BlizzCon is quickly approaching and we have some more details about the event along with the purchase of the Virtual Ticket.
Wil Wheaton will be hosting the event the community contests this year. This seems like a weird pick to me, although Wil Wheaton is really popular in the geek community I don’t think he has a whole lot of Blizzard Entertainment knowledge. Personally I was always a big fan of Jay Mohr just because he always seemed hilariously drunk or high at BlizzCon.
The Virtual Ticket can be purchased for $39.99 and this year they are offering the option of also buying the physical goodie bag for an additional $34.99. This is actually a really sweet deal and I’m happy that Blizzard is finally offering this option. #TeamNoPants is definitely getting the best of BlizzCon, getting to fully experience it without the whole mess of wearing pants during it.
Will you be purchasing the Virtual Ticket this year? Let us know!
The murlocs are busy working on prepping panels and assembling their contest entries, which can only mean one thing—BlizzCon 2015 is just a few months away! This year’s show is sold out, but those unable to join the festivities in person can experience the excitement from home with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, available to order now in the Battle.net Shop!
With the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, live online HD coverage will be at your fingertips on both days of the show, taking place Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7. You’ll enjoy two channels of content, featuring developer panels on the main and panel stages, exclusive in-depth interviews, the epic closing ceremony, and the community contests on Friday evening —this year hosted by author, actor, and all-around good geek, Wil Wheaton (@wilw).
You’ll also have access to on-demand replays for up to two weeks after the show so you can catch up on anything you might have missed.
Bonus Loot 2.0
As always, the Virtual Ticket also unlocks a treasure trove of in-game goodies for your favorite Blizzard games, including World of Warcraft, Diablo III, Hearthstone, StarCraft II, and Heroes of the Storm—more details to come at a later date.
In addition, for the first time ever, Virtual Ticket buyers will also have the option to equip the Goody Bag that we give out to BlizzCon-goers in person. The Goody Bag is available to pre-purchase now through the Blizzard Gear Store for an additional $34.99 USD (plus tax, shipping, and applicable fees; limit 1 per Virtual Ticket), but supplies are limited, so be sure to lock in your pre-purchase before they’re all claimed. Visit our Goody Bag blog to check out the contents and learn more about how to order.
The Virtual Ticket also grants you access to a limited-time online BlizzCon merchandise sale featuring a selection of commemorative items that will be available for purchase at the show.** This special sale is scheduled to run from October 16 through November 8, and we’ll give you the low-down on all the loot that’s coming at a later date.
Free WCS and Warcraft eSports Tournament Streams
Even if you don’t purchase a Virtual Ticket, you’ll still be able to catch plenty of BlizzCon action online for free. Coverage of the BlizzCon opening ceremony and this year’s BlizzCon eSports tournaments—including the StarCraft II World Championship Series Global Finals, Hearthstone World Championship, World of Warcraft Arena World Championship, and the first-ever Heroes of the Storm World Championship—will be streamed for free in HD at www.blizzcon.com.
To order a Virtual Ticket, head to the Virtual Ticket Battle.net Shop page. For more information, read the FAQ below.
* Virtual Ticket coverage will be available in English only.
**While supplies last. All orders will be shipped from the United States. lnternational shipping rates may apply.
BlizzCon® 2015 Virtual Ticket FAQ
What is the BlizzCon® 2015 Virtual Ticket?
The BlizzCon 2015 Virtual Ticket offers comprehensive live HD coverage of Blizzard Entertainment’s two-day gaming celebration, taking place November 6 and 7, via a multichannel Internet stream.
When you purchase the Virtual Ticket, you’ll be able to switch freely between multiple high-definition (up to 720p) channels dedicated to different areas of BlizzCon, allowing viewers expanded access to the content they’re most interested in. The Virtual Ticket grants you complete access to the Main and Panel Stage channels, featuring the following BlizzCon content:
- Developer Panels: Get the latest news and firsthand developer insight into the creation of your favorite Blizzard games.
- Exclusive Interviews: Dig deeper into the Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo, and Overwatch universes in exclusive interviews with Blizzard executives and developers.
- Costume and Talent Contests: Get a great view of the creativity on display in the legendary BlizzCon Costume Contest and epic Talent Contest.
- Closing Ceremony: Be there for the closing festivities on Saturday night, celebrating two full days of Blizzard gaming and eSports action.
Limited high-definition coverage of the opening ceremony and BlizzCon eSports tournaments will be available online for free, featuring the Global Finals of the 2015 StarCraft® II World Championship Series, World of Warcraft®Arena World Championship, Hearthstone® World Championship, and Heroes of the Storm® World Championship. Keep an eye on www.blizzcon.com for more information.
