|Blizzard Worldwide Invitational|
|Status||Defunct, merged with BlizzCon|
COEX Convention Center|
Porte de Versailles
Seoul, South Korea|
|Inaugurated||January 15-18, 2004|
|Most recent||June 28/29, 2008|
|Organized by||Blizzard Entertainment|
Blizzard Worldwide Invitationals (abbreviated as WWI) were public events organized by Blizzard Entertainment similar to BlizzCons, but which usually took place in other locations in the world other than the United States.
These events effectively stopped after 2008, but similar events have continued such as the World of Warcraft-related events were called "Arena Invitationals" or "World of Warcraft Invitationals".
|WWI 2004||January 15-18, 2004||Seoul, South Korea, COEX Convention Center||Free|
|WWI 2006||February 3-5, 2006||Seoul, South Korea, COEX Convention Center||Invite-only||LiveArchive|
|WWI 2007||May 19-20, 2007||Seoul, South Korea, Olympic Gymnastics and Fencing Stadiums||Free||StarCraft II||WWI 2007|
|WWI 2008||June 28-29, 2008||Paris, France, Porte de Versailles||70 €||Diablo III||WWI 2008|
The 2007 Blizzard Worldwide Invitational was announced on March 7, 2007, and was hosted in Seoul, South Korea on May 19, 2007. This event ended on May 20, 2007. Several tournaments were hosted for the games Warcraft III and StarCraft: Brood War. For Brood War, eight players were invited with four of them coming from the international scene and four from South Korea. The most important event during the Convention was the first StarCraft II Trailer and the announcement of Brood War's predecessor. Even with the information's being very scarce, the announce hit like a bomb and resulted in the tournament being widely unrecognized afterward. The Chinese Protoss Legend was originally invited to join the WWI but was eventually replaced by the Taiwanese Zerg SEn due to Visa problems. Even with all foreigners being dominating players during 2007, none could really make a stand against the Koreans, except for SEn, who won a single game against sAviOr.
The 2008 Blizzard Worldwide Invitational was announced on February 11, 2008, and was hosted in Paris, France on June 28-29, 2008. Tickets for this event was sold out the day they were available. Over the course of the event, the two big announcements were Diablo III and three iterations of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, Heart of the Swarm, and Legacy of the Void.
Some additional activities were available:
- A chance to try World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King and StarCraft II
- Discussion panels with Blizzard developers
- Artist and developer signings
- Competitive and casual player tournaments
- Costume, dance and other player contests with great prizes
- Live musical performances
- Merchandise; a silent auction
- Exclusive board game: StarCraft: The Board Game: Typhon Expansion Promotion
- Announced the World of Warcraft: The Board Game: Scion of Darkness expansion
- Main article: BlizzCon 2009
The 2009 Worldwide Invitational was merged with BlizzCon 2009.
WWI 2008 key art for Warcraft
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