Press release

BlizzCon® is Back

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Blizzard community members everywhere are invited to rally together for
a weekend full of gaming, esports, cosplay, camaraderie, and the latest
Blizzard Entertainment news at BlizzCon®
2019
, taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center on November 1
and 2. Tickets to the show go on sale soon in two waves: Saturday,
May 4,
and Wednesday, May 8.

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Replacing the goody bag of previous years, every ticket purchase comes with a choice of premium Bliz ...

Replacing the goody bag of previous years, every ticket purchase comes with a choice of premium BlizzCon Commemorative Collectible statue—either a human footman or orc grunt, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Warcraft. (Graphic: Business Wire)

BlizzCon 2019 will feature a wide range of attractions and activities
for attendees, including in-depth developer panels, world-class esports
competition, and opportunities for community creativity to shine in the
spotlight. In addition, BlizzCon is expanding to include more active
hall space at the convention center as well as the new “BlizzCon
Pregame Festivities”
—a fun and casual get-together running outside
of the convention center on the day before the show.

“BlizzCon has served as a home away from home for the Blizzard
community, a place where online friends can meet up in real life and new
friendships are formed,” said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard
Entertainment. “We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone to the show
this year, reconnecting, celebrating, and sharing some of our latest
developments.”

Some of the greatest Blizzard esports moments of all time have taken
place at BlizzCon, and this year’s show is sure to continue that
tradition. Esports highlights for BlizzCon 2019 include the Hearthstone®
Global Finals, capping off the inaugural year of Hearthstone
Grandmasters
; the Overwatch®
World Cup
; the epic global finals for the StarCraft®
II
World Championship Series
; the World
of Warcraft
® Arena World Championship Finals
;
and the inaugural global finals of the World
of Warcraft
Mythic Dungeon International
.

Three BlizzCon Pass Options

Also new this year is the “BlizzCon Portal Pass,” a separate
ticket option that offers an array of perks to enhance the BlizzCon
experience, including access to Darkmoon Faire during a new “Night at
the Faire” event on the eve of BlizzCon. The Portal Pass also includes
several convenience-related extras, such as an option to be among the
first to enter the show on Friday and Saturday, preferred parking,
separate registration and security lines, a dedicated lounge for taking
a load off during BlizzCon and mingling with Blizzard employees, and
more.

In addition to the Portal Pass, the core BlizzCon Pass will be
available, offering the same full general-admission access as in
previous years—along with access to the new BlizzCon Pregame
Festivities. The BlizzCon Benefit Dinner will also be available
again this year, offering a chance to meet and chat with developers,
artists, and other folks from Blizzard the night before the show at a
laid-back charity dinner—as well as full general-admission access to the
show and all of the perks provided with the Portal Pass. As in past
years, net proceeds from the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner go to benefit CHOC
Children’s
, whose mission is to nurture, advance, and protect the
health and well-being of children.

Quantities of all three ticket types will be available in both
waves—unlike previous years, there will not be a separate wave for the
BlizzCon Benefit Dinner. The first sale will take place Saturday, May 4,
at 10:00 a.m. PDT, and the second will take place Wednesday, May 8, at
7:00 p.m. PDT. The sale is being conducted by online ticketing vendor AXS
(details on the AXS waiting room system and helpful tips for the
purchase process can be found at www.blizzcon.com).
In addition to applicable taxes and fees, pricing is $229 for the
BlizzCon Pass, $550 for the BlizzCon Portal Pass, and $750 for the
BlizzCon Benefit Dinner.

Choice of BlizzCon Commemorative Collectible Statue

All three purchase options will include the BlizzCon in-game goodies (to
be announced), along with a choice of BlizzCon Commemorative Collectible
statue—either a mighty Orc Grunt or bold Human Footman—in celebration of
the 25th anniversary of Warcraft®. Note that
the statue selection must be made and will be locked during the
ticket-purchase process.
Created in the style of the popular
Blizzard Legends series, the statues will take the place of the Goody
Bag from previous years. The statues will also be sold separately during
a limited window, starting May 4, for attendees who would prefer to have
both and for anyone else who would like to purchase them.

Further details on this year’s BlizzCon as well as the different
ticketing options, attendee perks, the collectible statues, and more can
be found at www.blizzcon.com.

Prospective attendees can make advance hotel reservations now and
receive special BlizzCon rates by booking through the BlizzCon
hotel website
.

More information about the show, including ways to watch BlizzCon online
and get this year’s in-game goodies, will be provided in the months
ahead.

About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Best known for
blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft®, Hearthstone,
Overwatch®, the Warcraft, StarCraft®, and Diablo®
franchises, and the multi-franchise Heroes of the Storm®,
Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com),
a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer
and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of
the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s
track record includes twenty-two #1 games* and numerous Game
of the Year awards. The company’s online gaming service, Blizzard
Battle.net®, is one of the largest online-gaming services in the world,
with millions of active players.

*Sales and/or downloads, based on internal company
records and reports from key distribution partners.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements:
Information
in this press release that involves Blizzard Entertainment’s
expectations, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the future,
including statements about BlizzCon 2019, such as the show and
ticket-sale dates, pricing, and included features, content, and perks,
such as the BlizzCon Pregame Festivities and Night at the Market,
esports activities, and Warcraft 25th anniversary statue, are
forward-looking statements that are not facts and involve a number of
risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause Blizzard
Entertainment’s actual future results to differ materially from those
expressed in the forward-looking statements set forth in this release
include unanticipated product delays and other factors identified in the
risk factors sections of Activision Blizzard’s most recent annual report
on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The
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date of this release, and neither Blizzard Entertainment nor Activision
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are beyond its control and may cause actual results to differ materially
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