Everything You Need to Know About BlizzCon® 2017

Heading to BlizzCon 2017 or joining us with the Virtual Ticket? Here’s what you need to know to make the most of your adventure, including a roundup of what’s new this year.

First and foremost, check out the schedule and map for details on the events and esports tournaments, including developer discussions, the Community Night contests, and Muse’s closing performance on Saturday night. Download the BlizzCon Guide app to plan your strategy.

Watch the Opening Ceremony LIVE on Mythic, Overwatch, and Hearthstone Stages

This year, the Opening Ceremony will be presented LIVE on three different stages, with developers on the Mythic Stage, in the Overwatch Arena, and on the Hearthstone Tournament Stage. The presentations will also be simulcast at locations throughout the convention center.

The Opening Ceremony begins at 11am PT on Friday, and you can watch free on www.blizzcon.com/watch.

Four Stages of Game and Community Content

This year’s convention features four stages of game updates, developer discussions, community sessions, and more—and that’s not counting the five esports stages dedicated to the BlizzCon tournament action. Here’s a breakdown of the kind of events you’ll discover on these four stages—head to the schedule for more details.

Mythic Stage (Hall D)

Head to the Mythic stage for this year’s main events—including the Opening Ceremony, the Community Night contests, the closing concert featuring Muse—and major game updates straight from the developers.

Legendary Stage (North Hall, Level 2)
On the Legendary stage, enjoy sessions with your favorite Blizzard voice actors; go behind-the-scenes with the Blizzard Battle.net, cinematics, and sound teams; and get even more in-depth with your favorite games.

Epic Stage (North Hall, Level 2)

The spotlight is on the Blizzard community on the Epic stage! Join your favorite community personalities and content creators for an eclectic mix of events including live podcasts, quiz shows and trivia competitions, in-depth sessions on the art of cosplay and making cool things for a living, and more.

Heroic Stage (Level 2)

Want to learn more about your favorite craft or the myriad facets of game development? The Heroic stage will host a series of fun and informative sessions featuring Blizzard engineers, live art demonstrations, storytellers, game and sound designers, and more.

New & Improved Virtual Ticket Experience

We’ve made some exciting changes to the Virtual Ticket this year to bring even more of the BlizzCon experience home to you.

For starters, all four of the stages above will be streamed live on the Virtual Ticket, while our new BlizzCon All Access channel acts as your tour guide through the show. You can also watch several series of pre-show videos NOW on www.blizzcon.com/watch to get in the BlizzCon spirit.

In addition, VODs of the All Access Channel and the four stages will be available subtitled in English, French, German, Russian, and Korean.

Read the Virtual Ticket announcement blog to learn more.

New North Hall

The Anaheim Convention Center leveled up this year with the addition of a new hall, and BlizzCon is taking it over! The brand-new North Hall features two levels—Level 1 is where where you’ll find the Legendary and Epic stages, along with the Darkmoon Faire. Level 2 is Hearthstone central—that’s where you’ll find the Hearthstone Tavern, Hearthstone tournaments, and Hearthstone demo area.

Diversity Meet-up

We’re excited to introduce a new space at BlizzCon this year that we’re calling the Blizzard Diversity Meet-Up (North Hall, Level 2 by the Darkmoon Faire), a place for all attendees who are interested to join discussions about diversity in gaming and in life. Learn more.

Attending BlizzCon in person? Here’s what you need to know, along with some live activities you’ll discover as you explore the show floor.

Show Hours
Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. PDT

Badge Pickup & BlizzCon Store
Head to Hall E to pick up your badge, then stick around to snag some swag at the BlizzCon Store, open all day Thursday. Use the Blink Shopping feature to place your order online and pick up your purchase on-site Thursday through Saturday. Registration and store location and hours are:

Anaheim Convention Center, Hall E
Thu 11/2 – 9am to 9pm
Fri 11/3 – 8am to 10pm
Sat 11/4 – 8am to 10pm

Goody Bag – Epic Upgrade Add-on for Attendees

Every attendee gets a standard BlizzCon Goody Bag when they pick up their badge (see what’s inside!), but if you want to level things up, you can purchase the optional standalone Epic Upgrade add-on ($25 USD) at the on-site BlizzCon Store.

This add-on contains one Badge Booster Pack, one Blizzard Collectible Pin Series 4 pack, one Cute But Deadly Series 3 (Overwatch Edition) figure, one Overwatch Backpack Hanger (blind box), and one BlizzCon 2017 Merchy Pin. This extra set of items will only be available on-site through Blink shopping or by heading to the store in Hall E store (limit 1 per person).

Darkmoon Faire

Silas Darkmoon’s traveling carnival returns to BlizzCon once more! Located in the new North Hall, this is your go-to location for pin trading, capsule toys, visit Publishers Row, face painting, temporary tattoos, and other wondrous sundries. You can also submit your questions for the World of Warcraft Live Q&A here.

Hearthstone Tavern

Pull up a chair and play a few rounds at this legendary Fireside Gathering, located in the North Hall on Level 1. Learn more.

If you’re joining us online, here are some key BlizzCon events and activities you won’t want to miss…

Opening Ceremony – Friday, 11am PT

The Opening Ceremony begins at 11am on Friday, November 3, preceded by an All Access Preshow at 10:30am. You can watch both FREE on www.blizzcon.com/watch.

Community Night – Friday, 6pm PT

Friday night, the community takes center stage for a quartet of contests: the legendary costume contest, talent contest, movie contest, and art contest—hosted by Chris Hardwick. Learn more. 

Closing Ceremony & Muse Concert – Saturday, 6:30pm PT

Cap off the weekend with a closing concert featuring Grammy Award-winning band Muse! Learn more.

Esports Tournaments

All weekend long, the spirit of competition fills the convention center as the final rounds of the World of Warcraft® Arena World Championship, Overwatch® World Cup, StarCraft® II World Championship Series, Heroes of the Storm® Global Championship Finals, and Hearthstone® Inn-vitational play out.

Watch all of the esports FREE on www.blizzcon.com/watch, Twitch, or MLG.com. Order a Virtual Ticket for an enhanced esports viewing experience (learn more) when watching and logged in on www.blizzcon.com or the BlizzCon Mobile app.

BlizzCon Charity Auction – Bid on rare and epic Blizzard art and other treasures online—all to benefit CHOC Children’s. Learn more