As most of you know by now, I’m sure, when Blizzcon tickets went on sale, there were a lot of problems.
My two good friends, Doodlebug and Eustacious, are pretty crushed. They are friends that are doing The Road to Blizzcon comic, and were actually going to meet together in real life and go to Blizzcon together.
Doodlebug got his ticket… Eustacious was online at the same time as Doodle, both were talking to each other, cheering each other on… Eustacious had his tickets too, but once he got to the actual ‘pay and place your order’ screen, they were sold out.
On the official World of Warcraft site, Mike Morhaime has made an announcement about the problems people had with the Blizzcon tickets.
On behalf of everyone at Blizzard, I want to apologize for the challenges and frustrations you experienced while trying to purchase BlizzCon tickets on Monday and Tuesday. BlizzCon is about the positive experiences you all have had with Blizzard games. As a result of this week’s events, the excitement that many of you felt about the show has turned into dissatisfaction and disappointment.
Due to these circumstances, we’ve reevaluated our convention hall space and come up with some solutions that will allow us to offer 3,000 more tickets for sale. We know this will not be enough to satisfy the very high level of demand for tickets this year, but we want to ensure that BlizzCon remains a great experience for those of you who are able to attend. To avoid the issues many of you faced this week, we’ll be selling these 3,000 via a lottery. We’ll post further details once our plans are finalized. Please note that the lottery will only be open to those with an active Blizzard Account as of 9:00 PM PDT on August 12, the time that the “Sold Out” notice was posted.
I, and everyone else at Blizzard, share the frustration and disappointment that many of you have expressed as a result of this process. We’ll do what it takes to avoid this type of situation in the future.
May I say, from the depths of my heart, that I hope that everyone that I know, and everyone that visits here, who truly wanted tickets to Blizzcon gets lucky on the lottery.
Sadly, someone has to lose, so let it be all those faceless strangers that aren’t wise enough to read my site.
For myself, there shall be no Blizzcon.
Cassie and I talked about it, and we agreed that if we’d discussed it 9 months ago, and made plans to have it be part of our families’ week long summer vacation, then we might have been able to swing it. Having to buy a $100 ticket for our son Alex would have been stupid, but okay. We could have done it. But we didn’t.
Maybe next year.
For myself, I’ve got a friend with Direct TV.
I’ve already talked to him, and I’m gonna give him the $40 for the Pay Per View of the Blizzcon, and he’s gonna Tivo it for me and give me the code for the polar bear mount with the murloc hat.
Then he’s gonna make me some tapes of the 16 hours of Blizzcon off of Tivo, and I’ll be able to watch it in the comfort of my own home.
Is it the same as being there?
No, but this way I can drink lots of Guinness and shout insults at the screen as they announce lies about my Druid getting Dire Cat form.
Good times, good times….