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Blizzard Auctioning World of Warcraft Server Hardware

Die-hard World of Warcraft fans with a little cash in their pocket will get a chance to own a piece of the MMORPG's history next week. Starting Monday, October 17, Blizzard will be auctioning off server-blade hardware that once played host to World of Warcraft's virtual realm in its earliest days. The net proceeds from the auction will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, one of the world's premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.

"World of Warcraft realms are like the virtual neighborhoods of the game’s community -- they contain the spaces where millions of players have made friendships, forged friendly rivalries, and created lasting memories," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "Each winner in this auction will own a small monument to those collective experiences. The best part is that this auction benefits a great charity doing tremendous work in helping children from the U.S. and around the world."

According to the company, approximately 2,000 of the original HP BladeSystem server blades from about 500 different World of Warcraft realms will be auctioned. The server blades will also be prettied up for the occasion, crammed inside a custom windowed case featuring the World of Warcraft logo and an additional commemorative plaque signed by the World of Warcraft team so that onlookers peeking in know it's not just a piece of discarded junk.

Thursday Blizzard said that the HP server blades were preserved after a series of World of Warcraft infrastructure upgrades. They will now be offered in batches over the next four weeks, starting Monday. The auctions will take place on eBay and will be managed by online auction specialist Kompolt. For more information on the auction schedule as well as a detailed FAQ, head here.

  • ironmb
    Milk the idiots for more money.
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  • Cazalan
    The net proceeds from the auction will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
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  • '' know it's not just a piece of discarded junk with an additional commemorative plaque signed by the World of Warcraft team''
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  • the associate
    I'd rather donate the money to the "occupy" for their encampments...
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  • the associate
    wow, that was a post fail wtf...should have read...

    occupy"insert city"
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  • admir00
    yeah,
    net proceeds= gross proceeds - auction operating expense
    So, technically ironmb is right.
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  • cryogenic
    This might be a chance to get some cheap rack servers, if the auctions ironmbMilk the idiots for more money.
    What are they supposed to do with them? Besides those racks can still be useful for someone, the attached WoW logo is just for marketing purposes. Otherwise I'm sure they are functional server hardware they are selling which someone can use.
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  • the_krasno
    Besides, they do it for charity. Blizzard doesn't need lots of publicity really, I doubt they get much from the charity except a tax break maybe.
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  • RogueKitsune
    The real question are these things still functional. I don't play WoW but i am always looking to pick up servers/server parts on the cheap(though i doubt they will be). Plus i would be supporting a good cause as well ^_^;
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  • schmich
    CryogenicThis might be a chance to get some cheap rack servers, if the auctions What are they supposed to do with them? Besides those racks can still be useful for someone, the attached WoW logo is just for marketing purposes. Otherwise I'm sure they are functional server hardware they are selling which someone can use.It's still milking their fanbase for more money. They'll pay extra just to get the WoW logo and the server's "super history"...
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