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BlizzCon's virtual ticket will save you a trip and let you buy a schwag bag for the first time

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Blizzard Entertainment fans can save themselves the price of tickets to Anaheim, California, with a $39.99 virtual ticket to BlizzCon 2015, which is available to purchase now — alongside the fan convention's goodie-filled schwag bag, which is available to virtual attendees for the first time.

For an additional $34.99, you can purchase a goodie bag "containing a treasure trove of cool commemorative BlizzCon-exclusive loot—a new way to bring a piece of the BlizzCon experience home." Those who make the trek to Anaheim will receive the same supply-limited schwag, which until now has been an exclusive for those who make the trip. It's available to purchase now in the Blizzard Gear Store.

DirecTV customers can also purchase a virtual ticket for $39.99. In both cases, remote access will include two HD streams that will broadcast developer panels, interviews and community contests hosted by Wil Wheaton.

Here's how Blizzard detailed what virtual ticket holders and fans of Diablo, StarCraft and World of Warcraft franchises, as well as games like Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft and the upcoming Overwatch will see:

  • Developer Panels - Get the scoop on the latest developments for your favorite Blizzard games, including World of WarcraftStarCraft IIDiablo IIIHearthstoneHeroes of the Storm, and Overwatch—live from the main and panel stages.
  • Community Contests, Hosted by Wil Wheaton - Don't miss a minute of the legendary BlizzCon costume and talent contests on Friday night—emceed by writer, podcaster, TableTop creator, and champion of geek culture Wil Wheaton.
  • Exclusive Interviews - Go beyond the latest announcements and get even more insider info from members of Blizzard's development teams in a series of in-depth interviews.
  • Closing Ceremony - Every Virtual Ticket holder gets a great seat for the Saturday night closing celebration, which wraps up two days of Blizzard gaming and eSports action in style—stay tuned for more details.
  • On-Demand Replays - Miss a panel or just want to relive an awesome moment? The Virtual Ticket provides access to on-demand replays of main-stage and panel-stage events (available for two weeks after the show).
  • In-Game Goodies - As a bonus, the Virtual Ticket also comes with this year's commemorative BlizzCon in-game goodies for a variety of Blizzard games—more details soon!
  • Advance Access to BlizzCon Loot - Shop for BlizzCon merch from home with early access to this year's online BlizzCon sale, scheduled to run from October 16 through November 8, and snag some cool new Blizzard gear created for the show.

Even if you don't purchase a virtual ticket, you'll still be able to watch the opening ceremony and the convention's eSports tournaments.

BlizzCon, the annual fan event for all things Blizzard, will take place Nov. 6-7 at the Anaheim Convention Center, and Polygon will be there to bring you all the news. Real-world tickets went on sale in April for $199.