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Blizzard WCS Spectator Tickets Sold Out in 15 Minutes!

Jul 22 2012 01:00 PM | inmaniac  in ACL News
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Fans of Starcraft are left to gather themselves after the excitement of snatching up their spectator tickets for the Blizzard World Championship Series Australian Nationals and Oceania Finals.

A total of 600 spectator tickets, 300 each for Saturday and Sunday, were available for free as of 9am today from ACL’s website. Needless to say, the tickets were eagerly anticipated by fans of Starcraft from all around the country and it’s easy to see why.

16 of Australia’s best Starcraft gamers including household names Moonglade, Pig and Mafia, as well as former Starcraft: Brood War Pro Legionnaire, will go head to head during the Australian Nationals on Friday and Saturday 10-11 August. At the conclusion of the Australian Nationals, the top 6 players will go through to meet the 2 of New Zealand’s finest gamers to face off in the Oceanic Finals.

The Australian Nationals have a cool $10,000USD Prize Pool, so a lot is at stake. The 8 players who made it through to the Oceania Finals will then compete for their share of a whopping $15,000USD prize money on Sunday August 12. Not only does the winner get to roll in their share of the cash, but they also get their shot to take on the best in the world as they will qualify for the Blizzard World Championship Series Finals to be held in China later in the year.

It’s shaping up to be quite an event, with not only Australia’s best players but also the World’s best casters and commentators in attendance. The “Casting Archon” Tastosis, arguably the world’s most renowned Starcraft casting duo, along with HD&PainUser, two of the USA’s greatest casters will be attending the event to help bring you the most entertaining and highest quality stream possible. The event will also be MC’d by our very own Maynarde.

If you weren’t one of the lucky people who got their ticket, never fear, as there will be some ticket giveaways happening over coming weeks. You can also tune in to our high quality stream from midday Saturday at www.twitch.tv/aclprosc2.

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king arrow 

23 July 2012 - 01:44 PM
Holy poop!
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Heners 

23 July 2012 - 03:39 PM
Super duper excited for this to take place, can't wait!
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BrainSeeker 2.0 

23 July 2012 - 04:02 PM
So it begins...
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Titan 

23 July 2012 - 05:00 PM

View PostBrainSeeker 2.0, on 23 July 2012 - 04:02 PM, said:

So it begins...

Nice Lord of the Rings quote you got there
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Wrath 

23 July 2012 - 05:36 PM
Got my tickets : )
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Talwin 

23 July 2012 - 05:44 PM
If only I lived in Sydney haha I'd mug Dylan for his tickets at the door lol
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Ardrigh 

23 July 2012 - 11:49 PM
Dear Starcraft II Australian Nationals organisers,

My friend and I are both Starcraft fans who thoroughly enjoy watching quality players via twitch.tv. Nothing beats experiencing something in person however and we have both enthusiastically been looking forward to going to this event. Unfortunately, both of us are business professional with business commitments that prevented us from being at the keyboard spamming F5 at 9am this morning. The result is that we missed out on tickets for either day.

I don't believe that this makes us any less legitimate fans than the people who were fortunate enough to receive spectator tickets. I do believe that by arranging how the tickets were distributed in this manner, shows a considerable lack of market knowledge and does a disservice to legitimate Starcraft II fans. SImply by having quality casters at the event such as the likes of Tasteless and Artosis gives the tickets more value than AU $0. The tickets to the event certainly had a lot higher value to my friend and I. We were both flying in from interstate and going to stay at a hotel for the weekend solely to be spectators at this event. Not to mention, I had made arrangements for someone else to cover my oncall responsibilities for this specific weekend. As this weekend was going to cause considerable cost to us already, of course we were willing and indeed expecting to fork out for a couple of tickets for this event.

The topic for this thread is even misleading. By claiming "sold out" implies that a transaction of currency has occured. I put forward that giving away 600 tickets in 15 minutes is hardly an accomplishment. Humans by nature love stuff that is free and there are people who will grab the tickets if there is only .01% of a chance of them actually attending. I suspect that there are some Starcraft II fans who have the skills and knowledge necessary to be able to claim 600 free tickets in 15 minutes solely by themselves if they were so inclined.

I respectfully request that the next time a similar event is held, that Starcraft II and the fans who follow it receive the respect they deserve and a much better way of allocating tickets is devised.

A bitterly disappointed Starcraft fan,

J
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Beware 

24 July 2012 - 12:14 AM
I apologise that you feel this way. It is very unfortunate that you missed out when you seem like a very avid SC2 Fan. I don't think however you would be saying "fans who follow it receive the respect they deserve and a much better way of allocating tickets is devised" if you managed to get a ticket - far from claiming it was perfect, but everyone was in the same boat as yourself. Again, I apologise you missed out and I hope you keep an eye out for future announcements about potential 'giveaway' tickets that may be announced (as seen here: https://twitter.com/...179932273479680) and information regarding a press release that will be live in the next day or two regarding this very issue.
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Talwin 

24 July 2012 - 12:28 AM

View PostArdrigh, on 23 July 2012 - 11:49 PM, said:


Humans by nature love stuff that is free and there are people who will grab the tickets if there is only .01% of a chance of them actually attending.



