Blizzard at gamescom 2012

This year's gamescom will be held from Wednesday August 15 to Sunday August 19, in Cologne, Germany. Come and join us at the Blizzard Entertainment booth!

언제

August 16 to 19 (open to public), starting August 15 (open to trade and media)

어디서

Halle 6.1 (B21) at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany

참여 개발자:

John Lagrave Lead Game Producer
Ion Hazzikostas Lead Encounter Designer
David Kim Game Designer
Kaeo Milker Senior Game Producer
Grace Liu 3D Artist

행사와 상품

Check out some of the amazing prizes from our partners below and visit our Prizes page for more goods up for grabs.

XMG P502 PRO GAMING NOTEBOOK
  • The winner of the Blizzard Costume Contest will take home this state-of-the-art gaming laptop by Schenker. Visit the Activities page for details.
SINDRAGOSA AND THE LICH KING
  • Get your hands on this awesome set from Mega Bloks by participating in the Mists of Pandaria Leveling Contest. Visit the Activities page for details.

Download the schedule in PDF format

소식

gamescom 2012 Comes to a Close
August 21, 2012

We spent an amazing five days at gamescom this year, and we’d again like to thank everyone who visited us at the Blizzard booth! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

We put on a great show with some incredible activities. Who could forget the world premiere of the stunning World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria opening cinematic? If you missed it, don’t worry – you can watch it online here. Thanks to MANAO – Drums of China for setting the stage for our remarkable cinematic trailer with an impressive drum performance.

Of course gamescom wouldn’t be complete without our famous costume and dance contests. Congratulations to Svetlana Quindt, who took first place in the Blizzard Costume Contest for her handmade barbarian garb from Diablo III. Congratulations also go out to the World of Warcraft Dance Contest winner Sebastian Kothe, who impressed the crowd and the judges with his brave rendition of the Orc dance.

Accolades are also due to the winners of our two Mists of Pandaria leveling contests, Justin Schilling and Mark-Hendrik Moll, who out-raced their competitors by being the fastest to make it to level five in the pandaren starting area.

All of our winners took home some incredible prizes from our partners, including a Schenker XMG P502 PRO Gaming Notebook, SteelSeries gaming gear, and Mega Bloks sets.

In addition to showing their stuff in our contests, our visitors were treated to some inspired entertainment. Blizzard artist Grace Liu was on stage demonstrating her talent during live drawing sessions every day. She amazed our audience with her creations of a witch doctor and the Butcher. We also experienced an amazing eight-piece orchestra play popular songs from World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III.

And of course Blizzard’s presence at gamescom wouldn’t have been complete without some exciting eSports action! We saw some of the best StarCraft II players in the world demonstrate their skills during intense show matches every day. On Thursday: Jang “MC” Min Chul won against Lee “PuMa” Ho Joon; and Kim “SuperNova” Young Jin prevailed over Manuel “Grubby” Schenkhuizen. On Friday: Eugin "Strelok" Oparyshev beat Jared "PiG" Krensel; and Andrew “mOOnGLaDe” Pender came out on top against Tomasz "Tarson" Boron. On Saturday: Aleksey "White-Ra" Krupnyk prevailed over Jérémy "Feast" Vansnick. Finally, on Sunday: it was Kim "SuperNova" Young Jin who prevailed over Pedro "LucifroN" Moreno Duran.

We also saw two of the most well-known European raiding guilds battle elite bosses in live World of Warcraft raids. Members of Method took down the main Cataclysm bosses, followed by an awesome PvP fight, while members of For The Horde raced through Dragon Soul in 25-man Heroic mode.

On Sunday afternoon, we ended this year’s gamescom with the 2012 European World of Warcraft Invitational! We saw the best arena teams in Europe battle it out for a $30,000 USD prize pool and two spots in the Global Finals.

Congratulations to team Yaspresents: Another (Death Knight), Zunniyaki (Priest) and Câra (Paladin) and team I'm just being honest: Swapxy (Shaman), Boetar (Shaman), and Blukstack (Warlock) who’ll be heading to the Battle.net World Championship in Shanghai, China!

Be sure to check out the daily recaps for the details of all our activities at gamescom this year, and our updated photo gallery for pictures from each day of the event.

We hope to see you next year at gamescom!

Sunday at gamescom
August 19, 2012

Today was the final day of gamescom 2012, and we certainly ended the show with a bang! We started off the day with an exciting World of Warcraft Live Raid, when members of the elite German raiding guild For The Horde took on Cataclysm’s most difficult raid instance: Dragon Soul in 25-man Heroic mode.

The players raced through Wyrmrest Temple and into the Maelstrom for an epic battle with Deathwing.

Next up was Blizzard artist Grace Liu, returning to the stage for her final live drawing session. She wowed the crowd by finishing the picture of the Butcher from Diablo III.

We then saw our final StarCraft II show match of gamescom, shoutcasted by HomerJ. Supernova prevailed over Lucifron, in an intense 2:1 battle.

Following the show match, 18 contestants showed us their moves in the much-anticipated World of Warcraft Dance Contest! The enthusiastic crowd cheered as our brave contestants let down their hair to boogie in the unique dancing styles of a variety of World of Warcraft races, including pandaren, worgen, bloodelfs, orcs, humans, trolls, goblins, and tauren. But the one dancer to really impress the judges and take first place was Sebastian Kothe from Germany, demonstrating the Orcish dance. Sebastian walked away with some awesome prizes from our partners, including an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 6 Series graphics card, a Mega Bloks Goblin Zeppelin Ambush set, and some SteelSeries gaming gear.

