What to Expect at Blizzcon 2017: What We Know So Far

Anyone who loves gaming has heard of Blizzcon. It’s Blizzard’s massive gaming celebration that basically infests and takes over a town for one weekend a year. This year’s ground zero is in Anaheim California, at the Anaheim Convention Center, from Friday, November 3rd to Saturday, November 4th, 2017. They’ve already released three rounds of tickets – and all three are sold out. Of course, if you can’t make it to California, no worries. There are always virtual tickets available for sale as well – which is what I always do. Being the 11th year for Blizzcon and with so much going on in the Blizzard world, I am sure there will be tons of news that will have us all cheering. So, let’s take a look at some of the things they’ve already set out for the Blizzcon stages:

Contests

Blizzard has been a little tight-lipped on contests and how they are changing things around, but one of my all-time favorite things, the costume contest, will still be a go. I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love seeing some of the costumes and the crafting that goes into them.

StarCraft II WCS

If you haven’t seen the major announcement on the epic payout that the winner of the WCS will bank, you need to check it out here on our site. (Note: be prepared to be blown away at the amount. Really.) The global finals for the WCS will happen at Blizzcon this year, so you’ll be able to see these crazy gamers in action.

World of Warcraft World Championship

What would Blizzcon be without an epic World of Warcraft battle or twelve? At Blizzcon this year, twelve teams will battle it out for their share of $280K. These arena teams will be split into groups from these areas: four teams from North America, four teams from Europe, two teams from China, one team from Latin America and one team from the Pacific. What’s great about this championship is that these teams have already faced so many others and won – but now they’ll be facing teams from around the world that they’ve never come up against.

Overwatch World Cup

If you’re an Overwatch fan, then you’ll want to check out the action of the 2017 Overwatch World Cup that will happen at Blizzcon. Eight teams will face off for their chance to win a boatload of money. The exact amount hasn’t been announced yet, but last year’s prize pool topped $288K, so one can only guess that they will come close to that $300K, if not go over it.

Talks, Q&A’s and More

Blizzard hasn’t announced its line-up of talks, Q&A sessions and other great panels that they are known for, but I’m sure that list will hit soon. One of the great things about the virtual ticket is that you always have time to catch most of the talks – and hit the bathroom in between! I’ll bring you more Blizzcon 2017 news as it’s released from Blizzard.

Trying not to melt away in the heat of Oklahoma, MD Weems has been a writer and artist for over 20 years. Her written works over all types of gaming have been used in college level game design textbooks as well as in US Patents over virtual character design. She has worked with gaming companies all over the world and is even cool enough to have her own Korean cartoon character.
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