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BlizzCon 2008 was announced on May 12th, 2008 by Blizzard. It was held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California on October 10 and 11. In response to the demand to accommodate more attendees, that year's event expanded from two convention halls to three.[1]

Highlights for BlizzCon 2008 include;

  • 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
  • Samwise Didier and Dustin Browder explained the unit-creation process.[2]

Tickets for BlizzCon went on sale at a price of $100 USD per person starting August 11, 2008. As the event draws closer, further details will be announced on the official BlizzCon website.

A build of StarCraft II was available at BlizzCon.[3] In addition, keys were given out[4] which gave access to beta keys as of March 2009.[5]

EventsEdit

  • StarCraft II Gameplay (Friday October 10th, 3:00 PM PST)
  • StarCraft II Art (Friday October 10th, 4:30 PM PST)
  • StarCraft Lore (Saturday October 11th, 12:00 PM PST)
  • Blizzard Cinematics
  • Blizzard Sound and Music[6]

Schedule and FloorplanEdit

Live ViewingEdit

WoW RadioEdit

WoW Radio will be streaming BlizzCon's announcements and panels live and for free. Afterwards the material will be packaged into podcasts for later downloading and listening.[7][8]

DirecTVEdit

Blizzard Entertainment and DirecTV showed 16 hours of Blizzard game events live at BlizzCon. Fans who subscribed to DirecTV through Blizzard's special offer were able to watch the live coverage for free.[9]

VideosEdit

StarCraft II VideosEdit

STARCRAFT 2 'Opening Cinematic' Teaser HD (BlizzCon 08)02:10

STARCRAFT 2 'Opening Cinematic' Teaser HD (BlizzCon 08)

Trilogy AnnouncementEdit

STARCRAFT 2 'Trilogy Announcement' Conference (BlizzCon 08)04:20

STARCRAFT 2 'Trilogy Announcement' Conference (BlizzCon 08)

Sarah Kerrigan CinematicEdit

STARCRAFT 2 'Kerrigan Storyboards' Feature HD (BlizzCon 08)02:26

STARCRAFT 2 'Kerrigan Storyboards' Feature HD (BlizzCon 08)

Wings of LibertyEdit

STARCRAFT 2 'Bar Reunion' Cinematic HD (BlizzCon 08)02:38

STARCRAFT 2 'Bar Reunion' Cinematic HD (BlizzCon 08)

STARCRAFT 2 'Return of the Zerg' Cinematic HD (BlizzCon 08)01:58

STARCRAFT 2 'Return of the Zerg' Cinematic HD (BlizzCon 08)

Sonkie vs YellowEdit

Blizzcon Match 1 - SC2 - Yellow vs Sonkie 1 210:01

Blizzcon Match 1 - SC2 - Yellow vs Sonkie 1 2

Blizzcon Match 1 - SC2 - Yellow vs Sonkie 2 206:07

Blizzcon Match 1 - SC2 - Yellow vs Sonkie 2 2

Yellow vs Sonkie @ Blizzcon SC2 Community Match Set 2 - P1of210:02

Yellow vs Sonkie @ Blizzcon SC2 Community Match Set 2 - P1of2

Yellow vs Sonkie @ Blizzcon SC2 Community Match Set 2 - P2of204:50

Yellow vs Sonkie @ Blizzcon SC2 Community Match Set 2 - P2of2

ReferencesEdit

  1. 2008-12-05, Blizzcon 2008 Announced. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2008-12-05
  2. Karune. 2008-09-05. StarCraft II Q&A - Batch 44. Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2008-09-05.
  3. 2008-30-08, StarCraft 2 Update: Balancing Concerns, and the Future of Multiple Building Selection. Shacknews. Accessed on 2008-31-08
  4. BlizzCon 2008: Day One Wrap-Up. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2008-10-17.
  5. Karune. 2009-03-23. How to use your BlizzCon 2008 Keys for SCII. Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2009-03-23.
  6. BlizzCon 2008. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2008-08-10.
  7. Medievaldragon. 2008-09-24. BlizzCon Live Stream !!! Blizzplanet. Accessed 2008-10-07.
  8. TotalBiscuit. 2008-09-23. WoW radio podcast. WoW Radio. Accessed 2008-10-07.
  9. Medievaldragon. 2008-08-08. BlizzCon 2008 On DIRECTV Pay-Per-View. Blizzplanet. Accessed 2008-08-10.

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