We are pleased to announce that this year, for the first time, all of our streaming tournament coverage for BlizzCon will be available in both high-resolution and low-resolution formats, and you can choose whichever fits your available bandwidth. The BlizzCon website will host one stream featuring StarCraft and Warcraft III events and another dedicated to World of Warcraft. As in previous years, all of this streaming tournament coverage will be provided free of charge. Be sure to tune in to find out which teams and players are the best in the world by visiting the BlizzCon site on August 21 and 22.
To clarify, the tournament coverage streams are free, but to watch panels, see new announcements as they are made, or receive the in-game pet, you will need to order the Pay Per View Internet stream.
Alienware is providing one more chance at a pair of tickets to BlizzCon 2009. Visit their site to register for a chance to win, and to check out their back-to-school specials on gaming hardware. No purchase is necessary to enter.
Be sure to check out the rules and conditions for details on the sweepstakes, and register before July 31.
The brackets for the Warcraft III and World of Warcraft Arena tournaments at BlizzCon are now live. These brackets show the starting matches and also provide some information about the contestants who will be competing in this year's BlizzCon tournaments. Each participant qualified based on their outstanding performance at their respective regional final. We will be updating these brackets during BlizzCon, so make sure to check back to see the latest tournament results and replays.
Please note that the StarCraft Invitational information will be updated as we near Blizzcon.
Check out the brackets here: Warcraft III, World of Warcraft Arena Tournament.
SteelSeries has just unveiled the first of a new line of StarCraft II gaming surfaces featuring original artwork from the game. Developed to meet the requirements of pro gamers, these pads boast a high-quality cloth surface optimized for precision laser and optical mouse tracking. Check them out at Steelseries.com.
The Battle.net Mobile Authenticator, an optional security tool to help prevent unauthorized Battle.net account access, is now available for a wide range of mobile phones and carriers in the United States and Europe. Previously available only for the Apple iPhone, the Battle.net Mobile Authenticator is a mobile application that generates a one-time password to use in addition to your regular account ID and password when logging in to a Battle.net account or any merged World of Warcraft accounts.
Visit mobile.blizzard.com to purchase the application for 99 cents, or to download Blizzard Entertainment ringtones for $1.50 each and wallpapers for 99 cents apiece. iPhone and iPod touch users can download the Battle.net Mobile Authenticator for free from the Apple App Store. For more information, visit www.battle.net/bma or check out the Battle.net Mobile Authenticator FAQ.