With the competitive shooter Overwatch launching in May, the next World of Warcraft expansion expected to debut before the summer ends, and the Warcraft movie to release in June, Blizzard Entertainment has a busy year remaining. Popular free-to-play titles from the renowned developer continue to gather a larger player base, and even some of the team’s more antiquated titles were recently updated. Considering all of that, it is no surprise that Blizzard Entertainment’s nearly annual convention is going to return later this year.
BlizzCon 2016 is dated for November 4 through November 5 this year according to the BlizzCon website. Once again, the convention takes place in Anaheim, CA, where players can attend a number of panels, participate in tournaments, or preview upcoming Blizzard games’ features in hands-on demos. This year’s BlizzCon should be especially eventful since the developer is celebrating 25 years of being in the gaming industry.
BlizzCon often gives players the first look at many upcoming Blizzard game features, expansions, updates, and more. With this being Blizzard Entertainment’s 25th year making video games, attendees can likely expect some in-depth retrospectives on the developer’s popular properties in addition to finding out what lies ahead for their favorite games. Viewers interested in eSports can check out the 2016 StarCraft 2 Global Finals, the 2016 Hearthstone World Championship, the Heroes of the Storm Fall Championship, and the 2016 World of Warcraft Arena Championships during BlizzCon this year. Check out this year’s prize pools, event schedules, and more at the BlizzCon website.
Although tickets cannot be purchased yet, potential attendees can save the following date in an effort to grab a few tickets. Tickets will go on sale on April 20 and again on April 23. Buyers will need to be ready beforehand since the amount of tickets available is limited. As explained in the BlizzCon purchasing guide, buyers should set up a Universe account, an online ticket service, ahead of the ticket sale day, and they should log in early the day of the ticket sale. The exact time of the ticket sale is also included in the guide.
Like some of the past Blizzard Entertainment conventions, a virtual ticket will also be purchasable before and during BlizzCon 2016. The BlizzCon Virtual Ticket allows players from around the world to attend the convention without having to physically travel to Anaheim. Multiple streaming channels provide constant coverage of the convention’s stages, panels, and even tournaments. BlizzCon Virtual Ticket holders even have the option to buy a special Goody Bag as long as supplies last.
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