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BlizzCon 2008 storms Anaheim this weekend

Jay Mohr will host the sold-out, two-day gaming festival at the Anaheim Convention Center.

By Susan BelknappPublished: October 10, 2008

Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment Inc.’s annual gaming convention, BlizzCon, begins today, Friday, Oct. 10. Tickets for the event, held at the Anaheim Convention Center, sold out in a matter of hours after going on sale in August.

Blizzard Entertainment is the creator of the enormously popular online games, “World of Warcraft,” “StarCraft” and “Diablo.” Players worldwide pay a monthly subscription fee to participate in the interactive gaming universe and participants total in the millions.

Jay Mohr will return to host the live contests and the show will close on Saturday with a concert featuring comedian Patton Oswalt, Blizzard’s own “Warcraft”-themed band, Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain and Video Games Live, who will perform special arrangements of music from the Blizzard games.

Attendees of the convention traditionally show up in elaborate costumes, coming as characters from the games. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to play the latest versions of Blizzard games, interact with developers through panel discussions and compete in tournaments and contests.

Blizzard has partnered with DIRECTV in order to broadcast the convention as a live pay-per-view event for those who could not get tickets or are unable to attend. For more information, go to blizzard.com/blizzcon/dtv. Up-to-date show coverage will also be posted at blizzcon.com

Anyone attending BlizzCon who is interested in career opportunities at Blizzard Entertainment is advised to bring their resumes, demo reels, art portfolios or business cards. The global staffing team will be accepting materials and discussing any job-related questions.