR THE LOVE OF GOD nerf the damn colossus already!
@Goyoshi12 I was heavily into wow during activisions take over (before and after too), and regardless of what people say or think....activision DID get their claws into wow and it DID ruin it.
didn't like starcraft 2 at all and stopped playing wow after cataclysm came out. blizzard games cost too much money for very little.
seriously they can charge anything they want and will sell out at 10.01am or a website crash will happen, its like a Tony Robinson convention.
Great, so we'll have to wait until October for Blizzard to announce that Diablo III's going to be released in 2050.
Well at least they will announce diablo 3 release date and all people that attended will get some sort of in game trinket.
@wexorian I don't like WoW so much anymore, simply because I don't have any time to do the endgame content like raids. It may have been a good game before, but Ghostcrawler is a complete biased/elitist moron. Promised myself I was quitting until he steps down, WoW is just going to be destroyed with alot of the playerbase leaving.
@Goyoshi12 i love blizzard not only because wow or sc2, there was pre games before if you know wc,wc2+ exp, wc3 + exp, sc and offcourse diablo that where they have became popular. and all their games are amazing that's why we love it.
Wanna know something funny? You all loved Blizzard the first time WoW came to be and loved it when it made Starcraft I and II. Now you all hate it because it's simply overrated. Get it? :P You all hate Blizzard because of Activision! :lol: Remember, (hope I have my facts straight) Activision bought out Blizzard. ;) So when you SAY you hate Blizzard I really think you mean, "%@$# off Activision, stop ruining great developers." :P
Alright Blizzard, you've announced all 5 classes for Diablo 3. Now I expect to see something awesome and new for D3! And please a release date...or month of release, or time-frame for release...or even a year...something! :P
lol the hate here is astounding. Firstly, blizzcon has nothing to do with activision so get your facts right. Secondly, this is an event entirely done by blizzard, and its a community event, not a game convention, people go to play blizzard games and celebrate the cultural phenomenon started by them. You've got to be a completely idiot to hate blizzcon.
Wow guys... the hate in the comments is quite amusing! Blizzcon is huge because Blizzard is huge! It's a game company people actually like! and they constantly deliver to their customers.
I'm hoping for another disappointing wow expansion with recycled content! Blackwing Lair 2.0 for the win!
You have to pay to see old technology. Absolutely classic. Think Ill turn on my Atari 2600 and charge everyone 10 dollars to see it.
Another cash cow event for Blizzard and another year of WOW expansions that I can care less about. Can we get a release date on Diable 3 already ? "Sigh" Better yeat can we get another IP geeze.
Thanks God i stop spending my money with Blizz. Its incredible people are still fascinated with ANYTHING 7 years old, good or not.
Blizzard is the v@|V3 of the convention scene...but with much, much better games and much, much longer development cycles. Here's to playing Diablo ]|[ sometime before that pesky Alzheimer's kicks in. Meanwhile, I'll just wait for free. I would laugh endlessly if they ever announced KotlickCraft one of these years at this convention. The L.A. riots would be a joke compared to 50,000 angry fanboys.
Oh boy, another OverratedCon! Because a game company with three big IPs needs a convention. Stop wasting money on frivilous nothings and develop games - if Blizzard even knows how. Kotick sure seems to be running the show and money is priority number one in his book. The fact websites like this drum up attention to these stupid things perpetuates it more - why do those of us who don't go even care? Stop sticking it in our face like you will do when it's going on...
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