UPDATE: Our gnomes and goblins are putting the finishing touches on a few products for this yearâ€™s BlizzCon 2016 online merchandise sale, so itâ€™s now scheduled to begin on October 12. Visit our sneak peek for more info, including a sneak peek at whatâ€™s coming to the store.
We know not everyone can make it to Anaheim for BlizzCon, but thanks to a fusion of protoss warp technology, dimension-ripping goblin engineering, and cutting-edge Vishkar teleportation techniques, you can join the fun no matter where you are in the universeâ€”introducing the BlizzCon 2016 Virtual Ticket!
The BlizzCon Virtual Ticket is your personal online and mobile portal to this yearâ€™s show, taking place Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5â€”and itâ€™s available to order now for $39.99 USD.
The Virtual Ticket grants you access to two online channels of live-streaming HD coverage on both days of the show, and features all of the developer panels on the main and panel stages, exclusive in-depth interviews, the epic closing ceremony, the community contests on Friday evening, and more. Youâ€™ll also be able to watch on-demand replays for at least three weeks after the show.
Bonus BlizzCon Loot
The Virtual Ticket will also unlock a collection of in-game goodies for multiple Blizzard games, including World of Warcraft, Diablo III, Hearthstone, StarCraft II, Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatchâ€”stay tuned for more details.*
Once again, Virtual Ticket buyers also have the option to snag their own BlizzCon 2016 Goody Bagâ€”only this year, itâ€™s a Goody Bag in a Boxâ€”featuring an assortment of items to commemorate the occasion. Inside this crate full of collectibles, youâ€™ll find limited-edition stein to raise in celebration of our 10th BlizzCon together, along with a treasure trove of real-world loot based on your favorite Blizzard games.
This box of goodies is available to pre-purchase now through the Blizzard Gear Store for an additional $35 USD (plus tax, shipping, and applicable fees; limit 1 per Virtual Ticket). Supplies are limited, so be sure to claim one while you can. Click here to see whatâ€™s inside and learn more about how to order.
The Virtual Ticket also grants you access to our limited-time online BlizzCon merchandise sale that kicks off before the show. This yearâ€™s sale is scheduled to run from October 12 through November 6, and features a selection of commemorative items debuting at the show.** Stay tuned for more details about what weâ€™re stocking in this yearâ€™s store.
Free Opening Ceremony and Esports Streams
Even if you donâ€™t purchase a Virtual Ticket, youâ€™ll still be able to catch tons of BlizzCon content online for free. Coverage of the BlizzCon opening ceremony and this yearâ€™s BlizzCon esports tournamentsâ€”including the global finals for the StarCraft II World Championship Series, Hearthstone World Championship, World of Warcraft Arena World Championship, Heroes of the Storm Fall Championship, and moreâ€”will be streamed for free in HD at www.blizzcon.com.
To order a Virtual Ticket, head to the Virtual Ticket page. For more information, read the FAQ below.
*Diablo III in-game content for PC/Mac version only. To redeem Overwatch in-game content for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, players must link their Battle.net account to a PlayStation NetworkÂ® account or Xbox LiveÂ® account respectively. For more information on account linking, visit https://us.battle.net/support/en/article/linking-your-battlenet-account-on-consoles.
**While supplies last. All orders will be shipped from the United States. lnternational shipping rates may apply.
BlizzConÂ® 2016 Virtual Ticket FAQ
What is the BlizzConÂ® 2016 Virtual Ticket?
The BlizzCon 2016 Virtual Ticket offers comprehensive live HD coverage of Blizzard Entertainmentâ€™s two-day gaming celebration, taking place November 4 and 5, via a multichannel Internet stream.
When you purchase the Virtual Ticket, youâ€™ll be able to switch freely between multiple high-definition (up to 720p) channels dedicated to different areas of BlizzCon, allowing viewers expanded access to the content they're most interested in. The Virtual Ticket grants you complete access to the main stage and panel stage channels, featuring the following BlizzCon content:
- Developer Panels: Get the latest news and firsthand developer insight into the creation of your favorite Blizzard games.
- Exclusive Interviews: Dig deeper into the Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo, and Overwatch universes in exclusive interviews with Blizzard developers.
- Costume and Talent Contests: Get a great view of the creativity on display in the legendary BlizzCon Costume Contest and epic Talent Contest.
- Closing Ceremony: Be there for the closing festivities on Saturday night, celebrating two full days of Blizzard gaming and community.
Limited high-definition coverage of the opening ceremony and BlizzCon esports tournaments will be available online for free, including the Global Finals of the 2016 StarCraftÂ® II World Championship Series, World of WarcraftÂ® Arena World Championship, HearthstoneÂ® World Championship, Heroes of the StormÂ® Fall Championship, and more. Keep an eye on www.blizzcon.com for more information.
If I order the BlizzCon 2016 Virtual Ticket, will I receive the commemorative BlizzCon 2016 in-game goodies?