We finished off the day in true eSports style with the 2012 European World of Warcraft Invitational. We saw eight of the world’s best arena teams fight through intense battles shoutcasted by well-known PvP player Azael, along with Conradical. The tournament was hosted by ESL at the Turtle Entertainment booth, and the grand final was streamed live onto the big screens at the Blizzard stage.

Congratulations go out to the top two teams!
First place: Yaspresents (Another, Zunniyaki, Câra)
Second place: I'm just being honest (Swapxy, Boetar, Blukstack)

They’re headed to represent Europe at the Battle.net World Championship in Shanghai, China in November!

It’s been an action-packed final day at gamescom, and an amazing week. We’d like to say thanks to everyone who stopped by the Blizzard booth! Take a look at our photo gallery for pictures from the event, and stay tuned for a full recap tomorrow!

A full list of news can be found in the News section!

언제

August 16 to 19 (open to public), starting August 15 (open to trade and media)

어디서

Halle 6.1 (B21) at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany

참여 개발자:

John Lagrave Lead Game Producer
Ion Hazzikostas Lead Encounter Designer
David Kim Game Designer
Kaeo Milker Senior Game Producer
Grace Liu 3D Artist

행사와 상품

Check out some of the amazing prizes from our partners below and visit our Prizes page for more goods up for grabs.

XMG P502 PRO GAMING NOTEBOOK
  • The winner of the Blizzard Costume Contest will take home this state-of-the-art gaming laptop by Schenker. Visit the Activities page for details.
SINDRAGOSA AND THE LICH KING
  • Get your hands on this awesome set from Mega Bloks by participating in the Mists of Pandaria Leveling Contest. Visit the Activities page for details.

Download the schedule in PDF format

소식

gamescom 2012 Comes to a Close
August 21, 2012

We spent an amazing five days at gamescom this year, and we’d again like to thank everyone who visited us at the Blizzard booth! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

We put on a great show with some incredible activities. Who could forget the world premiere of the stunning World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria opening cinematic? If you missed it, don’t worry – you can watch it online here. Thanks to MANAO – Drums of China for setting the stage for our remarkable cinematic trailer with an impressive drum performance.

Of course gamescom wouldn’t be complete without our famous costume and dance contests. Congratulations to Svetlana Quindt, who took first place in the Blizzard Costume Contest for her handmade barbarian garb from Diablo III. Congratulations also go out to the World of Warcraft Dance Contest winner Sebastian Kothe, who impressed the crowd and the judges with his brave rendition of the Orc dance.

Accolades are also due to the winners of our two Mists of Pandaria leveling contests, Justin Schilling and Mark-Hendrik Moll, who out-raced their competitors by being the fastest to make it to level five in the pandaren starting area.

All of our winners took home some incredible prizes from our partners, including a Schenker XMG P502 PRO Gaming Notebook, SteelSeries gaming gear, and Mega Bloks sets.

In addition to showing their stuff in our contests, our visitors were treated to some inspired entertainment. Blizzard artist Grace Liu was on stage demonstrating her talent during live drawing sessions every day. She amazed our audience with her creations of a witch doctor and the Butcher. We also experienced an amazing eight-piece orchestra play popular songs from World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III.

And of course Blizzard’s presence at gamescom wouldn’t have been complete without some exciting eSports action! We saw some of the best StarCraft II players in the world demonstrate their skills during intense show matches every day. On Thursday: Jang “MC” Min Chul won against Lee “PuMa” Ho Joon; and Kim “SuperNova” Young Jin prevailed over Manuel “Grubby” Schenkhuizen. On Friday: Eugin "Strelok" Oparyshev beat Jared "PiG" Krensel; and Andrew “mOOnGLaDe” Pender came out on top against Tomasz "Tarson" Boron. On Saturday: Aleksey "White-Ra" Krupnyk prevailed over Jérémy "Feast" Vansnick. Finally, on Sunday: it was Kim "SuperNova" Young Jin who prevailed over Pedro "LucifroN" Moreno Duran.

We also saw two of the most well-known European raiding guilds battle elite bosses in live World of Warcraft raids. Members of Method took down the main Cataclysm bosses, followed by an awesome PvP fight, while members of For The Horde raced through Dragon Soul in 25-man Heroic mode.

On Sunday afternoon, we ended this year’s gamescom with the 2012 European World of Warcraft Invitational! We saw the best arena teams in Europe battle it out for a $30,000 USD prize pool and two spots in the Global Finals.

Congratulations to team Yaspresents: Another (Death Knight), Zunniyaki (Priest) and Câra (Paladin) and team I'm just being honest: Swapxy (Shaman), Boetar (Shaman), and Blukstack (Warlock) who’ll be heading to the Battle.net World Championship in Shanghai, China!

Be sure to check out the daily recaps for the details of all our activities at gamescom this year, and our updated photo gallery for pictures from each day of the event.

We hope to see you next year at gamescom!

