October 28, 2005
November 2, 2019
40,000+ in 2019
BlizzCon (sometimes stylized as Blizzcon) is an annual convention hosted by Blizzard Entertainment at the Anaheim Convention Center, 10 miles from Blizzard's headquarters in Irvine, Southern California. Each year at BlizzCon, Blizzard holds numerous panels revealing their upcoming titles and newest game content, displaying art, hosting live tournaments, putting out playable demos, and much more.
The first BlizzCon was held in October of 2005, and was not an overly successful event. After a year off, BlizzCon returned in 2007, with the popularity of World of Warcraft pushing attendance far higher, and has been a success every since.
BlizzCon is held at the Anaheim Convention Center in California over the course of two days, typically Friday and Saturday, from 10am until 10pm. Blizzard generally saves major announcements about upcoming games for BlizzCon. All of the World of Warcraft expansions have been announced at BlizzCon, except for Legion which was announced at gamescom 2015.
The cost of the ticket (which varies each year) grants attendees entry to the convention hall for the duration of the event and an exclusive Goodie Bag, which often contains things such as in-game rewards for their games, beta keys for upcoming Blizzard titles, and other exclusive Blizzard paraphernalia. Since the amount of tickets is finite, dates for the ticket sales are announced months in advance. On sale day, the tickets are often sold out within the first few hours.
- BlizzCon 2019 (November 1 — 2, announced April 25)
- BlizzCon 2018 (November 2 — 3, announced April 9)
- BlizzCon 2017 (November 3 — 4, announced March 14)
- BlizzCon 2016 (November 4 — 5, announced April 6)
- BlizzCon 2015 (November 6 — 7, announced March 12)
- BlizzCon 2014 (November 7 — 8, announced April 22)
- BlizzCon 2013 (November 8 — 9, announced February 19)
- BlizzCon 2011 (October 21 — 22, announced February 7)
- BlizzCon 2010 (October 22 — 23, announced March 25)
- BlizzCon 2009 (August 21 — 22, announced February 17)
- BlizzCon 2008 (October 10 — 11, announced May 12)
- BlizzCon 2007 (August 3 — 4, announced April 12)
- BlizzCon 2005 (October 28 — 29)
- Main article: Virtual Ticket
The Virtual Ticket gives a front row seat at BlizzCon from the comfort of ones own couch, live and in high definition. They'll get comprehensive coverage of both days of the show, including panels, contests, interviews, the closing ceremony, and more, along with some cool commemorative in-game goodies. They can even stream the convention using the free BlizzCon Mobile app.
BlizzCon Mobile is a fast and easy way to help make the most of the BlizzCon experience with streaming panels and videos, a complete interactive events schedule, hall maps, plus footage and results from all of BlizzCon’s breathtaking esports matches. The mobile app was originally released as BlizzCon Guide on October 5, 2011, for BlizzCon 2011 but was renamed to BlizzCon Mobile on October 24, 2017, for BlizzCon 2017.
Notes and trivia
- The BlizzCon opening ceremony is traditionally inaugurated by the President of Blizzard Entertainment. Up until BlizzCon 2018, it was Mike Morhaime.
- Every BlizzCon ends with a concert.
- There was no BlizzCon in 2012 due to the heavily focused development of Diablo III, Mists of Pandaria, and StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm.
- There was no BlizzCon in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- There are two BlizzCon named zones in World of Warcraft: Isle of Blizzcon from patch 7.2.0 and BlizzCon 2017 from patch 8.0.1.
- Key art
- Convention layout
Virtual Ticket 2017 logo
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