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11-May-2009 BlizzCon Tickets On Sale May 16
Tickets to this year's BlizzCon gaming convention, being held on August 21 and 22 in Anaheim, California, will go on sale worldwide on Saturday, May 16 for $125 each, with a second block of tickets going on sale Saturday, May 30.
For those unable to attend, DIRECTV will once again be televising BlizzCon in high definition as a Pay Per View event, featuring coverage from the show floor, exclusive interviews, demos, and more. In addition, for the first time, players around the world will be able to watch the DIRECTV BlizzCon event as a Pay Per View Internet stream.
Check out the press release for further details, and head over to www.blizzard.com/blizzcon on May 16 or May 30 to buy your tickets. Please note that tickets should be purchased in US dollars either from the official BlizzCon US website or through the US Blizzard Store.
11-May-2009 Win A Trip To BlizzCon In Our Costume Contest!
Warm up your sewing machines and start selecting the best fabrics you can; the Blizzard Costume Contest is coming soon! The best costume-maker will receive a grand prize package filled with great loot from our partners Panini, SteelSeries, and Upper Deck as well as an a trip for two to BlizzCon 2009! Check out our contest information page for details.
This contest will launch on May 20 so get your costumes ready!
06-May-2009 StarCraft II Beta Test Opt-in
The StarCraft II beta-test period is coming in the months ahead! If you’d like a chance to participate, now’s the time to let us know. Simply log in to your Battle.net account, and click “Beta Profile Settings” to go through the new beta opt-in process and upload a snapshot of your system specs. During this process, you’ll also have the opportunity to opt in to future betas for other Blizzard Entertainment games. Please note that even if you’ve opted in to our betas previously, you’ll need to complete this new process and upload your current system specs to have a chance to be invited.
For more information, see the FAQ -- or create a Battle.net account to opt in now. If you have an unused beta code from BlizzCon 2008 or WWI 2008, visit this site to enter your code.
06-May-2009 Global Creative Writing Update
The first Blizzard Entertainment global creative writing contest ended on April 12, but that’s not the end of these epic tales. After over fifteen-hundred entries and millions of carefully chosen words, it’s now in the hands of the judges.
One grand prize winner will be chosen to win a trip to Blizzard Entertainment’s headquarters in Southern California to meet and eat with the Blizzard Entertainment writing staff, and a Frostmourne sword. Seven runners-up will be chosen to receive prize packages consisting of signed copies of the Diablo Archive, Warcraft Archive, StarCraft Archive, and the Warcraft War of the Ancients Archive.
Look for an announcement with our chosen grand prize winner and runners-up on Friday, May 22.
Good luck to all of the entrants!
20-Apr-2009 Arena Shoutcasting Contest Ends
The first-ever World of Warcraft Arena Shoutcasting Contest has officially ended -- we'd like to thank everyone who participated! We're now in the process of judging the entries to select the best and most exciting Arena commentary. The winner will receive a Dell UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC monitor and a code for the BlizzCon 2008 polar bear mount, and three runners-up will each receive a BlizzCon T-shirt along with the BlizzCon 2008 mount. We’ll be showcasing the winners soon, so stay tuned!
16-Apr-2009 New StarCraft II Battle Report Available Now
We have just released the second installment of our StarCraft II Battle Reports, a series of videos created for the official website in order to give you a closer look at the fast-paced, intense, and exciting-to-watch multiplayer matches of StarCraft II. In this latest battle report, you'll see two of Blizzard Entertainment's best players go head-to-head as the zerg and terrans while our commentators, StarCraft II lead designer Dustin Browder and eSports team member Robert Simpson, dissect and analyze the on-screen action for you.
Check out Battle Report 2 now!
16-Apr-2009 Blizzard Theme Park Contest Winners!
We are happy to announce the winning entries of the Blizzard Theme Park Contest. Congratulations to V. Carré, our grandprize winner, and to J. Woods, R. Martin, and I. Sant-Anna, our second place winners. You can view the winning entries on our Theme Park Winners page.
15-Apr-2009 2009 Arena Tournament Phase 4 Begins
Phase 4 of the 2009 World of Warcraft Arena tournament has begun. Tournament participants have battled fiercely for weeks in hopes of making it to the invitational ladder. Competitors now have one week to prove their worth as this final phase of the online qualification will last until April 21 at 9 p.m. CEST. For a list of the invited teams and to track their progress, please visit the World of Warcraft Armory. Top teams will earn a chance to participate in live events, including the global finals being held at BlizzCon. For more information on the tournament, please visit our Arena Tournament information page; to discuss the tournament with your fellow players, please visit the Arena Tournament Forum. Good luck and good fight!
15-Apr-2009 Secrets of Ulduar: Content Patch 3.1 Now Live!
Secrets of Ulduar, the new World of Warcraft content update, is now live! The gates of the mysterious titan stronghold of Ulduar have swung open, granting players access to an all-new level-80 raid dungeon with normal (10-person) and heroic (25-person) versions and optional hard-mode encounters for those seeking an additional challenge. Secrets of Ulduar also includes the new Argent Tournament in Icecrown Citadel, the dual-talent-specialization feature, multiple user-interface upgrades, and some significant changes to class talents and abilities. Be sure to visit your class trainer, as all talent points have been reset.
Watch the Secrets of Ulduar trailer now, or read the patch notes.
08-Apr-2009 Custom Apparel Free Shipping Promotion
If you’ve been thinking about getting some custom World of Warcraft apparel, now is the perfect time. SwagDog is currently offering free shipping for all US orders and for international orders of three items or more, while international orders of two items or less ship for only $9.99 worldwide. International shipping includes all taxes, duties, and fees. With the recent release of the custom guild hat, there’s never been a better time to stock up and save on all your guild gear.
This limited-time offer is only available through http://Warcraft.SwagDog.com and ends April 30; head over and take advantage of the offer today.