Sunday at gamescom
August 19, 2012

Today was the final day of gamescom 2012, and we certainly ended the show with a bang! We started off the day with an exciting World of Warcraft Live Raid, when members of the elite German raiding guild For The Horde took on Cataclysm’s most difficult raid instance: Dragon Soul in 25-man Heroic mode.

The players raced through Wyrmrest Temple and into the Maelstrom for an epic battle with Deathwing.

Next up was Blizzard artist Grace Liu, returning to the stage for her final live drawing session. She wowed the crowd by finishing the picture of the Butcher from Diablo III.

We then saw our final StarCraft II show match of gamescom, shoutcasted by HomerJ. Supernova prevailed over Lucifron, in an intense 2:1 battle.

Following the show match, 18 contestants showed us their moves in the much-anticipated World of Warcraft Dance Contest! The enthusiastic crowd cheered as our brave contestants let down their hair to boogie in the unique dancing styles of a variety of World of Warcraft races, including pandaren, worgen, bloodelfs, orcs, humans, trolls, goblins, and tauren. But the one dancer to really impress the judges and take first place was Sebastian Kothe from Germany, demonstrating the Orcish dance. Sebastian walked away with some awesome prizes from our partners, including an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 6 Series graphics card, a Mega Bloks Goblin Zeppelin Ambush set, and some SteelSeries gaming gear.

We finished off the day in true eSports style with the 2012 European World of Warcraft Invitational. We saw eight of the world’s best arena teams fight through intense battles shoutcasted by well-known PvP player Azael, along with Conradical. The tournament was hosted by ESL at the Turtle Entertainment booth, and the grand final was streamed live onto the big screens at the Blizzard stage.

Congratulations go out to the top two teams!
First place: Yaspresents (Another, Zunniyaki, Câra)
Second place: I'm just being honest (Swapxy, Boetar, Blukstack)

They’re headed to represent Europe at the Battle.net World Championship in Shanghai, China in November!

It’s been an action-packed final day at gamescom, and an amazing week. We’d like to say thanks to everyone who stopped by the Blizzard booth! Take a look at our photo gallery for pictures from the event, and stay tuned for a full recap tomorrow!

A full list of news can be found in the News section!

행사

Download the schedule in PDF format

WORLD OF WARCRAFT: MISTS OF PANDARIA OPENING CINEMATIC
Thursday, August 16 at 14:00

Description: Witness the world premiere of the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria opening cinematic, shown on giant screens at our booth in Halle 6.1 (B21). The unveiling will be accompanied by a performance from MANAO - Drums of China – the all-female Chinese drumming group that opened and closed the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

MISTS OF PANDARIA LEVELING CONTEST
Thursday, August 16 and Friday, August 17 at 11:00

Description: Participants will race to level up in the pandaren starting area of the Mists of Pandaria beta as fast as they can to win cool prizes.

STARCRAFT II ACADEMY
Friday, August 17 at 12:00

Description: Are you a StarCraft II noob? Don’t miss this educational session, where HomerJ will teach you how to get an edge on your opponent.

ORCHESTRAL CONCERT
Friday, August 17 at 15:00 and Saturday, August 18 at 16:00

Description: Experience the enchanting music from the World of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo franchises played by a live orchestra.

costume contest
Saturday, August 18 at 14:30

Sign up: Send us an email containing your name, date of birth, and a brief description of your Blizzard-related costume at gamescom2012@blizzard.com before Friday, August 17. Don’t forget to put [costume contest] in the subject line. Please make sure to read the rules before entering. We’ll contact you via email if you’re selected to participate.

Description: Become your favorite character with a creative costume inspired by one of the Blizzard game universes. Be the goblin, zerg, pandaren, mage, monk, or demon hunter you’ve always wanted to be. Impress our judges and the winner will receive an XMG P502 PRO Gaming Notebook by a href="https://www.facebook.com/mySN.de" target="_blank">Schenker, a SteelSeries Diablo® III Mouse, a SteelSeries 7G keyboard, a SteelSeries QcK Diablo® III Edition mouse pad, a SteelSeries Diablo® III Headset, and a Mega Bloks Deathwing’s Stormwind Assault set.

dance contest
Sunday, August 19 at 14:30

Sign up: To pre-register for our dance contest, send an email with the subject [dance contest] to gamescom2012@blizzard.com before Saturday, August 18. Be sure to include your name, date of birth, and the details of your chosen World of Warcraft dance. Please make sure to read the rules before entering. We’ll contact you via email if you’re selected to participate.

Description: Choose a World of Warcraft race and put on your dancing shoes! Get ready to waltz like a worgen, boogie like a blood elf, or tango like a tauren. In addition to email pre-registration, you can also sign up for the dance contest directly at gamescom by visiting our booth, located at Halle 6.1 (B21). Make sure to get there early to join in! Impress our judges and the winner will receive an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 6 Series graphics card, a Mega Bloks Goblin Zeppelin Ambush, a SteelSeries Diablo® III Mouse, a SteelSeries 7G keyboard, a SteelSeries QcK Diablo® III Edition mouse pad, and a SteelSeries Diablo® III Headset.

2012 EUROPEAN WORLD OF WARCRAFT INVITATIONAL FINAL
Sunday, August 19 at 16:00

Description: Some of the planet’s best World of Warcraft PvP players will fight it out for spots in the Battle.net World Championship in China later this year. The competition will be streamed live from the Turtle Entertainment booth.

