Mitsubishi sponsorship lost but BlizzCon 2019 moves ahead as planned
Amid a lot of controversy caused by Blizzard’s behaviour regarding the Hong Kong protests and the players that openly supported them, Blizzard’s biggest yearly event nearly snuck up on us: the BlizzCon 2019. What happened still impacted the event though – after employees walked out of work and lawmakers complained about the company caving to pressure from China, a company ended its sponsorship for Blizzard’s events, including this one.
Mitsubishi Motors Taiwan ended their work together and refused further comment on the matter. Now the loss of this sponsor doesn’t exactly impact the running of the event, but it does show that Blizzard’s actions have not been forgotten.
In the meantime, BlizzCon 2019 is taking place in the company’s Anaheim convention centre as is the case every year. The event is taking place the upcoming weekend, on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of November.
BlizzCon 2019 Tickets and More
This year’s ticket can once again be attended in one of two different ways – either in person or virtually. The virtual tickets can be bought online for €39.99 and grant access to all streams of events as well as some virtual goodies like in-game skins and other loot items.
This ticket gives access to interviews, insights, panels and community festivities. The opening ceremony, as well as the esports tournaments that are taking place, will be free to watch for anyone. If you are interested, you can watch them either on BlizzCon.com or the BlizzCon Mobile App.
Download it now in time for the November 1st kick-off at 7pm local time. After that, tournaments kick off straight away, such as the Overwatch World Cup Group Stage, as well as the Hearthstone Global Finals Group A matches and some others. You can find the complete schedule on the Blizzcon.com website.
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There will also be a charity auction that starts just before the event itself does and run all the way through to the 5th of November. For sale are special items such as signed casts and even a server blade signed by WoW developers.
Be sure not to miss out on any of the content you are interested in, whether it’s the Overwatch World Cup, the World of Warcraft tournaments or even the Hearthstone Global Finals. Among the many non-tournament events you’ll find a cosplay exhibition, community night events, career insights and a few more, as of yet unannounced panels.
All of this is taking place across half a dozen stages in the Anaheim convention centre. Official in-person ticket sales are closed, but in order to cut down on illegal ticket scalping, Blizzard is offering a BlizzCon 2019 ticket exchange to give interested parties a chance to sell and buy tickets at their leisure. Different ticket categories sell for different prices of course, but if you want to buy your way to the benefit dinner taking place, you can – it’ll cost you about $2.500 to take part. More standard tickets sell for roughly $220 or thereabouts, so if you want to attend and don’t yet have a ticket, hurry up and grab one!