Blizzard has now fully canceled BlizzConline, originally slated for early 2022

    
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Well, today’s Blizzard news isn’t going to surprise anyone: The company has canceled its upcoming BlizzConline event.

The online event was originally set for early 2022, as pandemic uncertainties made it impossible to plan for an in-person BlizzCon this fall. That was a repeat of the situation in 2020, for essentially the same reasons.

But of course, the Blizzard that announced BlizzConline 2022 back in May hadn’t yet been slammed with a state lawsuit that laid bare years of sexual discrimination and harassment abuses. Since that time, the company has fired and disciplined dozens of employees and come under fire for ignoring workers demands as harassment stories flooded the internet. Company president J. Allen Brack was toppled and replaced with a pair of Activision executives. The current atmosphere surrounding Blizzard and Activision-Blizzard on the whole is grim.

“Any BlizzCon event takes every single one of us to make happen, an entire-company effort, fueled by our desire to share what we create with the community we care about so much,” the studio says today in its blog post canceling the event. “At this time, we feel the energy it would take to put on a show like this is best directed towards supporting our teams and progressing development of our games and experiences.”

The company further notes that it plans to “take the time to reimagine what a BlizzCon event of the future could look like” and “ensure that it feels as safe, welcoming, and inclusive as possible,” which has certainly not always been the case in the past.

Finally, the studio clarifies that even without a BlizzCon, game announcements are still on deck.

“[E]ven though we aren’t holding BlizzConline in February, we’ll still be making announcements and updates for our games. We’re proud of our teams and the progress they’ve made across our games. We have a lot of exciting upcoming news and releases to share with you. You’ll continue hearing about those through our franchise channels, with the talented people on the BlizzCon team playing a part in supporting these efforts.”

Activision-Blizzard’s 2021 third quarter financial report and investor call are slated for next week on November 2nd.

Activision-Blizzard is considered a controversial company in the MMO and gaming space owing to a long string of scandals over the last few years, including the Blitzchung boycott, mass layoffs, labor disputes, and executive pay fiasco. In the summer of 2021, the company was sued by the state of California for fostering a work environment riddled with sexual harassment and discrimination, the disastrous corporate response to which has further compounded Blizzard’s ongoing pipeline issues and the widespread perception that its online games are in decline. As of fall 2021, multiple state and federal agencies are currently investigating the company.
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J Cross

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Fenrir Wolf

It’s the right choice.

I’m no fan of Blizzard, but this is absolutely the right choice. The A.30 recombination of SARS-CoV-2 is terrifying. If you’re still going out—especially to crowded and enclosed places like cinemas—you’re a monster. The pandemic is not over. In fact, for anyone who understands the science of this particular virus? It’s only just begun.

This particular little coronavirus has shown a remarkable aptitude for increasing its transmissability and avoidance, it’s getting to the point where the new variants are slipping past fully vacinated immune systems with little effort. In other words, it’s a matter of months before a SARS-CoV-2 variant becomes so transmissable that we’ll be back at square one, maybe even worse.

This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get vaccinated because that will stop at least some strains from propagating and, much worse, recombinating. It’s the recombination of existing strains that’s lead to these evolutions. You want to practise social distancing if there’s anyone you actually give a care about. I don’t want you to take my word for it, either. I just watn you to not be deluded enough to think this particular pandemic is in any way over.

It’s worth doing your own research. Get vaccinated if you aren’t, practise social distancing, and don’t do mooncalfish nonsense like going to cinemas, those are recombination rooms where you pay for the privilege of the perpetuity of your own suffering.

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zoward

Putting aside their current legal predicament, this is probably the right move. It takes a large investment of time and energy to put one of these together, which would be better spent cleaning house and working on their games.

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Andrew Links

So many haters and people who were kicked or quit wow complaining about how wow is failing..again…wow shadowlands. Yes there are problems at blizzard but the real problems is non gamers running a gaming company. Look at the CEO the problems start there. As for why there will be no blizzcon..it’s because of the hostile haters like asmogold and his like. Yes the have multiple games coming down the pipes but because of the haters…we get zero news…and got to love the haters as they show how they trash new world faster than it can get going. If wow tanks and dies there will be no game to go to because the cheaters and idiots that were kicked and left for new games will destroy the next game. Every game I ever saw fail that social was killed by these same type people. Then you meet them and they say remember that such and such game..I played that…more like ruined that. I am glad at least now there are very few of them left at wow and all they can do now is gripe about it while we …the real players enjoy the end of what’s still going now.

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Bruno Brito

Let’s break this garbage down.

So many haters and people who were kicked or quit wow complaining about how wow is failing..again…wow shadowlands.

Ah yes. Kicked. Everytime i get a Blizzard email telling me how much i’m missed and the desperation-reeking moves of their team really tells me how many people are kicked.

Yes there are problems at blizzard but the real problems is non gamers running a gaming company.

Considering that we found out that Blizzard has been a cesspool of harassment for almost 20 years, i’m going to call bollocks on that. The real problem is that gamers ruined a gaming company.

Look at the CEO the problems start there.

Agreed.

As for why there will be no blizzcon..it’s because of the hostile haters like asmogold and his like.

That’s a first. Asmongold literally brought Blizzard millions considering how much he works as an ad for the game. And the reason there will be no Blizzcon is because Covid still rages on. Have you taken your vaccine, by the way?

