Revered among the fans, BlizzCon is a gaming convention held by Blizzard Entertainment to promote its major franchises. What started as a promotion for the additional playable races in World of Warcraft, soon grew to be one of the most important gaming events in the world. The convention is featuring Q&A panels, trailers, and presentations for the upcoming Blizzard games. For true Blizzard fans, Blizzcon is the place to be.
Soaring Numbers of visitors
Lovers of video games aren’t known for their outgoing nature, but even so, Blizzcon was able to attract the audience. The admission for the first Blizzcon cost $50, and there was the modest number of 8000 visitors. Compare that to BlizzCon 2017, when over 35 000 people paid the $199 price to visit the conference, and you will see where it’s all going – BlizzCon is growing, and so is its audience.
Online Audience And e-sports
The numbers of visitors are nothing next to the numbers of people who use the option to view the stream of some of the various Blizzcon e-sports competitions. Overall peak attendance for a single Overwatch match was over 840 000! And since some of the best competitive games in the world are the product of Blizzard – it is hard to choose! Overwatch, Starcraft, Hearthstone, HOTS, WOW Arena – it’s all there! Last year alone it was reported that over 100 000 different bets came in on different sportsbooks on matches at Blizzcon. Most of them was from betting on Overwatch.
It’s About More Than Just Gaming
It’s simple to label BlizzCon as a gaming conference, but it is so much more than just that. It’s a festival of entertainment, celebrating creativity. Of course, gaming is the centerpiece – but there is more. Panels, discussions, workshops – and of course the famous closing concert. Likes of Tenacious D, Foo Fighters, Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica performed at the closing ceremony. So, even if you aren’t into gaming, maybe you should give BlizzCon a chance.