If I order the BlizzCon 2015 Virtual Ticket, will I receive the commemorative BlizzCon 2015 in-game goodies?
Yes, Virtual Ticket holders will also receive commemorative BlizzCon 2015 in-game goodies for a variety of Blizzard games (details to be announced at a later date). The goodies will be linked to the Battle.net account used to purchase or redeem the Virtual Ticket, and will be available in-game after the show begins. Stay tuned for more information.
*NEW* Once I purchase my Virtual Ticket, how do I pre-purchase an optional BlizzCon 2015 Goody Bag?
Once you’ve completed your Virtual Ticket purchase or redeemed your Virtual Ticket code, log in to the Blizzard Gear Store (http://gear.blizzard.com) using the same Battle.net account. Look for the Goody Bag callout on the front page, or click BlizzCon 2015 in the top navigation bar, where you’ll be able to pre-purchase (limit 1 per Virtual Ticket and Battle.net account).
Please note that BlizzCon 2015 Goody Bag *supplies are limited*, and buying a Virtual Ticket does *not* guarantee that you’ll be able to also buy a Goody Bag. Goody Bag orders will be shipped closer to the start of BlizzCon. For more information, see the FAQ.
Will replays of Virtual Ticket content be available after BlizzCon is over?
Yes! Anyone with a Virtual Ticket will be able to access on-demand replays of the Main and Panel Stage streams for up to two weeks after the end of the event. Replays of the eSports events will also be available for free.
Will you be hosting a BlizzCon online merchandise sale this year for Virtual Ticket buyers? How will I access the sale?
Yes—we’re setting aside a stash of BlizzCon merchandise for BlizzCon attendees and Virtual Ticket holders to be sold in an online merchandise sale scheduled to take place October 16 through November 8, 2015.
After purchasing or redeeming a code for a Virtual Ticket, your Battle.net account will automatically be flagged to get access to the merchandise sale when it begins. Visit www.blizzcon.com closer to the sale for more information.
We’re also planning a post-BlizzCon sale that’s open to the public after show concludes—we’ll have more details to share at a later date. Please note that items purchased in all of these sales will be shipped from the U.S., so international shipping rates and other fees may apply.
How do I order the Virtual Ticket?
You can order the Virtual Ticket directly through the Battle.net Shop. Be sure to make your purchase on the Battle.net account you wish to use to watch the show, receive the in-game goodies, and access the merchandise sale. Also make sure you have a valid, updated payment method associated with your Battle.net account. If you do not yet have a Battle.net account, you can create one for free on the Battle.net website.
In what languages will the Virtual Ticket Internet stream be available?
The BlizzCon 2015 Virtual Ticket Internet stream and DIRECTV broadcast will be available in English only.
Free eSports streams will be available in multiple languages through a variety of external channels—visitwww.blizzcon.com closer to the show to find out if localized streaming eSports coverage is available in your preferred language.
In which regions is the Virtual Ticket available for purchase?
The BlizzCon Virtual Ticket is available in the Americas, Europe, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, South Korea, and Southeast Asia (pricing and availability varies by region). Keep in mind the Virtual Ticket stream will be available only in English.
What are the system requirements and minimum bandwidth requirements to view the live stream?
We’ll have more information on the system requirements and minimum bandwidth requirements to view the stream closer to the event.
Do I need to purchase a Virtual Ticket if I’ve already purchased a ticket to attend BlizzCon in person?
Live BlizzCon attendees also get a Virtual Ticket with their BlizzCon ticket purchase. BlizzCon ticket purchasers should have already received a code (one per ticket purchased) which can be used to unlock the Virtual Ticket, in-game goodies, and merchandise sale access on a single Battle.net account. These codes were emailed directly to the BlizzCon ticket purchaser, so check with the person who bought your ticket if you haven’t yet received your code.
I plan to purchase the BlizzCon 2015 Pay Per View event through DIRECTV. Do I need to purchase the Virtual Ticket separately to also watch online?
For those who choose the option to purchase the BlizzCon 2015 DIRECTV Pay Per View (coming soon), the Virtual Ticket Internet stream will be included with your order. After ordering through DIRECTV, you will receive an email containing a code that will grant one Battle.net account access to the Virtual Ticket Internet stream, the BlizzCon 2015 in-game goodies, and online merchandise sale. You will be able to redeem your code here—just make sure to redeem the code using the Battle.net account on which you wish to receive the in-game goodies.
Note that the DIRECTV Pay Per View broadcast is not included with purchases of the Virtual Ticket made through the Battle.net Shop. More information on the DIRECTV BlizzCon 2015 Pay Per View event, including how to order through DIRECTV, will be available at a later date.