BlizzCon 2011 Tickets On Sale in May

Here’s a friendly PSA, folks. Blizzard let us know when they’d be selling tickets to their (might as well be) annual fan convention today: May 21 & May 25. Unfortunately, that also comes with a recession-unfriendly price hike from last year’s $150 to a cool $175. Maybe that’s just to stem the flow of people hammering the servers on ticket day, because they’ll no doubt sell out whatever they’re charging. At this rate, it looks like I’ll be stuck at home editing videos again and checking out pirated the official virtual feed, but I guess I have awhile to save up if I really want to go to this year’s show (and I kind of do, since anything would be better than 2010’s event).

Anyway, here are the full details on ticket prices:

BlizzCon® is a celebration of the global player communities surrounding the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® universes. This two-day event features discussion panels with Blizzard Entertainment developers, hands-on play time with the latest versions of Blizzard Entertainment games, professional and casual eSports tournaments for players to showcase their talents, social events for players and developers to meet one another, community contests with great prizes, and much more.

BlizzCon 2011 Tickets – $175 USD
Tickets to attend BlizzCon 2011 will go on sale in two batches on Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time and Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. Pacific Time. Visit the official BlizzCon website or the online Blizzard Store on either of these dates for a chance to purchase tickets.

Benefit Dinner Tickets – $500 USD (BlizzCon admission included)
On Thursday, October 20, Blizzard will host a special pre-BlizzCon dinner to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, where guests can meet and chat with game developers, executives, and other folks from Blizzard before the show. A limited number of tickets go on sale Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time.

BlizzCon Virtual Ticket – $39.99 USD
Watch BlizzCon 2011 at home! Comprehensive live coverage of BlizzCon will be available to viewers around the world as a multi-channel Internet stream and also via Pay-per-View on DIRECTV in the US. Limited streaming coverage of the opening ceremony and eSports tournaments will also be available online for free.