Back in the day when you bought a ticket for something you were just happy to have a ticket to attend the event; whether it was a baseball game, a basketball game, or a football game. Showing up in person was a big deal and oftentimes required a measure of logistics to get there and have a good time. However, with times changing it's no longer required to actually attend every event in person. Yes, you can actually pay for a ticket and attend the event while still sitting at home in the comfort of your chair, perched in front of your PC monitor. That's exactly how it is when you purchase a virtual ticket for events like BlizzCon. However, if you do decide to stay home and check out BlizzCon through the virtual stream, you'll also be granted access to a demo of World of Warcraft Classic.
Over on the official World of Warcraft website, there's a news post about the 2018 BlizzCon event informing gamers that virtual tickets are now available for purchase. For those of you who do purchase a virtual ticket, you'll be able to be one of the very first people to play the World of Warcraft Classic demo that will be available for those attending the event from home.
As noted in the post, after November 2nd at around 1:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, all of those who purchased a virtual BlizzCon ticket will gain access to the World of Warcraft Classic demo. The classic edition of the game is Blizzard's response to the popularity of the Nostalrius vanilla server, which shut down two years ago.
The demo will allow gamers to have limited questing experience and access to the early-level zones on both the Horde and Alliance side, as well as experience the recreation of the original Azeorth.
Take note that the demo is not going to be available forever, and access will be greatly limited. You'll have up until November 8th, 10 a.m. Pacific Standard Time to play, after which point the live demo will be pulled.
The extra few days of the demo being available following BlizzCon is so that those who attend in person will be able to check out the demo as well. And yes, everyone who attends in person along with everyone who purchases a virtual ticket will be able to get in on various benefits, including gaining access to commemorative in-game items for World of Warcraft. Some of the special items include cosmetic cloaks -- one for the Horde side and one for the Alliance -- along with a Stormwind Champion's War Banner and a Orgrimmar Hero's War Banner.
For those who purchased a virtual ticket, you'll be able to find the new cloaks and banners added to your account profile under the appearance tab within World of Warcraft. There will also be various in-game items added for games like Overwatch, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and some items for StarCraft II. The post doesn't exactly say what sort of features will be added to the other games, but you'll likely learn a lot more closer to the start of BlizzCon.