BlizzCon 2020 Has Been Cancelled

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BlizzCon 2020 Has Been Cancelled
A Cosplayer as Zenyatta BlizzCon 2017 (Photo: Joe Scarnici, Getty Images)

Blizzard, the studio behind World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Diablo just announced via blog post that they are cancelling BlizzCon 2020.

Even as U.S. states are slowly reopening with social distancing guidelines in place, Blizzard expressed concerns that it’s just too much to consider trying to throw their massive convention this year.

“We’ve had many discussions about what holding a convention could look like in light of all the health and safety considerations we’d want to make,” wrote Saralyn Smith, Executive Producer of BlizzCon. “We’ve also talked about different paths we could take, and how each one could be complicated by fluctuations in national and local health guidelines in the months ahead. Ultimately, after considering our options, we’ve come to the very difficult decision to not have BlizzCon this year.”

The blog also stated that the team is considering how to throw some kind of virtual event but noted that it wouldn’t happen until “sometime early next year.”

BlizzCon, held in Anaheim, California, is Blizzard’s flagship event where they host developer panels, game demos, and live esports events. The event regularly sells out and boasted over 40,000 attendees in 2018. Trying to navigate an event of that size while balancing public health concerns no doubt factored into their decision to cancel this year’s celebration.

Comments

  • Probably a good thing with nthe current situation, however probably good in general for Blizzard as they haven’t really been providing new and interesting information on further development, and taking a fair bit of money just to basically unlock event items in thier own games.

  • Really, the only thing they’ve done with any consistency recently is disappoint people.

    So I’m sure all people really lose here is paying to go see Blizzard make some out of touch announcement for something nobody was asking for, or them pissing all over yet another of their own properties.

      • seemingly everybody hates something about blizzard. you can just poke around the various fan site for WoW and see blizzard can’t even give an XP buff without people complaining for dozens of pages

        personally I think D3 was their first major screw up followed by WC3 remaster. diablo 3 immortal might be a fk up in terms of announcement but that’s because people were / are expecting D4 (also unrealistically expecting to Blizzard stay PC only forever)

      • Eh… they pretty much lost their sheen to me when they split SC2 into 3 and then doubled down on the arrogance of D3’s system being better and what ppl really wanted (u know like no one wants classic wow) and insisting on always one even for single player…

  • Given how monumentally stupid the US’s reaction to the virus was and still is, this sounds like a blessing.

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