Blizzcon 2009 Photos

blizzcon_1Line to pick up badges

Just got back from Blizzcon today. Here are some photos I took during the two day convention.

blizzcon_2Badge pickup booths

blizzcon_3Snaking line to get in on opening day

blizzcon_4What you see right after you walk in the doors

blizzcon_5What you see after you walk in second set of doors

Opening Ceremony:

blizzcon_6Waiting for Opening Ceremony to start

blizzcon_7The Main Event Hall could fit quite a large number of people

blizzcon_8Had to sit quite far back

blizzcon_9Mike Morhaime, CEO and Co-Founder of Blizzard

Demo Areas:

blizzcon_10Starcraft 2 Demo Area

blizzcon_11WoW: Cataclysm Demo Area

blizzcon_12Diablo 3 Demo Area

Starcraft Tournament Area:

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Warcraft III Tournament Area:

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World of Warcraft Arena Tournament Area:

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blizzcon_19Commentators for the arena matches

blizzcon_20TSG from US/Canada – Global Champions

blizzcon_21Shipit from South Korea – Runner-up

Partner Booths:

blizzcon_22Razor

blizzcon_23NVIDIA

blizzcon_24Print Warcraft

Sculptures:

blizzcon_25Side of Dark Portal

blizzcon_26Dwarf

blizzcon_27Illidan the Betrayer

blizzcon_28Kerrigan – Queen of Blades

blizzcon_29Orc and Wolf

And that’s it! The convention was quite enjoyable with my only issue being the long lines due to the massive amounts of people there. It was my first time going this year since I wanted to see what it was like, and I’m still debating whether to go next year.

Blizzard had a total of 1,700 PCs set up for the convention. I tried out all the demos which were the Starcraft II Campaign, Starcraft II Multiplayer, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, and Diablo III. The allotted playtime for each demo was 20 minutes, which was more than I expected. I thought Starcraft II was the best out of the three with Diablo III being click and kill and WoW: Cataclysm still just WoW.

For the tournaments, I was fortunate enough to have a front row seat which made things more exciting. It was fun seeing the crowd’s reactions and cheers for the different teams. The first place winners for the three tournaments were given $25,000 USD per individual, quite a substantial amount of money. =O

As for the partner booths, it was basically trying to get free stuff. I didn’t win any of the larger prizes, but I did get free t-shirts and beanies. ^^;

It seems like there were either more Horde players there or they were just louder. Their cheers were way better than the Alliance during the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Even though I don’t play WoW anymore – FOR THE HORDE!

Anyone else go to Blizzcon this year?

2 Comments to “Blizzcon 2009 Photos”

  1. phossil says:

    1,700 pcs?? Wow, many happy gamers I think. ^^

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    Reltair Reply:

    The lines for the game demos moved fairly quickly and the allotted playtime was fair, which equals happy gamers. ^^

    Plus, we all did get to play the games before release.

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