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Blizzard Worldwide Invitational 2008 Announced

Blizzard has announced the details of the 2008 Worldwide Invitational event. This year, it will take place at the Porte de Versailles Exposition Center, Paris, France, over the 28th and 29th of June.

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What is the 2008 Blizzard Entertainment Worldwide Invitational?

 

The 2008 Blizzard Entertainment Worldwide Invitational is a two-day event bringing together the company and gamers in a convention atmosphere, featuring Q&A panels with Blizzard Entertainment developers and hands-on opportunities with the company’s latest games. The Blizzard Entertainment Worldwide Invitational also showcases the skills of top eSports gamers from around the world as they compete in invitational StarCraft, Warcraft III and World of Warcraft Arena tournaments.

StarCraft 2 was announced in last year’s Worldwide Invitational in S. Korea – where the Protoss race was introduced. A few months later, during BlizzCon, Blizzard introduced the Terran race. Blizzard obviously likes using these mega-events to make big announcements and to exhibit their games, so we can definitely expect either a showcasing of the Zerg or the announcement of a beta.

Now that we know what we’re really looking forward to, lets see what else Blizzard has to offer:

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  • Discussion panels with Blizzard Entertainment developers
  • Artist and developer signings
  • Professional eSport tournaments and casual tournaments for attendees
  • Hands-on play with World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King and StarCraft II
  • Merchandise and other products based on the Blizzard Entertainment game universes
  • Silent auction
  • Musical performances
  • And more…

Tickets to the event will be sold on the official event website starting a few weeks from now.

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6 Comments to “Blizzard Worldwide Invitational 2008 Announced”


  1. Removed — February 12, 2008 @ 5:57 pm

    Comment moderated.

    -Anderson

  2. Dill — February 12, 2008 @ 6:30 pm

    Please none of this “First Comment” nonsense, it makes it annoying for other people to read the comments.

    As an aside, the combination I’m hoping for is earlier than this, and beta being the announcement. (I’m also hoping that World of Warcraft will give people the ability to start much nigher level characters right off the bat, but that of course is a very, very long shot.)

  3. SteelVelocity — February 12, 2008 @ 10:11 pm

    Do you think they will announce zerg before this conference?

  4. erickia — February 13, 2008 @ 1:34 am

    haha~nice site, cool site you have, ok always stay cool with it

  5. SCV_Operator — February 13, 2008 @ 2:31 am

    My hunch is that this meeting is the earliest point at which they will announce the zerg information. The other two races were demonstrated in nice long videos, showing lots of interaction between units, and the last one ended in that big team battle. Given how much everyone wants to see the zerg, and that they’ve said they’re working hard on it, they’re not going to let that work out in bits and pieces when they could show lots all in one go.

  6. JMM — February 13, 2008 @ 12:03 pm

    The annual korean raping the foreigners tournament.

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