Every week that goes by during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen more and more gaming conventions throw in the towel and go digital, some well before governments mandated closures – and some thinking far in the future. One company thinking well ahead is Blizzard, and it’s posted a note about its plans for BlizzCon 2020. The short version? It’s not canceled yet, and the company is still trying to sort it all out.
“While we’re all hopeful things will look better later in the year, the bottom line is that at this point it’s too early to know whether BlizzCon 2020 will be feasible. The health of our community, employees, and everyone who helps with the show is our top consideration. It might be a few months before we know for certain if or how we’ll proceed, but as soon as we have a meaningful update, we’ll share it. We do want to mention that prior to the recent events we had been actively working to finalize our plans and in fact are still doing so, despite the workplace changes we’ve now made at Blizzard. That includes considering a range of scenarios and possibilities, not just in terms of the show, but also regarding what the experience would be for you. We know BlizzCon also involves preparation on your part, so we’ll do our best to provide as much clarity as we can, as quickly as we can.”
BlizzCon generally takes place around the end of October/beginning of November, for an idea of how far ahead these events are being planned – and being unplanned.