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Reminder: Blizzcon tickets on sale today

It's that time again, time for furious clicking, frantic drop-down menu selections, and long, long queue times. DPS in the dungeon finder during peak hour queue times. BlizzCon tickets will be on sale today starting at 7 pm PDT. If previous years are any indication they will be gone fast, so be prepared. If you can't get them today for whatever reason, they will be on sale again on Saturday, April 27 at 10 am PDT. If you miss out then, there is a third chance to get a ticket as part of the Orange County Children's Hospital pre-BlizzCon benefit dinner, and those tickets will on sale Wednesday, May 1st at 7 pm PDT.

As in 2011, BlizzCon tickets will cost US$175 each. In previous years there has been a limit to the number of tickets an individual is allowed to buy, so I assume that will once more be the case. If you're trying for tickets good luck and happy clicking!

Filed under: Blizzard, News items

Breakfast Topic: Are you attempting to buy BlizzCon tickets today?

Tickets to BlizzCon 2011 are going on sale today, and if past years' sales are any indication, tickets will sell out fast -- probably in the first second. You read that right. One damn second.

That's a pretty strong testament to peoples' love for the Blizzard brand. After all, there are plenty of reasons to not want to go to BlizzCon. Tickets are more expensive than ever, costing $175 each. For many of us, lodging and airfare are even bigger expenses. And after spending what may amount to a thousand dollars or more, most our time at BlizzCon will be spent waiting in lines. Line after line after line after line.

And yet, despite all those reasons not to go, tickets will still sell out today in 1 second.

Given the long odds and high costs of attending, are you still going to be trying to get that elusive ticket (or four) to BlizzCon 2011 today? Or are you taking a pass this year?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics, BlizzCon

BlizzCon Ticket Status: Sold Out

Today's Saturday, June 5th, and that means it's day two of BlizzCon ticket sales! If you have some way of increasing your Luck stat in the next hour, I'd go ahead and do it. Consumables are allowed.

The basic facts:
  • Tickets go on sale for the second and final time at 1:00 p.m. EDT / 10:00 a.m. PDT sharp.
  • Tickets are $150/each. You can purchase a max of 5 per household.
  • Buy your tickets at the Blizzard store.
  • Tips for buying your tickets.
  • Complain about how expensive tickets are, how rogues are overpowered, and how Ghostcrawler has no choice but to walk out on a horse swinging a sword like a general over in our open thread.
We'll update this post with queue lengths and ticket status information as warranted.

Update: 1:00 PM EST - Tickets are on sale.
Update: 1:01 PM EST - Within 60 seconds, the queue is at 20000.
Update: 1:20 PM EST - 30% stock remaining.
Update: 1:28 PM EST - BlizzCon 2010 is sold out.

Reminder: Last chance for BlizzCon 2010 tickets tomorrow, June 5

Did you miss out on purchasing tickets last Wednesday evening on June 2? Don't worry! You still have a shot at getting tickets for BlizzCon, which will be taking place October 22-23 in Anaheim, California! This is just a reminder that the next round of ticket sales will be available tomorrow, June 5 at 10:00 a.m. PDT / 1:00 p.m. EDT. Remember, you can only purchase a maximum of five tickets per household. Jay Mohr will be hosting BlizzCon again this year. Ticket prices are $150 each and they will sell out quickly! Make sure you're online and ready to go at the Blizzard Store or the BlizzCon website in the morning.

If you can't score tickets, the DirecTV Pay Per View event might help satisfy your hunger for the Blizzard event. It's only $39.95 and you get access to the multi-channel internet stream. If you've purchased the internet stream, you can switch between a variety of channels to watch different areas of BlizzCon. In other words, you get watch the events you care about more than others!

Filed under: News items, BlizzCon

BlizzCon Ticket Status: Sold out today -- on sale again this Saturday

Yes folks, it's that time of the year again. The precious few seconds where you cast your virtual die and hope beyond hope that you're a special enough snowflake to get a BlizzCon ticket.

The basic facts:
  • Tickets go on sale at 10:00 p.m. EDT / 7:00 p.m. PDT sharp.
  • Tickets are $150/each. You can purchase a max of 5 per household.
  • Buy your tickets at the Blizzard store.
  • Tips for buying your tickets.
  • Complain about how expensive tickets are, how rogues are over powered, and how Ghostcrawler has no choice but to walk out on a horse swinging a sword like a general over in our open thread.
We'll update this post with queue lengths and ticket status information as warranted.

10:00 p.m. EDT: Ticket are on sale now. Ticket queue is immediate over 10,000.
10:02 p.m. EDT: Ticket queue is over 20,000.
10:08 p.m. EDT: Those lucky enough to have purchased a ticket already have consumed 25% of the ticket stock that's gone on sale today.
10:13 p.m. EDT: Ticket queue is over 30,000. Those who have been able to purchased tickets have consumed 50% of this round's available stock.
10:15 p.m. EDT: We estimate about 3,000 to 4,000 households have each purchased 1 to 5 tickets, consuming 50% of available stock.
10:21 p.m. EDT: 25% of the available ticket stock for this round remains.
10:23 p.m. EDT: All of the available ticket stock for this round has been sold out. The next round of ticket sales will happen this Saturday.
10:34 p.m. EDT: Tickets are going on ebay for around $500.

