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Music and videogames will come together at Wizard World Comic Con events throughout 2015, when composer Jason Hayes and Critical Hit, an A-list videogame music band performing original arrangements and electrifying live concerts of music from the most celebrated videogames of all time, performs at every Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) event of the year, beginning this weekend on January 9 at New Orleans Comic Con at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

In New Orleans, attendees can enjoy a live performance in the main events hall prior to the Wizard World Costume Contest. Additionally, the band, whose convention performances in 2015 are exclusive to Wizard World shows, will be on hand for select programming panels throughout the weekend.

Hayes, lead composer on the original release of Blizzard’s hit title World of Warcraft, performs alongside all-star musicians that record for top-grossing videogames and tour with the biggest names in popular music. Critical Hit’s unique sound blends a variety of musical styles from rock to classical and beyond.

Embark on a rediscovery of timeless pieces from The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, Mario, Kingdom Hearts, Skyrim, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Metal Gear Solid, Halo, Mega Man, Pokemon, Sonic The Hedgehog, Tetris, and more.

An exclusive Critical Hit VIP experience is available for sale through Wizard World’s website, where music lovers and video game enthusiasts will have the rare opportunity to go behind the scenes to enjoy a personalized, unplugged concert in a small venue, hang out with the composer and musicians, and even learn tricks and tips for getting into the music and video game industries.

Learn more about Wizard World and pick up a Critical Hit VIP pass on their official website: http://www.wizd.me/PR.

Learn more about Critical Hit on their official website: http://www.criticalhitband.com.

About Critical Hit
Critical Hit was founded in 2013 by videogame industry veterans Jason Hayes and Michael Gluck. Their passion for videogames, music composition, and live performance led to the formation of Critical Hit, a band featuring the best musicians in the industry. Their recently-released debut album, Critical Hit Volume 1, is currently available.

Learn more about Critical Hit on their official website: http://www.criticalhitband.com.

About Critical Hit’s Founders
Jason Hayes is an award-winning composer and member of Blizzard Entertainment’s development team, where he works on titles in the popular World of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo franchises. Jason has also contributed to the soundtracks of Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

While his stirring videogame scores have reached millions around the globe, his desire to get closer to game music fans led to the formation of Critical Hit, a band that performs engaging arrangements of gaming’s greatest hits.

Follow Jason Hayes on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jasonhayesmusic.

Michael Gluck performed videogame and anime music piano concerts under the stage name “Piano Squall” to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He toured Brazil as part of the orchestral game music concert series Video Games Live, with performances in Brasilia, Curitiba, and Rio de Janeiro. Michael is the first independent musician to publish a videogame and anime piano solo album, entitled GAME. His music has been featured on major entertainment websites and publications, including IGN, MTV, Destructoid, and Newtype Magazine.

Follow Michael Gluck on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/gluckit

About Wizard World
Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, graphic novels, toys, video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, the Wizard World Film Festival, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World also produces socialcon featuring social media stars and will be launching ConTV, a digital media channel in partnership with leading independent content distributor Cinedigm™ (NASDAQ: CIDM).

Wizard World 2015 schedule available at: http://wizd.me/PRSchedule2015.

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