LIVE DRAWING SESSION
Once each day

Description: Watch as Blizzard artist Grace Liu demonstrates her drawing skills live on stage. Sessions take place at 12:00 on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, and at 16:00 on Friday.

DEVELOPER SIGNING SESSIONS
Once per day, Thursday-Saturday

Description: Don’t miss your chance to take home autographs from Blizzard developers. Sessions take place at 14:30 on Thursday, 15:30 on Friday, and 16:30 on Saturday.

STARCRAFT II SHOW MATCHES
Twice per day, Thursday-Saturday, once on Sunday

Description: StarCraft II pro gamers from around the world will battle it out for your viewing pleasure, including players from our StarCraft II World Championship Series global tournament. Show matches take place on Thursday at 15:30 and 17:30, on Friday at 12:30 and 17:30, on Saturday at 10:30 and 17:30, and on Sunday at 13:00. Stay tuned for more details!

WORLD OF WARCRAFT LIVE RAIDS
Saturday, August 18 at 13:00 and Sunday, August 19 at 10:30

Description: Two well-known international World of Warcraft guilds will show us their expertise on stage during exciting live raids. Members of the long-standing German raiding guild For The Horde will dash through the Dragon Soul raid in 25-man Heroic mode, while the international guild Method will take down the main Cataclysm raid bosses, followed by an epic PvP fight among guild members.

BLIZZARD QUIZZES
Several times each day

Description: Show off your knowledge of all things Blizzard and win awesome prizes!

협력사와 상품

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the awesome items you could try out at our booth, or win through our various activities at gamescom 2012! Thanks to our generous partners for the loot!

  • Rare Loot Cards: Amani Dragonhawk, Savage Raptor, Corrupted Hippogryph
  • More Common, and Uncommon Loot Cards
  • Several Starter Decks (English)
  • World of Warcraft T-Shirts Horde & Alliance Crest
  • Diablo III Special Edition T-Shirts
  • StarCraft II Marine T-Shirts
  • Sets: Goblin Zeppelin Ambush, Deathwing's Stormwind Assault, Sindragosa and the Lich King
  • Several faction and mount packs
  • Graphic Card - Geforce GTX 680
  • Several copies of Diablo: Book of Cain
  • 2013 Wall Calendars for Diablo III, World of Warcraft, and StarCraft II
  • Various novels surrounding the Blizzard Universes
  • XMG P502 Pro Gaming Notebook
  • Mists of Pandaria: Bookmarks
  • Diablo III Headsets, Mice, and Qck Mouse pads
  • Cataclysm Shift Keyboards
  • Goblin and Worgen Mouse pads

While playing the newest Blizzard games at our booth, you can also test the latest gaming gear from SteelSeries! Try out the SteelSeries Diablo III Mouse, SteelSeries Diablo III Headset, SteelSeries Diablo III Mouse Pad, and SteelSeries World of Warcraft MMO Gaming Mouse.

Check out the latest tournament-ready StarCraft II gaming hardware from Razer! Visit the Blizzard booth and enjoy the Razer Spectre StarCraft II Gaming Mouse, Razer Marauder StarCraft II Gaming Keyboard, and Razer Banshee StarCraft II Gaming Headset while playing.

소식

gamescom 2012 Comes to a Close
August 21, 2012

We spent an amazing five days at gamescom this year, and we’d again like to thank everyone who visited us at the Blizzard booth! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

We put on a great show with some incredible activities. Who could forget the world premiere of the stunning World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria opening cinematic? If you missed it, don’t worry – you can watch it online here. Thanks to MANAO – Drums of China for setting the stage for our remarkable cinematic trailer with an impressive drum performance.

Of course gamescom wouldn’t be complete without our famous costume and dance contests. Congratulations to Svetlana Quindt, who took first place in the Blizzard Costume Contest for her handmade barbarian garb from Diablo III. Congratulations also go out to the World of Warcraft Dance Contest winner Sebastian Kothe, who impressed the crowd and the judges with his brave rendition of the Orc dance.

Accolades are also due to the winners of our two Mists of Pandaria leveling contests, Justin Schilling and Mark-Hendrik Moll, who out-raced their competitors by being the fastest to make it to level five in the pandaren starting area.

All of our winners took home some incredible prizes from our partners, including a Schenker XMG P502 PRO Gaming Notebook, SteelSeries gaming gear, and Mega Bloks sets.

In addition to showing their stuff in our contests, our visitors were treated to some inspired entertainment. Blizzard artist Grace Liu was on stage demonstrating her talent during live drawing sessions every day. She amazed our audience with her creations of a witch doctor and the Butcher. We also experienced an amazing eight-piece orchestra play popular songs from World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III.

And of course Blizzard’s presence at gamescom wouldn’t have been complete without some exciting eSports action! We saw some of the best StarCraft II players in the world demonstrate their skills during intense show matches every day. On Thursday: Jang “MC” Min Chul won against Lee “PuMa” Ho Joon; and Kim “SuperNova” Young Jin prevailed over Manuel “Grubby” Schenkhuizen. On Friday: Eugin "Strelok" Oparyshev beat Jared "PiG" Krensel; and Andrew “mOOnGLaDe” Pender came out on top against Tomasz "Tarson" Boron. On Saturday: Aleksey "White-Ra" Krupnyk prevailed over Jérémy "Feast" Vansnick. Finally, on Sunday: it was Kim "SuperNova" Young Jin who prevailed over Pedro "LucifroN" Moreno Duran.

