Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls launch event!

From the outside, Meltdown London looks like your typical London bar. However once inside, you can definitely tell that this is a bar created by gamers for gamers!

The work that had gone into setting up the launch event was incredible. There were posters, banners and cardboard cut-outs everywhere and with the dim lighting completing the atmosphere, it definitely felt that we were going to be in for one hell of a launch event.

The place was packed out with eager gamers ready to get their reaping on or at the very least snag some of the cool giveaways that were up for grabs. XMG_UK were there providing the competition questions and Blizzard did not disappoint with the amount of swag to battle over. T-shirts, posters, and collector’s editions were there for the taking as well as some uber prizes including a limited edition statue!

As well as being quiz masters, XMG_UK also brought the tech wizardry in the form of three very shiny laptops for people to try out Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls when it went live. Those laptops weren’t the only thing teasing people with Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls though. Around the room TV’s were showing what was in store, as well as a live streaming of the launch event in the US and a ominous timer counting down the hours and minutes until release!

Blizzard’s Community Manager was on hand to host the event and she did amazingly well keeping everyone buzzing and enjoying themselves. She wasn’t the only Blizzard person on-site though, Alex Mayberry Senior Producer for D3 was on hand to answer questions, sign Blizz stuff and generally be awesome. πŸ™‚

As the counter hit zero, a massive cheer went up from the fans and people rushed to the laptops to get in on the early action. Many others rushed for the doors eager to get home and start massacring demons from the comfort of their computer chairs! Everybody though was very happy to finally be able to start enjoying the expansion. πŸ™‚

For those that remained, the after party kicked off with champagne and another round of smoking cocktails prepared by a very clever mixologist who was brought in to provide Diablo themed drinks all evening. Here’s a quick video of those cocktails in action:


As the crowds thinned and the place became quieter, sustinance in the form of many pizza’s was provided by the kindly souls James from XMG_UK and Martin from MMOBuff.tv. Thanks guys!

Overall it was a fantastic evening and much fun was had by all. Check out my impromptu sticking of microphone into people’s faces throughout the night otherwise known as interviews!

And as always, until next time, GAMEOVERYEAH!

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