Yes, Virtual Ticket holders will also receive commemorative BlizzCon 2016 in-game goodies for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch (details to be announced at a later date). The goodies will be linked to the Battle.net account used to purchase or redeem the Virtual Ticket, and will be available in-game at or before the start of BlizzCon. Stay tuned for more information.
Note that to redeem the Overwatch in-game content for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, players must link their Battle.net account to a PlayStation NetworkÂ® account or Xbox LiveÂ® account respectively. For more information on account linking, visit https://us.battle.net/support/en/article/linking-your-battlenet-account-on-consoles. Diablo III in-game content is available on PC and Mac only.
Once I purchase my Virtual Ticket, how do I pre-purchase an optional BlizzCon 2016 Goody Bag in a Box?
This year, Virtual Ticket buyers have the option to purchase one â€œGoody Bag in a Boxâ€â€”and just like the name implies, itâ€™s a lot like the usual BlizzCon Goody Bag, only in a box instead of a bag.
Once youâ€™ve completed your Virtual Ticket purchase or redeemed your Virtual Ticket code, log in to the Blizzard Gear Store (http://gear.blizzard.com) using the same Battle.net account. Look for the callout on the front page, or click BlizzCon 2016 in the top navigation bar, where youâ€™ll be able to pre-purchase (limit 1 per Virtual Ticket and Battle.net account).
Please note that supplies are limited, and buying a Virtual Ticket does *not* guarantee that youâ€™ll be able to also buy a Goody Bag in a Box. Orders will be shipped closer to the start of BlizzCon. For more information, see the Goody Bag in a Box FAQ.
Will replays of Virtual Ticket content be available after BlizzCon is over?
Yes! Anyone with a Virtual Ticket will be able to access on-demand replays of the main and panel stage streams for at least three weeks after the end of the event. VODs of the esports events will also be available for free.
How will I access the BlizzCon online merchandise sale for Virtual Ticket buyers?
The pre-BlizzCon merchandise for BlizzCon attendees and Virtual Ticket holders is scheduled to begin October 12.
After purchasing or redeeming a code for a Virtual Ticket, your Battle.net account will automatically be flagged to get access to the merchandise sale when it begins. Visit www.blizzcon.com closer to the sale for more information.
Please note that items purchased in this sale will be shipped from the United States. Not all countries may be eligible to participate, and international shipping rates and other fees may apply. For more information, see the Blizzard Gear Store Shipping article on our support site.
How do I order the Virtual Ticket?
You can order the Virtual Ticket directly through the Battle.net Shop. Be sure to make your purchase on the Battle.net account you wish to use to watch the show, receive the in-game goodies, and access the â€œGoody Bag in a Boxâ€ presale and BlizzCon merchandise sale. Also make sure you have a valid, updated payment method associated with your Battle.net account. If you do not yet have a Battle.net account, you can create one for free on the Battle.net website.
How can I watch online?
You can watch the Virtual Ticket streams directly through BlizzCon.com. Youâ€™ll also be able to download the free BlizzCon 2016 mobile app (coming soon) and watch Virtual Ticket content thereâ€”stay tuned for more information.
In what languages will the Virtual Ticket Internet stream be available?
The BlizzCon 2016 Virtual Ticket Internet stream and DIRECTV broadcast will be available in English only.
In which regions is the Virtual Ticket available for purchase?
The BlizzCon Virtual Ticket is available through the Battle.net Shop in the Americas, Europe, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Korea, and Southeast Asia (pricing and availability varies by region). The Virtual Ticket will also be available in China (sold separately). Keep in mind the Virtual Ticket stream purchased through the Battle.net Shop will be available only in English.
What are the system requirements and minimum bandwidth requirements to view the live stream?
Weâ€™ll have more information on the system requirements and minimum bandwidth requirements to view the stream closer to the event.
Do I need to purchase a Virtual Ticket if Iâ€™ve already purchased a ticket to attend BlizzCon in person?
Live BlizzCon attendees also get a Virtual Ticket with their BlizzCon ticket purchase. BlizzCon ticket purchasers should have already received a code (one per ticket purchased) which can be used to unlock the Virtual Ticket and associated perks on a single Battle.net account. These codes were emailed directly to the BlizzCon ticket purchaser, so check with the person who bought your ticket if you havenâ€™t yet received your code.
I plan to purchase the BlizzCon 2016 Pay Per View event through DIRECTV. Do I need to purchase the Virtual Ticket separately to also watch online?
For those who opt to purchase the BlizzCon 2016 DIRECTV Pay Per View (coming soon), the Virtual Ticket Internet stream will be included with your order. After ordering through DIRECTV, you will receive an email from DIRECTV containing a code that will grant one Battle.net account access to the Virtual Ticket and associated bonuses. You will be able to redeem your code hereâ€”just make sure to redeem the code using the Battle.net account on which you wish to receive your in-game goodies.
Note that the DIRECTV Pay Per View broadcast is not included with purchases of the Virtual Ticket made through the Battle.net Shop. More information on the DIRECTV BlizzCon 2016 Pay Per View event, including how to order through DIRECTV, will be available at a later date.