The Battle.net World Championship will be held in Shanghai over November 17-18, Blizzard has announced.
The event will see a global StarCraft II champion crowned via the StarCraft II finals, themselves a culmination of Blizzard’s 2012 StarCraft II World Championship Series, which is currently underway in more than 30 countries.
A World of Warcraft Arena global champion will also be determined at the event, which is being co-hosted by Blizzard and Chinese Internet firm NetEase.
“The level of StarCraft II and World of Warcraft Arena competition we’ve already seen around the world has been amazing, so we’re anticipating a truly epic finale,” said Blizzard Entertainment CEO and co-founder Mike Morhaime.
In addition to highly competitive eSports matches, the Battle.net World Championship will serve as a gathering place for the Blizzard gaming community, and will offer attendees hands-on time with some of the latest Blizzard games, opportunities to meet some of the world’s most popular pro players, and commemorative merchandise based on Blizzard’s game universes.
“There are millions of eSports enthusiasts in China and we’re looking forward to presenting them with the opportunity to come together, have fun, and celebrate their passion for professional gaming,” said NetEase CEO William Ding.