More BlizzCon Tickets - Mike Morhaime Apologizes

  • #1
    Blizzard Gamers,

    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.

    Sincerely,
    Mike Morhaime
  • #2
    Yeah yeah, we forgive you



    "Stop! The beast contained herein shall not be set free, not even by you."
  • #3
    HAHA! yeah we forgive u..but next time we wont be so generous..:D
    "you are a choir boy compared to me, a choir boy"
  • #4
    I live in the UK so wasn't going to get a ticket anyway, but I do love to see how great Blizzard are to their fans.

    Sure, there will always be people that complain and say "meh meh should have got it right the first time meh meh meh" but you have to applaud Blizzard for taking action like this, they are one of the few gaming companies that consistently go the extra mile for their fans.
  • #5
    Yay 3000 more people to sift through and wait behind

    Haha. No im glad they are so good to their fans. It truly shows in circumstances like this


  • #6
    profit profit profit profit....
    "you are a choir boy compared to me, a choir boy"
  • #7
    Quote from "cheebalover" »
    profit profit profit profit....



    True, true true true.

    True :P
    If you get personally attacked by letters through the internet its a good thing to always have a box of tissues and a band-aid around.
  • #8
    :rolleyes:
  • #9
    Very nice of them. There were 280(c.5600 posts) pages on the 'complain about tickets' forum thread before they closed it. Half of the posts were just bitching, the other half were telling the bitchers to chill. I followed the thread all day because I was trying to get tickets. Finally got one the next day.

    How many tickets do they usually sell? Or how many attendees are there at the con usually? I was thinking 10K for some reason...

    D
  • #10
    There is no average. This is the third year and it grows every year. The original number this year was 12000 tickets, last year it was 8000. So now this year its 15000 total tickets, almost twice the number of last year. HUGE growth.
  • #11
    I really wish I had created a Blizzard Account now...
  • #12
    see, all of you being pissed at blizzard, saying they are greedy, etc etc

    They do honestly love their fans...

    unlike mythic who gives their CE people 3 extra days of beta >
  • #13
    i cant even go

    so

    dammit

  • #14
    i mean what did blizzard expect after just announcing Diablo III? anywho i wish i had the time and money to go to blizzcon. maybe next year, assuming they have another blizzcon. :P
    "No one gets to heaven 'til they've lived awhile in hell and even then it's rare that you'll be going there."
  • #15
    Quote from "bigtpsychoboy" »
    i mean what did blizzard expect after just announcing Diablo III? anywho i wish i had the time and money to go to blizzcon. maybe next year, assuming they have another blizzcon. :P

    the announcement of their next mmo is eventually going to happen, trust me, blizzcon isn't going anywhere soon

    BUT I do think if they do announce a new mmo at blizzcon or at WWI next year, or even at the next blizzcon

    they need to rent out the entire center and allow 50k people in so we can have a nerd orgy
  • #16
    Quote from "cheebalover" »
    profit profit profit profit....

    I don't know about blizzcon... But the World Wide Invitational sure doesn't look like they make profit.. They gave away hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money, set up a nice area in a foreign country.. and only sold each ticket for like $100 each or something (I may be wrong).

    As far as I can see they don't seem to profit that much through these conventions, but I'm not stating I know for fact, just that it sure doesn't seem like it.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • #17
    Quote from "waddlez" »
    the announcement of their next mmo is eventually going to happen, trust me, blizzcon isn't going anywhere soon

    BUT I do think if they do announce a new mmo at blizzcon or at WWI next year, or even at the next blizzcon

    they need to rent out the entire center and allow 50k people in so we can have a nerd orgy


    haha for real, maybe by next year i'll enough money/spare time to go to blizzcon.
    "No one gets to heaven 'til they've lived awhile in hell and even then it's rare that you'll be going there."
  • #18
    Quote from "jlane" »
    I don't know about blizzcon... But the World Wide Invitational sure doesn't look like they make profit.. They gave away hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money, set up a nice area in a foreign country.. and only sold each ticket for like $100 each or something (I may be wrong).

    As far as I can see they don't seem to profit that much through these conventions, but I'm not stating I know for fact, just that it sure doesn't seem like it.


    exactly

    the profit comes from people going to these events, telling their friends/internet about how amazing it was, thus people go out and buy their games

    blizzard makes 10,000,000 x $14.99 a month, now take out server cost, salary, the take that vivendi gets out, they still probably get a profit of 5 million a month

    if they made the tickets free, no one could get in because everyone would be getting their free (max tickets allowed) tickets

    the money they get is to pay for the event, hiring the fire people from the diablo announcement, renting out the rooms, cleaning after the nerd-gasms as they announce World of Tony Hawk Pro Skater...

    the list goes on
  • #19
    So, what your saying is, Blizzard is making money because everyone agrees that they are amazing and tells all of their friends about them?

    The evil swines, how dare they be so amazing!
  • #20
    Mike Morhaime is so awesome.

    I bet Blizzcon is gonna be packed this year..woot!
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