Blizzard to Auction WoW Servers and Give Proceeds to Charity - HotHardware
Blizzard to Auction WoW Servers and Give Proceeds to Charity

Blizzard to Auction WoW Servers and Give Proceeds to Charity

Here's a feel-good story to help justify all those hours you spent wandering through Azeroth and leveling up in World of Warcraft when you should have been working, spending time with family, or, if you're really addicted, showering. Because of you and millions of other WoW gamers, Blizzard needed to upgrade its server hardware to keep the gameplay experience up to par, and it's going to auction off its retired Hewlett-Packard p-Class server blades and donate the proceeds to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Not just a portion of the proceeds, mind you, but every last penny.

"For a time, these servers were doorways into a universe of magic, mystery, and unlimited adventure. People vanquished mighty foes, they formed bonds of friendship, and some even found love in the game worlds that ran on these servers," Blizzard said in a statement. "If you listen closely on a starry night, you can still hear the ghosts of the past running through their circuit boards, recounting tales of epic conquest.

"Now you have the chance to own a very real piece of game history and help us support a good cause in the process. Blizzard Entertainment will donate 100 percent of the proceeds after auction expenses to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital."


What Blizzard is doing is nothing short of rad. The auction has already begun and will run through January 30, 2012. Each server comes with a plaque with the specific real name. If you want to bid on one, head over to here.
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Kudoes to Blizzard, at least they care about humanity

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how does blizz care about humanity, when they have a game that inspires people to stay in door and not move for hours at a time anddd have no social live o.O

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The word you're groping for is "life," and if had ever played WoW you'd know that it's an incredibly social game.

And that's entirely aside from your bigoted view of PC gamers as "indoors 24/7 nerds," and your dismissal of millions of dollars of charitable donations.

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@ RTietjens ohhhh nooooooo my phone said live instead of life! dag-gern. even though you are playing with a load of people on wow doesnt make it social.. going from talking to people on that game in to talking to people irl is not the same. and to clear up what i said trololololol. and derp.

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This has been going on for a bit. I believe they are auctioning their last set of blade servers.

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Well CRay, its somewhat in the middle i would say. My friend plays MMORPG games and that connects him with different people around the world, thats more social then most people that play other types of game. They may be playing hours at a time but not all of them do it 24/7 so meh. I stay in the middle of both views :) Props to blizzard though :)

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Wait are the server blades functioning or just being auctioned off as show items?

Would an individual have any practical use for a single server blade other than as a show piece??

Still impressed by Blizzards generosity anyways

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Who knows, but I bet someone will try to boot one! They've obviously removed the hard drives, but it would still be fun to try to boot it.

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As a server admin, I laugh at the "value" of such a thing, though I do applaud Blizzard for donating the money to charity.

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Donating money to charity is an act of humanity, and should they should be proud of it.There are a lot of big companies with a lot of money and don't donate ****

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It's good to see them donating the proceeds, because let's face it, most companies wouldn't.

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Unfortunately a lot of companies do this kind of thing for the tax deductions (I used to work for a company that did such things). I don't think that's the case here; Blizzard obviously put a lot of time and resources into making this happen, and I applaud their efforts.

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I still think it's pretty cool that WoW auctions their server stuff for charity

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Great idea Blizzard! Thanks for caring about the kids!

They could have just junked these, instead some needy kids are going to get the help they need.

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Great idea Blizzard! Who knows... 50 years from now, a piece of WoW history like this might sell for a fortune ;)

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