BlizzCon 2011 will host two StarCraft 2 global tournaments and more

Blizzard has shared the plan for two big e-sports events at BlizzCon in Anaheim, CA, and it looks like there's going to be a full plate of noobs, ownage and ggs yet again this year. Not only will the Global Invitational showcase some of the best StarCraft 2 players from Blizzard's online multiplayer service, but the 2011 Global StarCraft League Final matches will be held at the same event, pitting the best of the best at the game against each other.

Those are just the two StarCraft 2 events -- Blizzard traditionally also holds contests and tournaments for World of Warcraft arena matches and the World of Warcraft TCG at BlizzCon, and though we haven't seen an official announcement yet, it's possible we'll see some Warcraft 3 or even Diablo 3 e-sports play as well. Outside of competitive play, Blizzard usually also offers new content for attendees to play through, so Diablo 3 specifically, plus any other unannounced games, may be playable too.

Tickets for the October 21-22 event are sold out, but the tournament play will likely be streamed online through "virtual tickets" later on this year.
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BlizzCon® 2011 to Feature World-Class Professional eSports Competition

Global® Invitational and GSL October Final Set to Take Place Before Sell-Out Crowd at Blizzard Entertainment's Upcoming Gaming Festival BlizzCon 2011

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Blizzard Entertainment announced today that the 2011 Global® Invitational and the 2011 GSL (Global StarCraft® II League) October Final will both be held at BlizzCon® 2011. The action will be live at BlizzCon and presented for free over the Internet at A free account will be required for access to the Internet stream. Sign up for an account at

BlizzCon, which takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center in California from October 21 to 22, is a celebration of the global player communities surrounding Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft®, StarCraft, and Diablo® universes. Tickets to attend BlizzCon are sold out, but virtual tickets, which provide comprehensive live coverage of the event, will be available for $39.99 USD at

"Between the Global Invitational and the GSL October Final, two of the biggest eSports events of the year will be taking place at BlizzCon 2011," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "We're looking forward to witnessing the high level of competition between the pro gamers participating in these events alongside our attendees at BlizzCon and the viewers at home."

The Global Invitational is one of the top attractions at BlizzCon, featuring top-ranked pro players who have been invited to participate from across the world. This year, players will compete in StarCraft® II: Wings of Liberty™ and World of Warcraft®: Cataclysm™.

The GSL is one of the world's most-watched eSports competitions. Since its inception in 2010, millions of viewers have watched GSL broadcasts featuring intense matches between highly skilled professional players. These world-class competitors make a living through sponsorships and by battling it out for cash prizes in prestigious tournaments. The GSL October Final match is expected to bring much excitement to both domestic and overseas viewers as it will be the first GSL tournament final to take place outside of Korea. Between the Invitational and the GSL October Final, a total prize pool of nearly $300,000 USD will be up for grabs at BlizzCon 2011.

More information about BlizzCon and the 2011 Global Invitational can be found at the official BlizzCon website (, and more information on the GSL can be found on its official website (

This article was originally published on Joystiq.