Blizzards pets and mounts on the Store are also way too overpriced, so why are people so suprised with this?
No more expensive than some pay-per-view sporting events that last less time. If it's too expensive then I guess you shouldn't buy it. It's not like the information will be a big secret 10 minutes after they talk about it.
40 bucks for what? Waste of money.
As others stated, it's basically a 2 day advertisement for blizzard games and news. Although I'd like the hearthstone card and pet, it's not worth it to me to get an hour head start on news that'll hit mmo champ nearly as quickly. $40 is way more than what I'd consider to be a reasonable price, so I won't pay it. If others find it to be a worthwhile experience, more power to them. I'll check in each evening and see what's been gone over.
Way to expensive.
Simple as that..
No way! You get a some free stuff, Worth about 10-15 and it's STILL cheaper than wrestling.
I don't think it is. I've gotten it every year it was available. The only reason I'm not getting it this year is because I'm using the extra cash I got for my new PS4/games/accessories. Just bad timing for me personally otherwise I'd be getting it.
I believe it's a necessity. First of all, the news related to the content will be online for free almost instantly as it'll be unveiled during blizzcon. So you can argue that you "have" to spend money to know about the news, but we all know it's a lie.
Secondly, those kind of events are very costly. I don't know if you remember, but Activision Blizzard just bought itself from Vivendi. While wow is a good source of revenue, it doesn't change the fact that right now, they need to get back on feet.
But honestly, this is not even the main reason the event cost money. The real reason are for the in-game goodies, the bands that comes to play during the show, the whole stage they have to set up along with very powerful computers for the tournaments so you can watch it from your home, in the comfort of your sofa.
So to me, the 40$ seems logic and is far from expensive, when you have basically 2 days of show, concerts, tournaments and contests along with in-game items.
I buy electronics from a local store because I want it now. I might pay $20 more because I don't want to wait 3 days for it to ship. This live stream is the same thing. If you want the information now you pay for it. Otherwise you can wait until a website reports it instead. It's a service. You are not obligated to buy into it.
I still think it should be more accessible to players of specific franchises to get info first hand without spoilers. Split it up into WoW, SC2, D3 and charge $15-20 for each individual part and let the players choose what they want to watch.
BTW can anyone inform me what is actually viewable on the stream for free? what does the opening ceremony contain?