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Blizzard Announces Global Launch Events

If you are hotly anticipating the release of the Mists of Pandaria expansion for World of Warcraft, but are either too poor or your friends are too far away to have an awesome party to celebrate, Blizzard is making sure you have a fall back plan.

The North American launch party will be taking place in Irvine, California on September 24 between 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. PST at the Irvine Spectrum Center! Blizzard wants you all to be there, but if you can’t, there will be a live stream available thanks to the people at Machinima.com here.

Besides watching people nerd out over possibly the biggest expansion to World of Warcraft to date, there are a host of cool events going on at the launch:

-A Challenge Mode duel between a team of skilled Blizzard employees and elite Blood Legion guild members! The fastest team wins, and we’ll have Blizzard eSports’ Rob Simpson shoutcasting with World of Warcraft lead encounter designer Ion Hazzikostas providing design commentary.
-Gamer/actress Felicia Day will make a special guest appearance with an exclusive look at the upcoming sixth season of The Guild.

-Blizzard’s Chief Storyteller Chris Metzen will be fielding questions live on-stage!

-Plenty of loot giveaways! (You can pretend you are getting the loot.)

There will also be launch parties in Paris, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Cologne, and Stockholm… WOW!

If you want the Euro version, check out the stream here.

The Digital Launch Event, scheduled to start at 22:30 Paris time (CEST), will bring all the fun of the live events from around Europe right onto gamers’ screens. Blizzard artists and developers including Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street will be on hand in each city to offer insight into the latest expansion, and the show will also include spectacular entertainment such as a live orchestra playing music from Mists of Pandaria, MANAO – Drums of China and much, much more.

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