We also saw two of the most well-known European raiding guilds battle elite bosses in live World of Warcraft raids. Members of Method took down the main Cataclysm bosses, followed by an awesome PvP fight, while members of For The Horde raced through Dragon Soul in 25-man Heroic mode.

On Sunday afternoon, we ended this year’s gamescom with the 2012 European World of Warcraft Invitational! We saw the best arena teams in Europe battle it out for a $30,000 USD prize pool and two spots in the Global Finals.

Congratulations to team Yaspresents: Another (Death Knight), Zunniyaki (Priest) and Câra (Paladin) and team I'm just being honest: Swapxy (Shaman), Boetar (Shaman), and Blukstack (Warlock) who’ll be heading to the Battle.net World Championship in Shanghai, China!

Be sure to check out the daily recaps for the details of all our activities at gamescom this year, and our updated photo gallery for pictures from each day of the event.

We hope to see you next year at gamescom!

Sunday at gamescom
August 19, 2012

Today was the final day of gamescom 2012, and we certainly ended the show with a bang! We started off the day with an exciting World of Warcraft Live Raid, when members of the elite German raiding guild For The Horde took on Cataclysm’s most difficult raid instance: Dragon Soul in 25-man Heroic mode.

The players raced through Wyrmrest Temple and into the Maelstrom for an epic battle with Deathwing.

Next up was Blizzard artist Grace Liu, returning to the stage for her final live drawing session. She wowed the crowd by finishing the picture of the Butcher from Diablo III.

We then saw our final StarCraft II show match of gamescom, shoutcasted by HomerJ. Supernova prevailed over Lucifron, in an intense 2:1 battle.

Following the show match, 18 contestants showed us their moves in the much-anticipated World of Warcraft Dance Contest! The enthusiastic crowd cheered as our brave contestants let down their hair to boogie in the unique dancing styles of a variety of World of Warcraft races, including pandaren, worgen, bloodelfs, orcs, humans, trolls, goblins, and tauren. But the one dancer to really impress the judges and take first place was Sebastian Kothe from Germany, demonstrating the Orcish dance. Sebastian walked away with some awesome prizes from our partners, including an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 6 Series graphics card, a Mega Bloks Goblin Zeppelin Ambush set, and some SteelSeries gaming gear.

We finished off the day in true eSports style with the 2012 European World of Warcraft Invitational. We saw eight of the world’s best arena teams fight through intense battles shoutcasted by well-known PvP player Azael, along with Conradical. The tournament was hosted by ESL at the Turtle Entertainment booth, and the grand final was streamed live onto the big screens at the Blizzard stage.

Congratulations go out to the top two teams!
First place: Yaspresents (Another, Zunniyaki, Câra)
Second place: I'm just being honest (Swapxy, Boetar, Blukstack)

They’re headed to represent Europe at the Battle.net World Championship in Shanghai, China in November!

It’s been an action-packed final day at gamescom, and an amazing week. We’d like to say thanks to everyone who stopped by the Blizzard booth! Take a look at our photo gallery for pictures from the event, and stay tuned for a full recap tomorrow!

gamescom 2012 is in Full Swing!
August 18, 2012

Loads of visitors have already stopped by our booth in Halle 6.1 (B21) of Cologne’s Koelnmesse since gamescom opened its doors to the public on Thursday, and they certainly haven’t been disappointed! Not only have they garnered some fantastic goodies, but they’ve also been epically entertained in true Blizzard style.

Today was the third public day of the event, the highlight of which had to be the Blizzard Costume Contest. A total of 18 contestants roused the crowd with incredibly creative depictions of their favorite Blizzard characters, including a demon hunter from Diablo III, a nightelf druid, Leah from Diablo III, Pandaren monk, Sylvanas Windrunner, a troll mage, a wizard from Diablo III, and a goblin hunter. But Svetlana Quindt from Nuernberg, Germany dressed as a barbarian from Diablo III really impressed our judges, taking first place. She worked on the costume for 1.5 years and has a blog where she shows the progress: http://www.kamuicosplay.com/2012/07/armor-armor-and-even-more-armor.html.
Svetlana went home with some amazing prizes from our partners: an XMG P502 PRO Gaming Notebook by Schenker, a SteelSeries Diablo® III Mouse, a SteelSeries 7G keyboard, a SteelSeries QcK Diablo® III Edition mouse pad, a SteelSeries Diablo® III Headset, and a Mega Bloks Deathwing’s Stormwind Assault set.

You can still participate in our World of Warcraft Dance Contest tomorrow at 14:30, for the chance to win an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 6 Series graphics card, a Mega Bloks Goblin Zeppelin Ambush set, and some SteelSeries gaming gear.

We also saw an intense StarCraft II show match today, shoutcasted by HomerJ. In this close match, White Ra beat Feast. We’ll have another exciting show match tomorrow at 13:00.

To round-out our eSports activities today, we also hosted our first World of Warcraft Live Raid. The crowd watched as members of the international hardcore raiding guild Method battled the main Cataclysm raid bosses, followed by an awesome PvP fight among guild members.

