Blizzard Entertainment announced late last week that the legendary Weird Al Yankovic will be taking the stage on Saturday, November 5, to close out Blizzard’s two-day gaming convention with his musical comedy live show.
Tickets for BlizzCon in Anaheim are sold out, but gamers and Weird Al fans without a ticket have the option of watching live with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket which are going for $39.99 (£32).
With a catalog of hits spanning 14 studio albums, Weird Al has time and again had hits with his satirical treatments of pop songs, including ‘Eat It’, ‘Amish Paradise’ and ‘Smells Like Nirvana’. His music has earned him four Grammy Awards, eleven further nominations, four gold records, and six platinum records. His latest album, Mandatory Fun, was released to critical acclaim in 2014 and was the first comedy album in history to debut at #1 on the Billboard charts.
Mike Morhaime, CEO and Cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment said: “We’re super excited to close out our tenth BlizzCon with a performance from an epic showman—and fellow gee. Weird Al has entertained millions of people around the world with his hilarious music, and we’re thrilled that he’s bringing mandatory fun to the show and everyone following along with a Virtual Ticket.”
Weird Al himself added: “I’m very excited to be playing at BlizzCon because it’ll be one of the few times in my life where a significant percentage of the audience is even nerdier than I am!”
BlizzCon will feature esports tournaments, in-depth developer panels, contests and more. The Virtual Ticket also comes with a cache of commemorate in-game goodies for a variety of Blizzard games, including a pair of murloc pets in World of Warcraft, a convention-themed Bastion skin for Overwatch, and more.
Esports Insider says: $39.99 seems a little high for a virtual ticket but Blizzard has undoubtedly added value by bringing in Weird Al to close off proceedings. For those who got their ticket for Anaheim, it looks set to be a great weekend.