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Blizzard Entertainment auctions original World of Warcraft server blades

Proceeds from the auctions will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

By Elaine MurphyPublished: November 08, 2011 01:20 PM

Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment is auctioning off original server blades that housed World of Warcraft data in the online role-playing game’s early days. The collectible Hewlett Packard ProLiant server blades will come in special display cases and will represent a piece of World of Warcraft history for the game’s enthusiasts. Proceeds from the auctions will be donated to Memphis-based St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is dedicated to researching children’s cancers and other terminal illnesses in children.

"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,” Blizzard CEO and founder Mike Morhaime said. “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."

A total of approximately 2,000 original server blades that made up about 500 different World of Warcraft realms will be auctioned off. Each of the server blades is housed in a windowed case comes with a commemorative plaque signed by the World of Warcraft team.

The auctions took place on eBay over four weeks, beginning Oct. 17 and concluding Monday, Nov. 14. To learn more, visit the auction page at eBay.


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