Filed under: BlizzCon

Tips for purchasing your BlizzCon '10 tickets

Zarhym hit the forums this evening, just a few short hours before the kickoff of BlizzCon ticket sales, to drop a number of tips to help increase your chances of getting tickets of your own. Some highlights include:
  • Making sure your account is set up properly
  • Making sure your bank (or other financial institution) will accept large transactions from the Blizzard store
  • Enabling cookies in your browser
Check out the thread for the full details on these tips and many more. They're all great tips and I can say from past experience that it is incredibly good advice.

Filed under: BlizzCon

Reminder: BlizzCon 2010 tickets on sale tomorrow, June 2

A reminder to those planning on purchasing BlizzCon 2010 tickets: The first round of sales for tickets will be tomorrow, June 2 at 7:00 p.m. PDT/10:00 p.m. EDT. BlizzCon 2010 will be taking place Oct. 22-23 in Anaheim, California.

Tickets are $150 each. For those unable to get tickets during tomorrow's window, there will be a second round of sales on Saturday, June 5 at 10:00 a.m. PDT/1:00 p.m. EDT. There is a five-ticket limit per household.

For those unable to attend the convention proper, the DirecTV Pay Per View event will return in 2010 for $39.95, as well as the multi-channel internet stream of the event. For the first time, anyone who purchases the internet stream will be able to switch freely between multiple channels of coverage dedicated to different areas of BlizzCon, meaning viewers can tune in to the sections they're most interested in, rather than what they're stuck with.

And, of course, will be bringing you live blogs of everything and complete event coverage.

For those planning to purchase tickets: This is your reminder. Make sure you're online and at the Blizzard Store or the official BlizzCon website tomorrow evening, play a few rounds of Failoc-alypse and hope your fingers are fast, because these tickets are sure to sell out within seconds.

Filed under: News items, BlizzCon

Blizz doesn't know what time BlizzCon tickets will go on sale

BlizzCon tickets go on sale in two days, this Saturday, May 16th. One question we at WoW Insider have received several times is: "when on Saturday do the tickets go on sale?" So far, Blizzard has been silent on this issue.

Turns out there's a good reason for that - they don't know themselves. Bornakk puts it as follows: "we don't have an exact time on when they will be up but our web engineers will need to be here to properly start and monitor the system when it goes live so we don't plan to be doing that in the middle of the night."

In response to a poster's conjecture that since the billing department is going to be open from 9 AM to 6 PM this Saturday (they're not usually open on weekends), tickets will be sold during that time as well, Bornakk calls it a "solid line of thought." So that's the best information we have so far: not in the middle of the night, and probably sometime between 9 AM and 6 PM PDT. If we hear any more, we'll keep you posted.

BlizzCon 2009 is coming up on August 21st and 22nd! We've got all the latest news and information. At BlizzCon you can play the latest games, meet your guildmates, and ask the developers your questions. Plus, there's some great looking costumes.

Filed under: Events

How Blizzard mishandled the BlizzCon ticket situation

As you may or may not know, we here at WoW Insider are not an official Blizzard fansite. There are a few different reasons for that, but one of them is that within the Fansite Program Code of Conduct, there is a clause that states, "fansites should present content that is supportive of World of Warcraft and Blizzard Entertainment." We don't disagree with that clause -- fansites are run by fans, and they should support Blizzard. But our status as an unofficial site leaves us completely free to talk indepth about situations where Blizzard has messed up big time. And as many players already know, the BlizzCon ticket sales process that took place earlier this week is definitely one of those situations.

Blizzard is, of course, a game company. No one expects them to put on events like WWI and BlizzCon -- they do so to serve the community that's grown up around their games (and, let's be fair, market and advertise their products to the core of their fanbase). And the community loves those events, both hearing about and attending them. Which is why it was a surprise to no one (except maybe Blizzard themselves) that when the ticket sales kicked off Monday morning, it was a nightmare -- the site was hammered by fans trying desperately to buy tickets, the Failoc was a familiar sight, and within a few hours, even's main site was down.

Everyone could have predicted that there'd be problems like that -- when a fanbase of 11 million tries to buy 12,000 tickets, of course you're going to have technical problems. But Blizzard's mishandling of the situation didn't happen on Monday morning -- anyone can suffer from server outages. It happened over the next two days, days full of frustration, endless page refreshing, and a lack of useful communication from Blizzard about just what was happening.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Fan stuff, WoW Insider Business, Blizzard, News items, Guides, BlizzCon

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