Thursday, October 13

Blizzard auctioning off old servers for charity

Blizzard announced today that they'll be holding a series of auctions to benefit St. Jude's Children's Hospital. They plan to sell the original Hewlett Packard ProLiant server blades that once housed World of Warcraft realms.

"World of Warcraft realms are like the virtual neighborhoods of the game's community -- they contain the spaces where millions of players have made friendships, forged friendly rivalries, and created lasting memories," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "Each winner in this auction will own a small monument to those collective experiences. The best part is that this auction benefits a great charity doing tremendous work in helping children from the U.S. and around the world."

Blizzard plans to auction of 2,000 server blades from around 5000 World of Warcraft realms in Europe and North America. Each server blade will come in a windowed case that lets you view the hardware inside. A plaque signed by theWoW team is also included.

The server blades will be sold in batches through eBay over the next four weeks. The first batch will go on sale starting October 17th. The schedule can be foundhere. It lets you know exactly when blades from each realm will be sold. No doubt a lot of people bidding on these items will have sentimental attachment to their own "home" realm.

St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee is a leading research and treatment center for life-threatening children's diseases. Families of patients never pay for treatments not covered by insurance, and uninsured families are not asked to pay. They rely heavily on charitable contributions for their operating costs.

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