Blizzcon 2008 announced: now with more grinding!

If you’re a Blizzard fan of any kind, you may have either attended last year’s Blizzcon or lived vicariously through our coverage of the event. Blizzard has just announced the dates and details for Blizzcon 2008, which will likely provide an exciting two-day vacation for World of Warcraft players who otherwise never leave the house.

The event will take place on October 10th and 11th and will be held in Anaheim, California, at the Anaheim Convention Center. Activities planned include a silent auction, discussion panels with Blizz developers, costume contests, tournaments, and possibly the most exciting of all: hands on time with upcoming Blizzard releases. Starcraft 2, anyone?

Tickets will be $100 for both days and you can reserve them in advance at Blizzard’s Web site. You might want to snag those early — it’d be a mite humiliating to have to wrestle a Night Elf at the door for a pair, especially if your costume isn’t as fancy as his. Check the jump for the full press release.



Blizzard Entertainment® gaming convention returns to Anaheim Convention Center 10-11October


MARLOW, UK – 12th May, 2008 – Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced plans for its third BlizzCon gaming convention, to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California on 10 and 11 October. BlizzCon is a celebration of the global player communities surrounding Blizzard Entertainment®’s Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises. In response to the demand to accommodate more attendees, this year’s event has expanded from two convention halls to three.


“Whenever we’ve been able to meet and interact with Blizzard gamers from around the world, it’s been a great experience for us,” stated Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re looking forward to seeing even more of our players at this year’s BlizzCon and delivering another entertaining and informative event for them.”


BlizzCon will offer a wide variety of activities to help all attendees get the most out of the two-day event. In addition to serving as a gathering place for the different Blizzard Entertainment gaming communities, attendees will be able to enjoy:


  • Hands-on play time with upcoming Blizzard Entertainment releases
  • Discussion panels with Blizzard Entertainment developers
  • Competitive and casual tournaments for players to showcase their talents
  • Areas and activities devoted to licensed products such as the World of Warcraft® Trading Card Game
  • Costume, machinima, and character sound-alike contests with great prizes
  • Commemorative merchandise based on the Blizzard Entertainment franchises
  • A silent auction
  • More exciting activities to be announced


Tickets for BlizzCon will go on sale in the next few weeks at a price of $100 USD per person. As the event draws closer, further details will be announced on the official BlizzCon website:


About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft® and the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo series, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (, a division of Vivendi Games, is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s track record includes ten #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company’s online-gaming service,®, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active users.

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