Larry Hryb (a.k.a. Major Nelson), director of programming for Xbox Live, announced that Windows 10 would be an official sponsor for BlizzCon 2015 – Blizzard Entertainment’s annual gaming convention. Windows 10 teaming up with Blizzard will allow XBox One users exclusive access to stream the opening ceremonies live for the first time through the Xbox Live Events interactive (XLEi) app.
Hyrb is also giving away 5 free BlizzCon passes to fans, all you have to do is shoot him an e-mail to: major at xbox.com. Winners will be chosen at random and will receive an e-mail on how to pick up their badges. Winners are also responsible for securing their own hotel and travel accommodations. The contest runs until midnight ET on October 16th and winners will be notified around October 19th.
BlizzCon 2015 will span two days starting on Friday, November 6th 2015 through Saturday, November 7th 2015, both days will start at 9:30 am and end at 10pm PT. The event is hosted at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California and features hands-on gaming with all of Blizzard’s latest titles, discussion panels with Blizzard artists and game developers, as well as various contests, announcements and attractions. With Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void to be released on November 10th, it is entirely feasible that attendees will be the first members of the public to get their hands on the finished product ahead of release.
This year’s BlizzCon will also feature the World Championships for four of their titles – World of Warcraft, Starcraft II, Heroes of the Storm, and Hearthstone. Several announcements are expected at BlizzCon 2015 including details about Blizzard’s most recently announced title, Overwatch, a multiplayer first-person shooter game, as well as World of Warcraft’s recently announced sixth expansion, World of Warcraft: Legion. Overwatch was announced last year at BlizzCon 2014 but has yet to find a date for beta release. Legion was announced two months ago at GAMESCOM and also has yet to have a beta release date.
For fans that can not be in physical attendance, Virtual Tickets can be purchased for $39.99. Virtual Ticket holders can stream the entire weekend of events through an internet browser and will have access to replays for up to 2 weeks after it ends. Virtual Ticket holders also had access to the highly coveted Blizzard Goody Bag, however they have unfortunately already sold out. A Battle.net account and Internet connection are required to purchase the Virtual Tickets.
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