You can check out tomorrow’s live raid at 10:30, as members of the elite German raiding guild For The Horde complete the Dragon Soul raid in 25-man Heroic mode.

In addition to our costume contest and eSports activities, Blizzard artist Grace Liu showed off her talent once more during a live drawing session, where she created a stunning image of the Butcher from Diablo III. If you’ve missed her work, she’ll be back again once last time tomorrow at 12:00.

Grace was also there with fellow Blizzard developers John Lagrave, Ion Hazzikostas, David Kim, and Kaeo Milker for a final signing session at our booth. Just before the signing session, we saw our final Blizzard orchestral performance of gamescom. The crowd was treated to songs from all three of our franchises played by an eight-piece orchestra.

We’d like to thank everyone who’s stopped by our booth so far, but gamescom isn’t over yet! In addition to tomorrow’s activities mentioned above, you won’t want to miss the 2012 European World of Warcraft Invitational, where Europe’s best arena teams will battle it out. If you can’t make it to gamescom in person, you can watch the live stream of the tournament online. Just click on the image below for details.

















Visit the activities page for tomorrow’s full lineup, and see some updated pictures in our photo gallery.

We hope to see you tomorrow on the last day of gamescom 2012!

Friday at gamescom
August 17, 2012

Today was the second public day of gamescom 2012, and our second Mists of Pandaria Leveling Contest. This time it was Mark-Hendrik Moll who was the first to make it through the pandaren starting zone to level five, taking home an awesome Sindragosa and the Lich King set from Mega Bloks.

Rounding out the morning, StarCraft II fans were treated to some pro tips during StarCraft II Academy. German StarCraft II caster Sebastian “HomerJ” Schenck pulled two amateur StarCraft II players from the crowd on stage to coach their game. This definitely gave spectators some insight into the game and some expert advice on how to get an advantage over their opponents.

HomerJ also shoutcasted the StarCraft II show matches, with one immediately following his coaching session. Strelok prevailed after an exciting match with PIG.

In the afternoon, we saw our first Blizzard orchestral performance of gamescom! The crowd was enchanted to hear songs from World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III played by an eight-piece orchestra. If you missed today’s performance, you can see the orchestra again tomorrow at 16:00.

Blizzard developers Grace Liu, John Lagrave, Ion Hazzikostas, David Kim, and Kaeo Milker were signing autographs at the Blizzard booth, and will be back tomorrow at 16:30.

Grace also showed her artistic skills on stage as she created an amazing drawing of a witch doctor during a live drawing session. You can watch her at work again tomorrow and Sunday.

We ended the action-packed day with a second StarCraft II show match between Tarson and Moonglade. In the end Moonglade came out on top after an intense battle.

The fun is far from over! You can check out additional show matches and other activities until the end of the day on Sunday. You won’t want to miss our costume contest tomorrow at 14:30, and it’s not too late to sign up for the dance contest on Sunday! Of course you can still try to win some cool prizes during our quizzes several times daily.

As always, check out our photo gallery for updated pictures and our activities page for a full stage schedule. We hope to see you at the Blizzard booth!

gamescom 2012 Has Started!
August 16, 2012

gamescom has opened its doors to the public, and Blizzard Entertainment is right in the middle of all the action!

Today was the first fully public day of the event, and excitement is already mounting at the Blizzard booth. The highlight of the day was definitely the world premiere of the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria opening cinematic. The enthusiastic crowd was entertained by an exciting drum performance from MANAO – Drums of China, and treated to the unveiling of the latest creation from Blizzard’s cinematics team in both English and German.

But that wasn’t all. In our first Mists of Pandaria Leveling Contest, Justin SCHILLING was the fastest to race through the pandaren starting zone and make it to level five, winning a Sindragosa and the Lich King set from Mega Bloks! It’s not too late to try your luck in tomorrow’s leveling contest.

We also saw a showcase of some amazing fan art, and a live drawing session from Blizzard artist Grace Liu. She stunned the crowd as she created an incredibly detailed drawing of a witch doctor.

Grace was on hand with fellow Blizzard developers John Lagrave, Ion Hazzikostas, David Kim, and Kaeo Milker to sign autographs at the Blizzard booth. But if you missed them, don’t worry – we’ll have more Developer Signing Sessions tomorrow and Saturday!

The crowd was also wowed by two intense StarCraft II show matches. MC came out on top after an intense match with Puma. Supernova prevailed over Grubby. You can check out more pro gamers battling it out during show matches every day of gamescom!

There’s a lot more going on at the Blizzard booth this week, so be sure to stop by. Want some hands-on play time with the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria beta, the latest StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm multiplayer, and Diablo III? Don’t miss your chance to get in on the action – visit us in Halle 6.1 (B21) at the Koelnmesse in Cologne!

It’s not too late to have some fun and win some fantastic prizes from our partners. Come take part in the Blizzard Costume Contest on Saturday, or the World of Warcraft Dance Contest on Sunday. You can also try your luck during our quizzes several times each day.

Be sure to check out our photo gallery for updated pictures from the Blizzard booth, and visit our activities page for a full schedule of what’s to come.

We hope to see you here at gamescom 2012!

eSports Action at gamescom
August 16, 2012

You definitely won’t want to miss the exciting eSports activities that await you at the Blizzard booth at gamescom 2012. You’ll be able to watch StarCraft II show matches every public day of the event, as well as live World of Warcraft raids with top international guilds, and the 2012 European World of Warcraft Invitational!

