BlizzCon tickets go on sale in less than a week. Prepare yourself for a gruesome battle in obtaining entry to one of the happiest, places in geekdom! This year’s ticket process is massively different from last year and we here at GAMEBREAKER TV want to have you combat ready.
Like last year, BlizzCon tickets will be split into two different batches sold at different times. The first one will be on Wednesday, May 7th at 7pm PDT. The second batch of BlizzCon tickets will be on Saturday, May 10th at 10am PDT. The tickets have had a $25 increase since last year and are now being sold at $199 (plus applicable tax and fees) per person.
There will also be a chance for a limited number of tickets for an exclusive pre-BlizzCon Benefit Dinner. Those tickets will go on sale Wednesday, May 14 at 7pm PDT for $750 per person (plus applicable tax and fees). The Benefit Dinner tickets includes a BlizzCon admission ticket and all proceeds will go towards the Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
This year, BlizzCon tickets will not be through the Blizzard website and instead it is being hosted through Eventbrite. After Blizzard Entertainment separated their physical gear from the digital with an all new web design on both fronts, it’s possible that the thought of having BlizzCon tickets through them wasn’t quite ready. But the way tickets were sold last year was a whole lot stressful than what is about to be explained.
As stated, all tickets will be hosted through Eventbrite with Blizzard at www.blizzcon2014.eventbrite.com. Ticket availability will be live with a page refresh–get your F5 cleaned in preparation. According to Eventbrite, they have been working with their engineers to make sure that the site can handle the millions of players who will be spamming that refresh so the site won’t crash (note: Eventbrite never ticketed the San Diego Comic Con).
Unlike last year, there will not be a queue system. Eventbrite has not updated their site to have that sort of programming. If tickets are not available, you will not be able to click the “Order Now” button on the site, and you will need to refresh the page to see if tickets are available again. So it will be a first come, first server bases (much like a Retribution Paladin’s rotation). Note: This has since changed. See below.*
*You may be put in a “waiting room” before you enter the check out process. Ticket buyers will be sent from the waiting room to check out similar to a queue system. There will be no need to refresh.
Before you even click the “Order Now” make sure you set your quantity beforehand. You will not be able to edit this after clicking the “Order Now” button. The default quantity for the event is automatically set to 1, so again, make sure you have the correct quantity you want if you are trying to order with a group of friends. But you can only purchase 4 tickets per household!
Once you have successfully clicked “Order Now” you will have eight minutes** to input your payment with Eventbrite. If you fail to complete your transaction in eight minutes, your tickets will be release back to the public.
You will be required to enter the first and last name and email address of each attendee for whom you are planning to purchase a ticket. You will be able to update this information until June 6 through your Eventbrite account (an account will be created for you during the ticket-purchasing process, if you don’t have one already). If you don’t have this information at the time of purchase, please enter your own name and email address for all tickets, and remember to update the information before the deadline. See the Badge Information section for more details.
Finally, it is highly recommended that you become familiar with Eventbrite before ticket sales. Make an account, save the event (it will require Facebook for saving), and you will have your weapon honed for BlizzCon.
Two months before the event, those who have successfully purchased BlizzCon tickets will receive up to four e-mails, each one containing a unique bar code that will gain them entry to the convention floor and their badges. The name on the bar code e-mail must match the name on your photo ID.
If you do not know who you will be purchasing tickets for, you must put in your full name and e-mail address for all tickets bought. The ticket purchaser must bring all e-mailed bar codes, along with matching photo ID, to pick up the BlizzCon badges and distribute them to their guests.
Minors Attending BlizzCon Without Their Own Photo ID: Bring your bar code email directly to the Solutions Desk (located in Hall E) at BlizzCon, along with the original credit card used to purchase the ticket and the purchaser’s original photo ID (digital copies will be accepted; front and back of credit card required). You will be required to answer a series of security questions, and may be required to call the ticket purchaser if he or she is not already on-site with you.
Adult Attending With a Minor: If you wish to avoid having to make a special trip to the Solutions Desk, as an alternative to the above you can enter your own name in place of the minor’s attendee information. This will allow you to pick up the badge with your own photo ID, after which you can give the badge to the minor accompanying you.
Attendee Name Changes After June 6: If a guest is no longer able to attend the show and you would like to bring a different guest, you and/or the replacement guest will need to bring *all* of the following items to the Name Change Desk for assistance:
IMPORTANT NOTE: You must present a legible copy of the front and back of the purchaser’s credit card and ID to make any changes to the badges.
A huge thank you to Elvine for contacting Eventbrite with questions and concerns through Twitter.
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