Game developer Blizzard Entertainment announced on 25 April that BlizzCon, its annual convention, will return to the Anaheim Convention Centre in California this November.
Featuring a wide range of attractions and activities, BlizzCon brings attendees together for a weekend of gaming, in-depth developer panels, world-class esports competitions, cosplay and “opportunities for community creativity to shine in the spotlight”.
This year, the convention is expanding to include “more active hall space” at the convention centre, and a “fun and casual get-together” called BlizzCon Pregame Festivities that will fun outside of the centre on the day before the show starts.
BlizzCon is also offering a new ticket option in 2019 – the BlizzCon Portal Pass – that offers holders an array of perks, including access to exclusive events, priority entry to the show, preferred parking, separate registration and security lines, a dedicated lounge and more.
The Portal Pass is one of three ticket options alongside the core BlizzCon Pass which will offer holders the same full general-admission access as it has in previous years.
Convention-goers also have the option to attend the annual BlizzCon Benefit Dinner, where they can meet and chat with developers, artists, and other folks from Blizzard the night before the show at a laid-back charity dinner.
Dinner attendees also get full general-admission access to the show and all of the perks provided with the Portal Pass. Net proceeds from the dinner will go to benefit CHOC Children’s, whose stated mission is to nurture, advance, and protect the health and well-being of children.
“BlizzCon has served as a home away from home for the Blizzard community, a place where online friends can meet up in real life and new friendships are formed,” J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment, said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone to the show this year, reconnecting, celebrating, and sharing some of our latest developments.”
BlizzCon 2019 will take place on 1 and 2 November with tickets going on-sale in two waves: Saturday 4 May and Wednesday 8 May. Further details, including different ticketing options, attendee perks, the collectible statues, and more can be found at www.blizzcon.com.
In addition to applicable taxes and fees, pricing is US$229 for the BlizzCon Pass, US$550 for the BlizzCon Portal Pass and US$750 for the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner. Prospective convention attendees can make advance hotel reservations now and receive special BlizzCon rates by booking through the BlizzCon hotel website.