The fourth BlizzCon has begun! The two-day celebration of Blizzard Entertainment games and the passionate communities of players surrounding them is now underway at the Anaheim Convention Center, and we're inviting everyone at home to follow along with the exciting events and announcements at www.blizzcon.com. We'll be updating the site throughout the convention with breaking news, updates from the developer panels, and photos from the show floor, contests, and other activities. We'll also be broadcasting streaming video of the tournaments taking place throughout BlizzCon, so be sure to check back often over the next couple of days.
If you're looking for up-to-the-minute coverage, you can also catch us on Twitter by following @Diablo, @Warcraft, and @StarCraft. For those watching on DIRECTV Pay Per View or via the Internet stream, don’t forget to tweet us suggestions for what you’d like to see covered using the #BlizzConDTV tag.
You want to be one of the first in Europe to get your hands on the brand new single player mode of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty or the first playable demo of Diablo III? Or maybe both? Then come and join us at the gamescom 2009 at the Blizzard Entertainment booth ( Hall 6, booth C20/B21) in Cologne, Germany!
Participate in our contests and quizzes such as knowledge Q&A’s or Death Knight levelling contests and you could win valuable prizes by Razer, SteelSeries or Panini. Watch the World of Warcraft raids on Friday and Saturday performed live on-stage by the top guilds Ensidia and For the Horde.
Additionally, our recruiters will be at the booth ready to answer your questions about recruitment and working at Blizzard Entertainment. Blizzard Europe currently has numerous positions open in Quality Assurance, Localization, Customer Support and other departments in our offices in Velizy, France (near Paris) and Cork, Ireland. We’re looking for Italian, Polish, Russian, German, French, Spanish, and English language speakers. Bring your CV and talk to us about our employment opportunities.
We look forward to welcoming friends both old and new to our booth which is open to the public from Thursday 20 August until Sunday 23 August.
The BlizzCon schedule for next Friday and Saturday is now available! For those of you who plan to attend virtually, via the Virtual Ticket stream, you can begin to plan your presence at the various ceremonies and panels which will be taking place over the two days of the event. Virtual Ticket stream users can watch both days of BlizzCon. The pay-per-view option can be purchased as late at August 22. It is also available in many regions and is not limited to the US only. For more information, check the BlizzCon 2009 Live Stream FAQ.
This Friday marks the beginning of BlizzCon 2009, and thousands of players will be making the trek to the Anaheim Convention Center to enjoy a weekend full of gaming, tournaments, panels, contests, and more. If you're interested in watching the sold-out show, don't forget that you still have a few days to order your "virtual ticket," available via Internet stream. This package comes with 18 hours of live coverage, including the closing concert with Ozzy Osbourne, as well as the exclusive BlizzCon 2009 in-game pet, Grunty the murloc marine.
Creative Labs is partnering with Blizzard Entertainment to announce the new Sound Blaster World of Warcraft Wireless Headset, catering specifically to the World of Warcraft gamer. From the customizable ear cup "Glyphs" featuring Horde and Alliance artwork illuminated by 16 million color programmable LEDs, to the huge emphasis on comfort for extended wear, this headset pushes the envelope in both technology and design. For more information about the Sound Blaster World of Warcraft Wireless Headset, visit Creative.com.
StarCraft II's Jim Raynor, terran hero, outlaw, and leader of Raynor's Raiders, will be making a rare exclusive appearance at this year's BlizzCon. Standing 6,25 inches tall, dressed in his signature StarCraft II battle suit, and sporting an oversized Gauss rifle, Raynor is the debut piece in a new line of Blizzard Entertainment-inspired designer vinyl toys known as n00bz.
The Raynor figure can be found exclusively inside this year’s BlizzCon goody bag and won't be available anywhere else. When interviewed about the honor, the good captain had only this to say: "I don’t play nice with others." You can check out images of this year's Raynor figure, along with a preview of other n00bz that will be available for purchase at BlizzCon, on the goody bag page.
We’re pleased to announce that StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and Diablo III will be at gamescom 2009. Visitors to the Blizzard Entertainment booth, located in Halle 6, B21 & B31, will be able to go hands-on with both games -- a first for Diablo III in Europe.
From Thursday 20 until Sunday 23 August, gamescom in Cologne, Germany will be open to the public. You can find out more about what gamescom has to offer, and how to get there, at www.gamescom-cologne.com.
The Blizzard Online Store is currently featuring discounted prices on many of our items from our summer stock including mousepads, calendars and baseball caps. As always our hot items continue to sell fast such as our SteelSeries gaming gear and World of Warcraft Game Time cards, so get them while they’re available. And don’t forget about the best way to keep your Battle.net account safe and secure: the Blizzard Authenticator which is currently in stock. So come visit the Blizzard Online Store to take advantage of the cool savings on all our hot items!
It’s been a little while since our last BlizzCast, and we’re celebrating its return with a brand-new contest. Are you a BlizzCast enthusiast? Have you downloaded every episode within minutes of its release? Do you take notes to distribute amongst your guild? Well then, this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.
Listen carefully to BlizzCast #10 and read its transcript, then answer the questions below, and you may just win yourself a fantastic prize. Note that, even if European countries are eligible, this contest is run in the US; so you should submit your answers in English only.
Don’t forget that you have to answer these questions in English only, once you have read and acknowledged the Contest Rules (also available in English only). Good luck to all of you!
At the end of June 2009, Europe’s finest Warcraft III and World of Warcraft players competed for a spot at the Grand Finals to be held during this year’s BlizzCon. All participants proved their strength in Cologne, and we had the opportunity to watch some amazing battles and tests of skill. In the end, two arena teams for World of Warcraft, x6tence and Woah, earned the privilege to defend the European colors in Anaheim. In the Warcraft III bracket, LucifroN, Grubby and Nicker will compete for the title and prove that they are far from being mere challengers. We are very proud to present to you the European champions for this year’s BlizzCon. Make sure to check out the European participants here.