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StarCraft II Beta Ending; BlizzCon Tickets Soon

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The StarCraft II beta is taking a break, giving fans enough time to crack open their wallets for BlizzCon 2010 tickets.

Monday Blizzard announced that the first phase of the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty beta test will come to a close on Memorial Day, May 31, 2010. The beta will thus be closed for several weeks while the StarCraft II team makes hardware and software configuration changes in preparation for the second and final phase.

"We plan to bring the beta test back online for a couple of weeks prior to the game’s launch to complete our testing," Blizzard said. "We’ll have more details to share about when this final beta-testing phase will begin at a later date. We'd like to thank all of our beta-test participants for your enthusiasm, dedication, and valuable feedback during the beta test, and we look forward to hearing more of your thoughts on the StarCraft II beta test as the game’s July 27 launch approaches."

Tuesday Blizzard followed up with news that tickets to BlizzCon 2010 will go one sale in two waves: Wednesday, June 2 (7pm PST) and Saturday, June 5, 2010 (10am PST). The convention will take place on October 22 and 23 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Tickets will be priced at a hefty $150 USD per pop, however broke gamers with a DIRECTV subscription can watch from the sidelines via a $39.95 Pay Per View package. There will also be a $39.95 multi-channel Internet stream, allowing viewers to switch between coverage of multiple panels and activities during the show.

Fans interested in attending BlizzCon 2010 can purchase tickets via their Battle.net account. Blizzard said that the Internet stream is free to DIRECTV customers who purchased the Pay Per View package.

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    JonathanDeane , May 18, 2010 10:25 PM
    Still no beta key for me :(  *cries* lol
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    manitoublack , May 18, 2010 10:25 PM
    $150 large for a ticket to listen to Blizzard beat its own drum. I'll pass
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    Dirtman73 , May 18, 2010 10:39 PM
    I find it ridiculous that anybody would pay $150 to go to BlizzCon. I find it even more ridiculous that anybody would pay $40 to watch in on their frickin television.
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    banthracis , May 18, 2010 10:39 PM
    Well technically it's great idea to grab tickets if you can as they are worth so much more than $150 when sold online. Believe some tickets hit over $800 last year.

    Course it is also technically illegal...
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    duk3 , May 18, 2010 10:47 PM
    Yeah, the TV stream should be free.
    I am definitely not flying to California or paying 40$.
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    avericia , May 19, 2010 12:04 AM
    Nooooo I don't want SC2 beta to end i'm having so much fun; Oh well ive been waiting over 10 years whats another 2 more months :p 
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    skatt3rbrain , May 19, 2010 2:42 AM
    banthracisWell technically it's great idea to grab tickets if you can as they are worth so much more than $150 when sold online. Believe some tickets hit over $800 last year. Course it is also technically illegal...


    People do it with concert tickets and sports tickets all the time. Can't tell you how many times I've had to look up concert tickets on web sites made for ticket resale. Is it a blizzard thing that makes it illegal? What if you can't go, is it illegal to sell the tickets then?
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    tayb , May 19, 2010 3:00 AM
    Surprising that they are ending the beta May 31st considering they haven't opened up testing to 3v3 or 4v4. The more people, the more issues. I figured they would have unlocked the 3v3 and 4v4 maps at let us test them for at least a couple of weeks. Very surprising.

    At least they finally made an attempt to put a stop to the ridiculous cannon rushing. Never seen something so stupid.
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    FloKid , May 19, 2010 3:27 AM
    taybAt least they finally made an attempt to put a stop to the ridiculous cannon rushing. Never seen something so stupid.


    LoL not if u six pool...
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    Gin Fushicho , May 19, 2010 5:07 AM
    Well that's nice, all my friends with the low end computers got to play Starcraft II Beta, and didn't even let me play.

    That's hardly fair. =( I wanna play.
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    proxy711 , May 19, 2010 7:29 AM
    Dirtman73I find it ridiculous that anybody would pay $150 to go to BlizzCon. I find it even more ridiculous that anybody would pay $40 to watch in on their frickin television.

    Blizcon lasts 2 days and has much more then just a few power points and a costume contest. There's a lot more entertainment and of coarse a great look at all the up coming games.

    I've paid a lot more for 2-3 days of music (Bonnaroo and lollapalooza). So to say $150 is ridiculous is simply not true.
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    orionite , May 19, 2010 3:58 PM
    manitoublack$150 large for a ticket to listen to Blizzard beat its own drum. I'll pass


    I agree, $150.000 seems slightly excessive.
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    randomkid , May 19, 2010 3:59 PM
    banthracisWell technically it's great idea to grab tickets if you can as they are worth so much more than $150 when sold online. Believe some tickets hit over $800 last year. Course it is also technically illegal...

    Should not be illegal. This just follows the law of supply and demand.
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    rooket , May 19, 2010 4:51 PM
    I think it's a bad idea for them to push this game out to July 27th because there's so many legit and pirate betas out there already. I'm wondering how well this product will even sell. Plus not a hint of a drop in price. I'd be hard pressed on this one. It should have been 29.99. They would sell more units and make more money. But what do I know anyways ;) 
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    dkArchon , May 19, 2010 5:02 PM
    For all the peeps that cry you didn't get a beta key... it was advertised all over the net, and even here at Tom's, that you got a free beta pass when you pre-ordred the game. That is how I got my beta pass, more than a month ago...
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    hoofhearted , May 19, 2010 5:04 PM
    Wow, Blizzard must be doing something right if people are willing to pay $150 to go to their infomercials.
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    Anonymous , May 19, 2010 6:23 PM
    You forget that they had Ozzy Osbourne for the closing act last year at BlizzCon. So maybe they have something to top that this year. I would hope so at $150 a ticket.
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    pozaks , May 19, 2010 6:32 PM
    "I'm wondering how well this product will even sell."

    :D 
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    gosterro , May 19, 2010 6:42 PM
    Well if the pre-orders for SC2 at my local Gamestop is a factor. Very well. Over one hundred and its in a small town.
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    randomkid , May 20, 2010 12:18 AM
    Quote:
    Wow, Blizzard must be doing something right if people are willing to pay $150 to go to their infomercials.

    I wonder how much the game itself will sell... But the bigger question is after such a long wait, will it be worth it?
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