Update: This was our little April Fool’s joke, and the material covered in this post and the quotes cited in it were entirely invented. Blizzard had nothing to do with this joke or any input into it. Waiting on hold for 3 hours to get your WoW password reset will not earn you an advance BlizzCon 2010 ticket. (As far as we know.)

    In surprising news, Blizzard has announced that all 25,000 tickets for this year’s BlizzCon, have already sold out.  This despite the fact that the event was only announced last week, and that no ticket sales date or prices had yet been revealed. Here’s the press release:

    IRVINE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 1st, 2010—Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that its fifth BlizzCon? gaming convention, to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California on Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23, 2010, has completely sold out, less than a week after the convention was announced.  Despite the fact that tickets were not yet actually on sale, there was such a demand that the callers to Blizzard’s Tech Support Hotline were offered the opportunity to purchase advance tickets as a thank you for their patience with the 3-4 hour phone hold times.

    ?We didn’t intend to sell all of them already, but I guess the vast, password-losing World of Warcraft community spread the word, and one thing led to another,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment, speaking from his new yacht. ?We?re looking forward to another great show, with some of our most passionate, patient, credit card-possessing fans. Plus it was really cool to beat last year’s fifteen second ticket sell out time. Word to the wise; Blizzcon 2011 is filling up fast.”

    In addition to serving as a gathering place for Blizzard Entertainment gaming communities, BlizzCon will offer attendees a chance to enjoy:

    • Hands-on play time with upcoming Blizzard Entertainment games everyone in attendance has already pre-ordered.
    • Discussion panels with Blizzard Entertainment developers and malfunctioning PowerPoint? animations.
    • Competitive and casual tournaments at which diminutive Koreans will demonstrate their point and click superiority.
    • Outrageously expensive inflatable plastic merchandise based on Blizzard Entertainment?s game universes.
    • On-site alcohol sales, if you consider warm bottles of Mike’s Hard Lemonade? “alcohol.”
    • Booth babes in historically accurate mage and Night Elf costumes who you may not touch, breath on, or make eye contact with. And no, they really don’t.
    • Soullessly lit line simulators.
    • Ping pong tables off in some dark corner. Again.

    The previous BlizzCon was held in Anaheim in August 2009. Tickets to the event sold out in minutes, a record that was easily beaten this year. Highlights included the announcement of World of Warcraft?: Cataclysm?, the unveiling of a new playable class in Diablo? III, the first public hands-on with the single-player campaign of StarCraft? II: Wings of Liberty?, and a closing concert featuring the partially-reanimated corpse of rock legend Ozzy Osbourne.

    Further details about BlizzCon 2010, including why everyone but you got tickets, will be announced on the official BlizzCon website, http://www.blizzcon.com, as the event draws closer.

    BlizzCon is a celebration of the global player communities surrounding Blizzard Entertainment?s Warcraft?, StarCraft?, and Diablo? universes.

    Update: DiabloWikiBashiok commented on this news in typically irreverent fashion.

    Better luck next year, guys. If you liked it you should have rolled need on it. QQ

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