Blizzard Entertainment's BlizCon 2017 may still be in November, but tickets for the gaming convention will already be out by next month.
The video game developer released an official announcement confirming that the first batch of tickets to this year's two-day gathering and community celebration will go on sale beginning April 5 at 7 p.m. PDT. The second batch, on the other hand, will be available on April 8 at 10 a.m. PDT. Tickets will be priced at $199 sans applicable taxes and other fees.
Prior to the start of the BlizzCon 2017 on Nov. 3 and 4, the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner will also take place on Nov. 2 to raise funds for the benefit of the Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). "Attendees will have a chance to talk games, swap stories, and share a drink or two with Blizzard developers and community representatives, and Blizzard will donate the net proceeds to the hospital," the Blizzard announcement said. Tickets for the Benefit Dinner are priced at $750, and these will go on sale beginning April 12 at 7 p.m. PDT on a limited basis.
Furthermore, Blizzard will also give gaming enthusiasts who cannot join the celebration in person, a chance to enjoy the celebration right in the comfort of their homes via online streaming through the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket.
Meanwhile, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime shared his excitement in a statement via BusinessWire. "BlizzCon will be here again before we know it, and we're looking forward to catching up with the community, taking in the awesome esports action, and showing everyone what we've been working on," said the company's top honcho. "We're already hard at work making this year's show an unforgettable experience—we can't wait to see everyone there," he added.
In addition, the BusinessWire report also speculated some of the highlights fans and gamers can look forward to such, as Q&A panels and panel discussions with developers and artists, community contests and prizes, and competitions involving some of Blizzard's most iconic titles. These games include "World of Warcraft," "Hearthstone," "Starcraft II," "Heroes of Storm," and "Overwatch."
BlizzCon 2017 will take place in Southern California at the Anaheim Convention Center.