See some of the best-known pro gamers from all over the globe battling it out for your viewing pleasure in StarCraft II show matches at our booth on Friday at 12:30 and 17:30, on Saturday at 10:30 and 17:30, and on Sunday at 13:00.

Some of the top names in eSports will be there to show off their skills and have a great time in the process, including players from our StarCraft II World Championship Series global tournament.

The matches will be expertly shoutcasted by well-known German commentator HomerJ.

Are you a StarCraft II noob and want to learn more? Don’t miss our StarCraft II Academy session on Friday at 12:00, where HomerJ will also teach you how to get an edge on your opponent.

But Blizzard eSports isn’t just about StarCraft! You can also watch as two well-known international World of Warcraft guilds take down mighty enemies during exciting live raids on Saturday at 13:00 and on Sunday at 10:30.

On Saturday, witness members of the international guild Method take down the main Cataclysm raid bosses, followed by an epic PvP fight among guild members. On Sunday, members of the long-standing elite German raiding guild For The Horde – with many accomplishments under their belt, including a world-first kill of Cho’gall in Heroic mode – will dash through the Dragon Soul raid in 25-man Heroic mode.

For more live World of Warcraft action, watch via live stream as some of the world’s best PvP players compete in the 2012 European World of Warcraft Invitational. Eight teams of three players will battle it out for a prize pool of $30,000 USD, with the top two teams moving on to represent Europe in the BWC Global Finals in China.

The competition will be shoutcasted by well-known PvP player Azael, as well as Conradical. It will be hosted by ESL at their booth and the grand final will be streamed live onto Blizzard’s giant screens on Sunday at 16:00.

You can catch all this amazing live eSports action at the Blizzard booth in Halle 6.1 (B21). Visit our Activities page for details and a downloadable stage schedule.

gamescom 2012 Starts This Week
August 13, 2012

The world’s biggest games convention begins this Wednesday, August 15, in Cologne! Be sure to stop by the Blizzard Entertainment booth in Halle 6.1 (B21) at the Koelnmesse for some unforgettable activities and a sneak peek at our newest games.

Catch the world premiere of the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria opening cinematic at 14:00 on August 16, the first fully public day of the event. Check out the Mists of Pandaria beta and the latest StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm multiplayer, and relive the excitement of Diablo III. Watch as pro gamers battle it out in exciting StarCraft II show matches, and see how top guilds annihilate bosses in live World of Warcraft raids. Hear the enchanting music from our games performed by an orchestra, view live drawing sessions by a Blizzard artist, or participate in our quizzes.

You could also get your hands on some fabulous prizes from our partners with our contests! It’s not too late to sign up for the Blizzard Costume Contest, World of Warcraft Dance Contest, or Mists of Pandaria Leveling Contest!

Experience all this and much more at the Blizzard booth. Visit our Activities page for full details, and stop by the official gamescom site for info on the event.

We look forward to seeing you at gamescom 2012!

Win Awesome Prizes with Blizzard
August 8, 2012

You’ll definitely want to stop by the Blizzard booth at gamescom 2012 to try out our newest games and witness the array of entertaining activities on our stage. But you’ll also have the chance to participate in our contests and quizzes to win some incredible prizes from our partners!

The lucky winner of the Blizzard Costume Contest will take home an XMG P502 PRO Gaming Notebook from Schenker, some awesome gaming gear from SteelSeries, and a Mega Bloks Deathwing’s Stormwind Assault set. Charm our judges in the World of Warcraft Dance Contest to win an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 6 Series graphics card, a Mega Bloks Goblin Zeppelin Ambush set, and SteelSeries gaming gear. Runners-up for both contests can also look forward to more SteelSeries gear, T-shirts from J!NX, Cryptozoic loot cards, Mega Bloks packs, and more.

The winners of the Mists of Pandaria Leveling Contest will walk away with a Mega Bloks Sindragosa and the Lich King set, while runners-up could also snag some swag from SteelSeries, J!NX, and Mega Bloks.

In addition to our contests, you could also be chosen to participate in the Blizzard quizzes happening several times each day for the chance to win some novels and calendars from Panini, as well as more amazing loot from our partners.

Head to the Blizzard booth to play our games for yourselves, and you can also try out the latest Blizzard licensed peripherals from Razer and SteelSeries.

Visit our Prizes page for details on the goods up for grabs, and check out our Activities page for more information on our contests and a full stage schedule.

We’ll see you next week at gamescom!

Blizzard Activities Confirmed for gamescom 2012
July 25, 2012

It’s nearly time for gamescom 2012, and we hope you’re as excited as we are for the slew of awesome activities we have in store for you at the Blizzard booth!

The world premiere of the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria opening cinematic will wow the crowds at our booth during the first fully public day of the event, Thursday August 16, at 14:00. We’ll also have a live drum performance from MANAO - Drums of China – the all-female Chinese drumming group that opened and closed the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

You can also participate in our Mists of Pandaria Leveling Contest on Thursday and Friday, or step into the spotlight for the Blizzard Costume Contest and the World of Warcraft Dance Contest, on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Impress our judges and win some amazing prizes from our partners.

