Want to watch all the Blizzcon 2016 action live as it happens? Here’s your complete guide to watching this year’s Blizzcon panels, Q&As, eSports competitions and more.
This year’s Blizzcon takes place on November 4 and 5 in Anaheim, California. There will be panels for all of Blizzard’s major games franchises, including Warcraft, Diablo, Starcraft, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch.
How to watch Blizzcon 2016
The good news is that you can watch the entirety of Blizzcon 2016 online via live stream. But the bad news is that you’ll have to pay for it.
Anyone who wants to watch the Blizzcon 2016 live streams will need a ‘Virtual Ticket’, which costs £24.99 and grants access to “comprehensive coverage of the show”. You’ll get to see panels, contests, interviews, and the closing ceremony featuring a performance from Weird Al Yankovic.
The Virtual Ticket broadcasts stream in high definition (720p) resolution, and are available to watch on desktop as well as through the free BlizzCon Guide mobile app. For desktop users, Blizzard recommends the following browsers:
- Google Chrome 51.x
- Mozilla Firefox 47.x
- Apple Safari 9.x
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 11.x
You’re limited to one Virtual Ticket per Battle.net account, and you’ll only be able to watch content broadcast in the English language. The stream will be broadcast in Pacific Time (that’s Anaheim’s local timezone), but replays will be available for two weeks after the event.
If you purchase a Virtual Ticket, you’ll also be given several in-game goodies, including:
- Legionnaire Murky and Knight-Captain Murky pets for WoW
- Blizzcon 2016 Bastion skin for Overwatch
- 20th anniversary pet for Diablo 3
- Welcome Inn card back for Hearthstone
- Nexus Tiger mount for Heroes of the Storm
- "Mysterious new content" for StarCraft II
And if you’re willing to fork out an additional $35 USD, the Virtual Ticket allows you to buy a Blizzcon Goody Bag, which comes with:
- Blizzcon X Commemorative Stein
- World of Warcraft Faction Coast
- Heroes of the Storm ETC Guitar Pick Keychain
- Hearthstone Microfiber Tablet Cleaning Cloth
- Overwatch Inflatable Reinhardt Rocket Hammer
- StarCraft II Baby Overlord Antenna Topper
- Diablo III Gaming Dice Set
Unfortunately, there’s no way to watch Blizzcon 2016 online for free – at least not legally. However, if you’re not willing to pay, you’ll be able to follow the events live online, including right here at TrustedReviews.
You can find the Blizzcon panel schedule over at our Blizzcon 2016 hub page.
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