Blizzard hasn’t canceled BlizzCon 2020 over the pandemic, is still working on the show

    
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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.

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srmalloy

One of the reasons for why Blizzcon, as well as several other high-profile conventions, haven’t been canceled could be contract considerations; most contracts have clauses that give both sides a way out for force majeur — events not under the control of either party in the contract. If the organizing body cancels the con for whatever reason, they could be on the hook for costs associated with breaking the contracts. If they’re forced to cancel the convention because of externally-imposed restrictions — i.e., the continuance of the no-groups mandate — then it’s not their choice to cancel, and the escape clauses in the contracts let them out with no financial obligations.

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DM Taps

I work in conventions and we are still seeing groups host their events from August on. Only time will tell if those actually actualize. The industry is taking things one day at a time and really looking at what the future of meetings will be in a post-COVID world.

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Dobablo

Considering the questions coming from the community asking what will happen with Blizzcon this year, a “We are waiting to see what happens, investigating options and will decide later” is probably the only response they could give.

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Mordyjuice

Kind of tone deaf on their part, especially considering Covid 19 will be making it’s encore performance starting that time of the year.

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Bruno Brito

Considering the Activision-Blizzard record with their “top priorities” concerning their rank-and-file, i wanna see how many Blizz employees are actually working from home, and how many are being made to actively work in the offices.

And with everything i heard, from scientists, about Covid-19, Blizzcon will NOT happen, and should NOT happen, and this is NOT a situation that will get solved easily, or soon.

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Mordyjuice

Yeah that infection curve will flatten out, everyone will get a false sense of security all summer only to be bitch slapped once flu season starts; at that point there will be no more PPE and the death toll will make what’s happening now look like a James Cameron Terminator 2 sequel (you know because sequels are usually never better than the original with a few exceptions like the one I mentioned that Nolan movie with the Joker, the God Father 2, The Empire Strikes Back . . . you know there actually really isn’t any merit to this argument).

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Bruno Brito

It’ll be a shitshow. Brazil is already going strong for the prize of “most incompetent government to deal with COVID-19”.

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Mordyjuice

Unfortunately it seems that way, you know it’s kind of bad when the President of the Philippines looks more competent than Brazil’s President because he at least acknowledges there’s a problem and goes about it like a 1980’s Bad Guy from the movies going after people breaking quarantine, hell even North Korea which just shoots people with Covid 19 in the head out in public has more of a plan than Brazil’s President.

Mean while in the US you’ve got Trump that only jumped into this because he gets to be on News Cycles every 5 seconds and feels as though he’s more popular because of it.

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Bruno Brito

Honestly, it doesn’t matter. Every incompetent sycophant from Boris to Trump were affected on a personal level and that changed their stance based on it.

I can’t speak for Bolsonaro. He apparently got the virus and ( regrettably ) survived, and some of his team got it too.

My mindset has been screwy for the past 3 months, because every day is a new trend in incompetence he sets.

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TomTurtle

Kind of sounds like they’re considering an online-only event of sorts if things don’t pan through for the standard convention. They probably want to do their reveals no matter what, understandably.

This pandemic is certainly pushing businesses to explore options that they wouldn’t have before, and in many cases, probably should have explored and utilized in the first place.

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Dobablo

Reading the original post, I got the feeling Blizzcon wouldn’t go ahead of there was no social community interaction. I doubt they’ll do an online con and instead announcing stuff in short infomercials like they do with Hearthstone expansions.

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Danny Smith

Not surprised. After the disaster 2019 was for Blizzard -entirely of its own making- they need a “highly controlled narrative payload event” to trick enough paypigs into believing the ole’ “we can change baby, its gonna be like the good times again, just give us a 15th chance!” line and we know from historic repeats of this that enough of them will.

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Bruno Brito

“we can change baby, its gonna be like the good times again, just give us a 15th chance!”

I think it’s less about “we can change” and more about “we can reinvent the wheel, it’ll work this time, i swear!”

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Utakata

There’s nothing stopping them from having it the year after, IMO.

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Mewmew

Other than COVID-21.

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Utakata

…usually these types of pandemics are a once in a century thing. Usually.