One of the most popular events for fans of World of Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo, the Blizzcon has just been canceled due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The event is usually held later in the year, with BlizzCon 2019 starting on November 1 and ending on November 2. In a short blog post, Blizzcon executive producer Saralyn Smith explains that after careful consideration, the company decided that it was better to cancel the game event.
Usually scheduled for November of each year, the Blizzcon 2020 will not be held this year. But, that doesn’t mean we won’t have a Blizzcon in 2021. In fact, Saralyn’s message to fans specifically states that “we’ll see each other again” We can therefore legitimately think that the Blizzcon 2021 will behave as usual if nothing new happens by then.
We have had many discussions on what a convention might look like in light of all the health and safety considerations we would like to do. We also discussed the different paths we could take, and how each of them could be complicated by fluctuations in national and local health guidelines in the coming months. In the end, after considering our options, we made the very difficult decision not to host BlizzCon this year. We are deeply disappointed with this decision, and I imagine many of you will feel the same. I really like BlizzCon, and I know it’s a feeling that everyone in Blizzard shares. We will be sorely missed connecting with so many of you at the convention and “recharging our geek batteries” this fall.
Despite the cancellation of the convention, Blizzard may seek to organize a virtual event for it. “We are discussing how we could channel the spirit of BlizzCon and connect with you in one way or another onlineSaid Saralyn.
All the sports competitions organized on the Blizzcon stages will probably take place online throughout the year, so from this point of view, there is no change. We have no idea what Activision-Blizzard had planned for this year’s Blizzcon on announcements, but if the company has anything important to reveal, it will only happen online.
As the company says, we will learn more about Activision-Blizzard plans “as they develop” Meanwhile, World of Warcraft fans can jump into Shadowlands as soon as the new expansion arrives this summer.
BlizzCon is just one of the many video game conventions that were canceled this year due to the pandemic. QuakeCon, Gamescom and Tokyo Game Show have also been canceled. The biggest event of the season, E3, was canceled in early March. Some salons have decided to go virtual.