All sorts of Blizzard Game memorabilia were available for purchase at a fairly reasonable price. The items ranged from key chains to beer steins, clothing to plush stuffed murlocs. The merchandise was only available during the event and could not be purchased anywhere else. Although the lines were long, Blizzard made sure those in line would not miss out on any of the talks happening on the main stage by providing multiple viewing screens of the main stage that could be seen from any where inside the convention hall.
Comedian, Jay Mohr, made his second appearance as the host of Blizzcon. His accurate impressions of Christopher Walken, Dick Vitale and Tracy Morgan livened up the night and got everyone watching pumped up for the contests. The first was the Costume Contest were fans dressed up as a character from any of the Blizzard games. All of the participants wore impressive and heavily detailed custom made outfits. The second was a /dance contest, World of Warcraft players imitated a dance found in game and were judged on performance and accuracy. Finally the last of the contests, /silly, were contestants performed a joke and gave the audience a chance to be their judges. The First Prize winner of the costume contest received a package consisting of a 47” Frostmourne replica sword, 2 ATI Radeon HD video cards and a DirecTV Sat-Go Z11 all retailed at $1,879.00. The two runner-ups received one Alienware Area-51 notebook and one ATI Radeon HS video card.
Blizzard also held game tournaments at this year’s Blizzcon. Competition for Warcraft III, StarCraft, and World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena took place with a top prize of $25,000 per player. The winner of the third Blizzcon StarCraft Invitational were the fantastic team from
Blizzard also accommodates the unfortunate people that couldn’t personally attend this year’s Blizzcon by DirecTV. This year was also a first for Blizzcon to be broadcast as a live Pay Per View event available exclusively through the satellite company. Although subscribers will not be getting a goodie bag, they will still receive a Blizzcon card containing a special in game mount for World of Warcraft and a beta key for an up coming expansion or StarCraft II beta. The biggest Blizzcon to date was a huge success and highly entertaining. How will Blizzard top 2008’s turn out? You’ll just have to wait and see until the next Blizzcon.