Grammy Award–winning musical icon to take the stage at Blizzard’s
epic gaming convention on November 5
Watch the concert LIVE online with the BlizzCon Virtual
Ticket—available to order now at www.blizzcon.com
IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#BlizzCon–Hoist your accordions and ready your battle-axes, because everyone’s
favorite pop parodist is bringing some mandatory fun to BlizzCon®!
Blizzard Entertainment today announced that the legendary “Weird Al”
Yankovic will be taking the stage on Saturday, November 5 to close out
Blizzard’s two-day gaming convention with his epic multimedia rock and
comedy live show. While tickets to Blizzard’s two-day gaming convention
in Anaheim are sold out, gamers and Weird Al fans around the world can
still watch the show live with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket—available to
order now at www.blizzcon.com.
With a catalog of hits spanning 14 studio albums, “Weird Al” Yankovic
has delighted and amused fans with his satirical treatments of iconic
pop songs, including “Eat It,” “Amish Paradise,” “Smells Like Nirvana,”
and “Tacky.” Weird Al’s music has earned him four Grammy Awards, eleven
more nominations, four gold records, and six platinum records. His
latest album, Mandatory Fun, was released to critical acclaim in
2014 and was the first comedy album in history to debut at #1 on the
“We’re super excited to close out our tenth BlizzCon with a performance
from an epic showman—and fellow geek,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and
cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Weird Al has entertained millions
of people around the world with his hilarious music, and we’re thrilled
that he’s bringing mandatory fun to the show and everyone following
along with a Virtual Ticket.”
“I’m very excited to be playing at BlizzCon,” said Al, “because it’ll be
one of the few times in my life where a significant percentage of the
audience is even nerdier than I am!”
BlizzCon is an epic celebration of Blizzard’s universes and the global
player communities that bring them to life. Taking over the Anaheim
Convention Center November 4 and 5, this year’s show will be loaded with
in-depth developer panels, thrilling esports tournaments, epic contests,
and much more.
Though tickets to the convention have already sold out, viewers at home
can still join the excitement by ordering the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket
($39.99 USD), which offers comprehensive live online coverage of both
days of the event, including Weird Al’s performance on Saturday night.
You’ll also be able to watch most of the concert in on-demand videos
that will be available within a few days after the show, although some
portions may be edited or unavailable. For the best experience, be sure
to watch it live!
The Virtual Ticket also comes with a cache of commemorate in-game
goodies for a variety of Blizzard games, including a pair of murloc pets
in World of Warcraft, a convention-themed Bastion skin for Overwatch,
In addition to the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, DIRECTV customers in the
United States have the option to watch the show from home by ordering
the BlizzCon 2016 Pay Per View event, priced at $39.99 USD (includes
access to the Virtual Ticket online stream).
For more information on BlizzCon 2016, visit www.blizzcon.com.
About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft®
and the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo®
franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com),
a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer
and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of
the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s
track record includes twenty-one #1 games* and multiple Game
of the Year awards. The company’s online-gaming service, Battle.net®,
is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.
*Sales and/or downloads. Based on internal company records and
reports from key distribution partners.
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