BlizzCon Sold Out in 15 Minutes

OCRegister interviewed Shon Damron, Blizzard’s PR manager, who responded to various questions addressing the Blizzcon tickets online store meltdown. What some fans wondered or theorized ended up being the truth.

Last year, BlizzCon 2007 sold out in three days at a pace of two tickets per minute. This year, BlizzCon 2008 tickets sold out ... in 15 minutes with thousands of connections per second pressing ctrl+F5 attempting to get through the cart process. Read the complete interview at the Orange County Register. Thanks, WoWInsider
Q: Can you, meaning Blizzard, be specific as to what technically happened and why do you think the system broke down? Was it outsourced?

Blizzard: The issues that people faced were due to an incredible rush to purchase tickets. Last year we sold about two tickets per minute, selling out in 72 hours, and this year, with 50% more tickets available, we sold out in a combined total of 15 minutes. This meant that thousands of people were trying to purchase tickets at the same time, so some people were not able to get all the way through the purchase process before the tickets had been sold out.

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  • #1 KoroKo
    Quote from "Medievaldragon" »
    This year, BlizzCon 2008 tickets sold out ... in 15 minutes with thousands of connections per second pressing ctrl+F5 attempting to get through the cart process


    OMG WOOOOOOOOOOOOOW:D
    that was pretty fast:P
  • #2 JAZZ
    Pretty fast?

    More like really fast.

    Faster then ludacris speed.
  • #3 naksucow
    faster than DJ Quik
  • #4 waddlez
    Quote from "naksucow" »
    faster than DJ Quik

    FASTER THAN EA DESTROYING A MMO

    RIP WoW-clone, R I P
  • #5 G.I.R
    Quote from "JAZZ" »
    Pretty fast?

    More like really fast.

    Faster then ludacris speed.


    So pretty much, seeing as how many people are rushing to see more of diablo 3, they will be forced to show us some character classes, and some more game play videos.:D
  • #6 Shadowdragon85
    i hope your right
  • #7 WhirlWhindBaba
    i have 4 tickets available if any 1 needs any they are for sale on ebay :D but there gunna be about6-700$ a pop :D
  • #8 Kwic
    I think they don't use toilet-paper in toilet. They use green.
  • #9 gyrextt
    And the idiots waited 8 years to announce D3. The Diablo name speaks for itself with the 15 min sold out.
  • #10 jlane
    If I had've been going to Blizzcon I would have had my credit card number ready for cop - paste, along with any other things, address, name, everything ahah.
  • #11 Robiwan
    this all owes to diablo 3. Remember when we were waiting for D3 to be announced? At some point in time every one of us believed the idea of D3 to be dead, thinking blizz was to preoccupied by WoW. Blizz made the right move with D3. They are gonna make hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • #12 LarryNC
    cant believe i picked up some tickets

    i called my friend and was like

    dude we are going to blizzcon

    hes like awesome, where?

    im like.. california

    hes like

    california?

    im like yeah

    hes like

    WORD? HELL YEAH

    lol i called him and woke his ass up at like 7 am
  • #13 wilimye
    the only difference between blizzcon 2007 and 2008 is DIABLO III
    so ...
  • #14 Macros
    Holy Motherfuck! :confused:
    Quote from "WhirlWhindBaba" »
    i have 4 tickets available if any 1 needs any they are for sale on ebay :D but there gunna be about6-700$ a pop :D

    Motherfuck! I should've thought of that..:(
  • #15 waddlez
    Quote from "wilimye" »
    the only difference between blizzcon 2007 and 2008 is DIABLO III, Starcraft 2, AND possibly the new mmo announcement
    so ...


    fixd


    :cool:
  • #16 MijnWraak
    Quote from "Medievaldragon" »
    in 15 minutes with thousands of connections per second pressing ctrl+F5 attempting to get through the cart process.


    Medieval, you don't need to hold down CTRL while pressing f5 to refresh. Just f5. Unless thats some apple/mac thing.
  • #17 Macros
    Quote from "MijnWraak" »
    Medieval, you don't need to hold down CTRL while pressing f5 to refresh. Just f5. Unless thats some apple/mac thing.

    F5 refreshes the page in case it had an error loading, or in a forum if there's a new post.
    Ctrl+F5 forces your browser to reload all data, including cookies and temporary internet files.

    If in doubt, use ctrl+F5.
  • #18 w000tstick
    Quote from "MijnWraak" »
    Medieval, you don't need to hold down CTRL while pressing f5 to refresh. Just f5. Unless thats some apple/mac thing.

    Actually, Ctrl-F5 is a hard refresh. This bypasses the cache stored on your computer so you don't get any errors on the page. And you can see an updated view of the webpage.

    Edit: Beat me to it Ivaron.
  • #19 Guildenstern
    Quote from "waddlez" »
    fixd


    :cool:


    I'm pretty sure that there was Starcraft 2 in blizzcon 2007 so the record sales are all because of diablo 3.
  • #20 RayAllen
    Quote from "WhirlWhindBaba" »
    i have 4 tickets available if any 1 needs any they are for sale on ebay :D but there gunna be about6-700$ a pop :D

    idiots like you ruin the whole point of buying tickets imo.
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