Experience the enchanting music from the World of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo franchises performed by a live orchestra on Friday and Saturday, or watch as Blizzard artist Grace Liu demonstrates her drawing skills live on stage each day of the event. You can also take home autographs from Blizzard developers during developer signing sessions on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

You’ll be able to witness some of the best pro gamers from around the world battle it out for your viewing pleasure in StarCraft II show matches throughout the event, including players from our StarCraft II World Championship Series global tournament. If you’re a noob, fret not – you can attend our StarCraft II Academy session on Friday, where a well-known StarCraft II personality will teach you how to get an edge on your opponent.

Watch as two well-known World of Warcraft guilds annihilate the mightiest enemies during exciting live raids on Saturday and Sunday. You can also witness some of the planet’s best PvP players fight it out in the 2012 European World of Warcraft Invitational Final on Sunday afternoon, streamed live from the Turtle Entertainment booth.

You can also show off your Blizzard knowledge and win some sweet swag during our quizzes, which will happen several times a day. You’ll find all the details for these activities and more on our Activities page.

You can download a printable version of the Blizzard Entertainment gamescom 2012 stage schedule here.

New updates will be posted here as gamescom approaches, so be sure to check back often! We’ll see you at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Halle 6.1 (B21), August 15-19.

More Details on Mists of Pandaria Opening Cinematic World Premiere
July 20, 2012

Don’t miss the world premiere of the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria opening cinematic at gamescom 2012! The latest creation from Blizzard’s cinematics team will be shown in both English and German on giant screens at our booth in Halle 6.1 (B21).

The opening cinematic will debut at 14:00 on Thursday, August 16, the first fully public day of gamescom. This much-anticipated unveiling will be accompanied by a performance from MANAO - Drums of China – the all-female Chinese drumming group that opened and closed the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. A signing session with Blizzard developers will immediately follow the premiere.

Remember that from August 15-19, our booth will also be showcasing World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, and Diablo III, as well as our famous dance and costume contests, and many other activities.

Visit our Activities page for details, and be sure to check back here soon for more on what we have in store for you at gamescom!

Blizzard Games at gamescom
July 17, 2012

You’ll find our costume and dance contests, eSports action, live raids, and all-around excitement at the Blizzard Entertainment booth at gamescom 2012. But perhaps best of all, you’ll be able to try out our newest games for yourselves!

Don’t miss your chance to explore the ancient realm of Pandaria with the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria beta build, vanquish your enemies in the latest StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm multiplayer build, or battle the legions of the Burning Hells in Diablo III!

Experience the games first-hand at the Blizzard booth in Halle 6.1 (B21) at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, August 15 to 19. Be sure to check back here in the coming weeks for more information and a full schedule of activities!

You can find more information on our games on the Blizzard website.

Blizzard Costume and Dance Contests at gamescom 2012
July 12, 2012

Ready to exhibit your talent at gamescom 2012? Become your favorite character and flaunt your creativity in the Blizzard Costume Contest on Saturday, August 18. Be the terran, goblin, zerg or pandaren; mage, zealot, monk or demon hunter you’ve always wanted to be. The choice is yours!

The winner will receive some awesome prizes from our partners: an XMG P502 PRO Gaming Notebook by Schenker, a SteelSeries Diablo® III Mouse, a SteelSeries 7G keyboard, a SteelSeries QcK Diablo® III Edition mouse pad, a SteelSeries Diablo® III Headset, and a Mega Bloks Deathwing’s Stormwind Assault set.

Eager to show off your moves? Choose a World of Warcraft race and put on your dancing shoes for the Blizzard Dance Contest on Sunday, August 19. Get ready to waltz like a worgen, boogie like a blood elf, or tango like a tauren.

The winner will receive an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 6 Series graphics card, a Mega Bloks Goblin Zeppelin Ambush set, as well as the same SteelSeries mouse, keyboard, mouse pad, and headset listed above.

If you’d like to sign up for the costume or dance contest, just send us an email at gamescom2012@blizzard.com with your name, date of birth, and a description of your dance or costume, with either [costume contest] or [dance contest] in the subject line. We expect swarms of competitors, so be sure to contact us as soon as possible. We’ll let you know if you’re selected to participate.

More information on these two contests along with a full schedule of all activities will be posted here soon, so be sure to check back. You can also visit our Activities page for details. Experience our costume and dance contests firsthand at the Blizzard Entertainment booth in Halle 6.1 (B21) at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, August 18 and 19 respectively.

Join Us at gamescom 2012
June 29, 2012

The largest games convention on Earth is happening in Cologne, Germany from August 15 to 19 this year. Blizzard Entertainment is excited to announce our presence at gamescom 2012, where visitors will have the chance to witness the world premiere of the World of Warcraft®: Mists of Pandaria™ opening cinematic. The latest creation from Blizzard’s cinematics team will be shown on giant screens at our booth on Thursday, August 16, the first fully public day of the event.

We’re also pleased to announce that this year we’ll be showcasing World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, Diablo® III, and StarCraft® II: Heart of the Swarm™! Don’t miss your chance to experience the games first-hand and to meet members of the development teams. In addition, be sure to get creative and join in our famous dance and costume competitions.

Visit the Blizzard Entertainment booth in Halle 6.1 (B21) at the Koelnmesse in Cologne and prepare to be epically entertained. For more information on gamescom, check out the official site.