Blizzard Entertainment Establishes State-of-the-Art Live-Event Destination: Blizzard Arena Los Angeles

Cutting-edge entertainment venue with a legendary past will host a
steady schedule of premier live competition, including the Overwatch
League™, Hearthstone® Championship Tour, and more

Tickets for the first events available now

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–World-class esports have a new home in the entertainment capital of the
world. Blizzard Entertainment today unveiled Blizzard Arena Los Angeles,
a cutting-edge live-event destination for pro players, esports fans, and
everyone else who loves premier competition. Situated in the legendary
Burbank Studios, once home to groundbreaking television shows,
the studio at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles has been custom-tailored to
support an exciting live-event experience for local attendees and
broadcast audiences around the world. When the Arena opens for business
on October 7, top competitors from across Blizzard esports will be the
newest stars to shine on one of the most celebrated stages in television

“We’re at a tipping point for esports and we look forward to helping
usher in a new era of competition-based entertainment,” said Mike
Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “As we open the
doors of Blizzard Arena Los Angeles and welcome fans from around the
world, we’re honored to bring the best in Blizzard esports to the same
stage that some of the biggest names in entertainment have called home.”

With multiple sound stages, control rooms, and practice facilities,
Blizzard Arena Los Angeles was built to support a full slate of
competitive events year-round. In addition, the Burbank, California
arena will house a Blizzard retail store that rotates stock for event
attendees based on the competitions taking place at the time.

Blizzard Arena Los Angeles will open its doors to the public for the
first time on the weekend of October 7–8 with the Overwatch Contenders
Season One Playoffs taking center stage. The culmination of a summer of
formidable European and North American competition, the Overwatch
Contenders Playoffs will crown the top Contenders teams in each region.

Beginning October 13, the Hearthstone® Championship Tour’s Summer
Championship will bring top-notch Hearthstone pros to the Arena for a
full weekend of competition, with $250,000 on the line. The global
tournament will conclude the third act of the HCT and set the table for
the Hearthstone World Championship, taking place in early 2018.

The early battles of both the Heroes of the Storm® Global Championship
(HGC) Finals and World of Warcraft® Arena Championship will be held at
Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in late October, with top Heroes of the Storm
and WoW® Arena players looking to fight their way onto the championship
stages at BlizzCon®,
Blizzard’s annual community celebration in Anaheim, California, taking
place November 3–4.

Then, later this year, some of the top Overwatch® players in the world
will take their first steps toward stardom at the Arena when the
Overwatch League opens a new era in professional esports. With the
players leading the way, the city-based franchises of the Overwatch
League have their sights set on establishing a new standard for esports

Tickets are available now for the Overwatch
Contenders Playoffs
and the HCT
Summer Championship

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. (,
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-one #1 games* and multiple Game of the Year
awards. Blizzard, the company’s online-gaming service, is one
of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.

*Based on internal company records and reports from key distribution

© 2017 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved. OVERWATCH,
and BLIZZCON are trademarks or registered trademarks of Blizzard
Entertainment, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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 the opening dates, features and expected events at
Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, and the dates and features of the Overwatch
Contenders Season One Playoffs, Hearthstone Championship Tour’s Summer
Championship, Hearthstone World Championship, Heroes of the Storm Global
Championship Finals, World of Warcraft Arena Championship, Overwatch
League and BlizzCon, 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 forward-looking statements in this release are
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Activision Blizzard as of the date of this release, and neither Blizzard
Entertainment nor Activision Blizzard assumes any obligation to update
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Entertainment or Activision Blizzard and are subject to risks,
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and may cause actual results to differ materially from current


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