I reckon that in the event that people didn't make it ACL might have a list of secondary tickets or something like that. But I have an inkling that people who asked for ticket are %100 commited to attending this event because they are probably like yourself, a Starcraft fan. Hell I know if I lived in Sydney I would have been spamming my F5 button at 9am this morning :)
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Prophet of Truth 

24 July 2012 - 12:38 AM

View PostArdrigh, on 23 July 2012 - 11:49 PM, said:

Dear Starcraft II Australian Nationals organisers,

My friend and I are both Starcraft fans who thoroughly enjoy watching quality players via twitch.tv. Nothing beats experiencing something in person however and we have both enthusiastically been looking forward to going to this event. Unfortunately, both of us are business professional with business commitments that prevented us from being at the keyboard spamming F5 at 9am this morning. The result is that we missed out on tickets for either day.

Claiming tickets for this event is just like any other event where there is a limited number of tickets. You see, that's the thing, there are a finite number of tickets and just because you and your friend are "business professional with business commitments" doesn't mean you should be treated any differently.

View PostArdrigh, on 23 July 2012 - 11:49 PM, said:

I don't believe that this makes us any less legitimate fans than the people who were fortunate enough to receive spectator tickets.


Umm, maybe not "less legitimate", but definitely less dedicated. ;) I know people who went to great lengths to ensure they got their ticket

View PostArdrigh, on 23 July 2012 - 11:49 PM, said:

I do believe that by arranging how the tickets were distributed in this manner, shows a considerable lack of market knowledge and does a disservice to legitimate Starcraft II fans.


Don't quote me, but I'm pretty sure they let people know when the tickets were available and how to get them.

View PostArdrigh, on 23 July 2012 - 11:49 PM, said:

SImply by having quality casters at the event such as the likes of Tasteless and Artosis gives the tickets more value than AU $0. The tickets to the event certainly had a lot higher value to my friend and I. We were both flying in from interstate and going to stay at a hotel for the weekend solely to be spectators at this event. Not to mention, I had made arrangements for someone else to cover my oncall responsibilities for this specific weekend. As this weekend was going to cause considerable cost to us already, of course we were willing and indeed expecting to fork out for a couple of tickets for this event.


What kind of retard books sh** without confirming their tickets? OR at least as a bare minimum ask someone to get tickets for them, while they were busy being "business professional with business commitments". Also, a $0 entry is something the community should be GRATEFUL for....

View PostArdrigh, on 23 July 2012 - 11:49 PM, said:

The topic for this thread is even misleading. By claiming "sold out" implies that a transaction of currency has occured. I put forward that giving away 600 tickets in 15 minutes is hardly an accomplishment. Humans by nature love stuff that is free and there are people who will grab the tickets if there is only .01% of a chance of them actually attending. I suspect that there are some Starcraft II fans who have the skills and knowledge necessary to be able to claim 600 free tickets in 15 minutes solely by themselves if they were so inclined.


Should've grabbed those 600 tix eh champ?

View PostArdrigh, on 23 July 2012 - 11:49 PM, said:

I respectfully request that the next time a similar event is held, that Starcraft II and the fans who follow it receive the respect they deserve and a much better way of allocating tickets is devised.

A bitterly disappointed Starcraft fan,

J


I respectfully request that ignorant, naive, ungrateful people such as yourself pull your heads out of your ass and see what organisations like ACL are doing for the Aussie eSports scene.

A proud eSports fan,

Truth
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BrainSeeker 2.0 

24 July 2012 - 09:24 AM
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Dark Lord NZ 

24 July 2012 - 10:03 AM
There's taking it far, and then there's taking it too far, this thread just showed me the difference
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Midst 

24 July 2012 - 12:17 PM
I would have loved to go, but I didn't get a ticket. Am I disappointed? Yes slightly. Is anyone else to blame for the circumstance that I was put in which made one of the tickets unavailable? No. Which I very much indeed believe is the same answer that you should have to these questions.

An event of such caliber definitely wouldn't have been so poorly organized or planned as you may believe, especially when it comes to the gaming community, which ACL themselves care very much about. Prior preparation prevents piss poor performance. Perhaps you should have thought ahead or even better still; if you are such an avid fan of the title and follow the community so much, surely you must have contacts that could have procured a ticket for you? Your disappointment is merely a reflection of your own failure to use a bit of foresight and ensure a place for yourself through other means.

I am very familiar with most of the ACL staff and those that put a lot of their time and effort into making sure there is still a plain in which gamers from all around Australia can compete. I feel that your remark of being lacking in marketing knowledge was unjustified and I must ask you to apologize.

Any imbecile can do simple maths. The fact they could have sold each spectator ticket for a mere $10 is basic mathematics, which anyone could see would be quite beneficial for ACL, who strive to keep it afloat given the strong demand from players and the community, including people such as yourself. The tickets would have gone at the exact same rate of decline because $10 is not a large sum to pay. You're retort has made me think quite little of you.

That being said, I do share your disappointment and hope that there will be another chance for spectator passes to be handed out to those unfortunate people such as us.

Everything else aside, that is great news. I wish you all the best of luck with the event and hope for a smooth running tournament with an excellent result. I hope to at least be able to make it to another final so we can party and I can assert my beardly dominance.

Midst out.
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