Blizzard has canceled BlizzCon again, will replace it with another online event early in 2022

    
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Well, this is gonna be a bummer for anyone who was hoping this year’s BlizzCon would be a blockbuster to turn the company around: Blizzard just announced that it’s canceled in-person BlizzCon, again, thanks to continuing uncertainties over how the pandemic will look by the end of 2021.

“As guidelines in California around in-person gatherings continue to evolve and the status of the pandemic fluctuates around the globe, the teams across Blizzard have been discussing what this means for one of the events we miss the most: BlizzCon. We know some of you might be wondering about your own plans to potentially cross the country—not to mention oceans—and meet your friends, family, and fellow community members in California, so today, we wanted to give you a heads-up that we’ve decided we will not be holding BlizzCon this year.

“Building an in-person BlizzCon is an epic and complex affair that takes many months of preparation—not just for us, but also for the many talented production partners, esports pros, hosts, entertainers, artists, and other collaborators we team up with locally and globally to put all of the pieces together. The ongoing complexities and uncertainties of the pandemic have impacted our ability to properly move forward on many of these fronts, and ultimately we’re now past the point where we’d be able to develop the kind of event we’d want to create for you in November.”

The good news is that Blizzard is planning another BlizzConline event for early next year, though it doesn’t expressly call it that. And of course, it’s not entirely a bad thing for Blizzard, as its pipeline problems are well-known at this point, though as MMO players, we’re expecting at minimum the WoW expansion reveal and Diablo Immortal itself. Still, I think most folks would rather have the big shebang. Cross your fingers for next year.

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Jim Bergevin Jr

Didn’t miss not having one this year, and won’t miss it not happening again this year.

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johnwillo

BlizzCon has left Blizzard’s employment and become an event of Dreamhaven. Blizzard and Activision wish it well in its future endeavors.

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Bannex

I still struggle with the fact that a AAA video game developer outsourced its development of its mobile game…

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Celestia

I’m bummed for the Blizzard fans that were looking forward to going this year. That’s got to be a big let down for them.

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SmiteDoctor

That’s fine, for us Plebs that can’t afford to go to Blizzcon every Blizzcon is basically what they did during the Winter with the online version.

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Danny Smith

Oh boysie, can’t wait for another “c-covenants! take flight!” cringe montage from the green screen void dimension.

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Bereman99

Also, as a follow on from the intro speech this past year…

“31 years is…so many years.”

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Zora

Go figure, wasn’t the other week we were arguing with guildies how unlikely it was they were deep enough into whatever their pipeline is to announce the next expansion this coming november

I wouldn’t have gone as far as think they’d cancel blizzcon outright but… if 9.2 releases around christmas or shortly thereafter as it is likely, the “early ’22” event would match the perfect window to reveal what is next without spoilering whatever finale we’re in for before it could be allowed to make sense

Hopefully at least?

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Greaterdivinity

Honestly…I feel like Covid has been a bit of a godsend for the folks who have to put together Blizzcons and were struggling/will be struggling to find big announcements for the last/upcoming ones.

They’ve kinda put themselves in an awkward position where they have built expectations of big announcements at every Blizzcon each year, and while they’re in a quieter period (IGN’s reporting provides a lot of context on this) they seem to struggle to find “big” announcements to anchor the shows.

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McGuffn

yeah, there’s nothing to get excited about so it’s just a bunch of sound and fury for nothing.

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Jeremy Barnes

That’s how you end up with, “Don’t you have phones?!”

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Arktouros

That’s what happens when you take one of us Engineer types and throw us in front of an unruly crowd. I would 100% see myself saying the same thing or even worse.

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Bryan Correll

Yeah, I always felt kinda bad for him. He went out there prepped for nothing but thunderous applause and didn’t have the right skill set for handling an announcement that landed like a turd.

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Jeremy Barnes

exactly. It’s not his fault. The PR people not realizing that fans clamoring for diablo IV really did not want to hear about a phone game is a massive failure. He may have uttered the unfortunate statement, but there were people behind the scenes who set him up for failure.

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Arktouros

I wouldn’t be surprised if companies just keep doing the all digital conventions thing in the future regardless. Probably a lot cheaper for them (most of the Blizzard firings have been for live events staff for example) in the long run to do things this way.