Blizzard Auctioning World of Warcraft Server Blades for Charity

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Blizzard is auctioning 2000 retired World of Warcraft server blades, with proceeds going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

You’ve always wanted to own a piece of history but you just can’t decide which era you’d like to have propped up on the mantle. How about one that didn’t actually exist? Now’s your big chance, with these retired Hewlett Packard ProLiant server blades that once served as the home for World of Warcraft realms across North America and Europe.

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 Blizzard Entertainment CEO Mike Morhaime. “Each winner in this auction will own a small monument to those collective experiences.”

Not only that, but you’ll be doing a solid for charity too. Net proceeds from the auction will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which specializes in research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other serious childhood diseases.

Roughly 2000 of these server blades, which once housed 500 different World of Warcraft realms, will be on the block, each one inside a special windowed case sporting the World of Warcraft logo and a signed commemorative plaque. The auctions will be held on eBay in four separate blocks beginning on October 17. I suggest you clear space on your credit card. Lots of space.

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