Yes the have multiple games coming down the pipes but because of the haters…we get zero news…and got to love the haters as they show how they trash new world faster than it can get going.

The poor, poor, fragile self-steem of a multibillion dollar company as it’s fans asks for good upkeep of content and systems? My god, the injustice! The pain! The *angst*!

If wow tanks and dies there will be no game to go to because the cheaters and idiots that were kicked and left for new games will destroy the next game.

The gaming world doesn’t circle around WoW’s dick. And thank god for that. There are other MMOs to play, and WoW isn’t even that good to be that much of a pain to lose.

Every game I ever saw fail that social was killed by these same type people.

Make a list, please. I’m highly interested in your concept of ‘failing’.

Then you meet them and they say remember that such and such game..I played that…more like ruined that.

The best part of this entire post is how much you created this fictional enemy and i keep watching you fight against windmills for this cause. I should be charged money for it because this is major entertainment.

I am glad at least now there are very few of them left at wow and all they can do now is gripe about it while we …the real players enjoy the end of what’s still going now.

If there is one thing about all the garbage you spouted, that i can say it’ll feel vindicating when it happens, is this crap.

I don’t know if it’s a incredibly lack of forethought, or your dark glasses and awful hat that are constricting your sight, but let me give you a quick rundown:

Blizzard is a multibillion dollar company which for ages, kept going based on momentum and sheer player numbers. While YOU think this is good, Blizzard by no means thinks so, which is why they keep trying more and more to bring players back ( and they fail miserably because they simply don’t relate to their players anymore ). You’re going to keep talking about the “haters” without realizing that no one hates Blizzard more than the Activision execs, because they’ve been destroying the company left and right after letting it run rampant with abuse. You’re going to point fingers at these fictional enemies without doing a single iota of self-analitical effort to see if you can improve the game you “love”.

It’s fitting that your ilk is the leftovers of what was once a thriving playerbase. You can’t look at yourself, just like Blizzard. You can’t improve, just like Blizzard; and just like Blizzard, your tears as your game blows up in your collective faces will taste sweet as honey.

You deserve each other.

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Andrew Clear

They could’ve just done an online convention like Square Enix did for FFXIV. Something just seems broken with their management, and it is showing in not only game production (snail pace), but as well as events, marketing, and PR.

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RangerCoder

I never understood why they did not just create one WoW Con, FFXIV got one… I really not care for the other Blizzard IPs

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IronSalamander8 .

I’m not surprised. They really need some introspection now that so much has come out about their culture and the devs that people borderline worshiped (which is NOT healthy), have been exposed as some awful people. They need to get their own house in order and all these issues have got to have affected their projects in deleterious ways.

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Arktouros

Personally I never really got the point of a whole convention thing. I really prefer something similar to what Bungie does with their vid docs where they talk to the devs making the game/expansion and they just kinda go through discussing what’s up. One and done kinda deal, no need for some multi day event stressing out engineering types who typically aren’t social or used to doing things like Q&A sessions and such.

I imagine Activsion, who’s never bothered with any of that either, likely agrees and just sees this all as a big waste of time, money and resources when they could be crunching those devs into producing more. The money factory must produce.

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Back in the heyday Blizzcon was actually really tremendously fun. It was nice to go and meet up with your friends that you’ve known for 10 years but never met in person before, as well as pick up some nice merch, usually get some sort of bonus amazing concert, and then go to Disneyland on the last day. There was always some really A+ cosplay and it was just really nice to feel like you were with your people. Once they started really driving all of the stuff online instead of in person, and jacking up the prices sky high, the in-person convention really became the playground of the elite and it just wasn’t so fun anymore. The last year I went, I remember the Hilton bar just being filled with the developers and a bunch of hangers-on getting drunk. I was not impressed, and I never went back again.

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Dug From The Earth

Conventions were more about the people with common interests, having a blast together in a themed environment.

Honestly not much different than a lot of peoples motivation for playing online games.

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Jim Bergevin Jr

I’ve been to a few conventions in my lifetime. Comicons, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Gaming (as part of Extra Life). It was neat back in the day, before the Internet exploded, but now they are kinda pointless.

Sure you get to “meet” certain stars and people, but it’s pretty much a “I got to stand next to so and so for a photo op.” Amything else can be done online nowadays. Heck, I’ve even had deeper conversations and relationships with devs through Discord and such than is ever possible in a convention setting.

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A weird tip., kind of. I know the smoking spots for guests at my local con cuz I just happened to get lost one year with a friend finding a place to smoke (I have since quit). Have actually met a lot of people this way and didn’t have to pay for the photo op (never would). The last day packing up waiting for airport shuttles area is great too.

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Arktouros

That really encapsulates my thought process. It seems really redundant in the age of video and internet online connectivity. Companies are usually falling over backwards to have devs write or comment on articles regarding the game they’re designing. YouTube is full of companies throwing out 1-5 min long vids with star interviews or behind the scenes looks at shows and movies and such. Conventions just seem like something from a bygone era where that wasn’t the case.

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Relmharver

Blizz is really dead in the water, and I haven’t heard of any new games they’re working on that might get them moving again. They’re just totally stagnant. Looks like taking a gamble on WoW 2 a few years ago would have been worth it after all, if they were just going to mine the past anyway.

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Arktouros

What are you talking about? D2R was dumb successful for what it was, largely a graphics overhaul with a bit of server tinkering (that they then fucked up).

Diablo 4 has potential to be big, but again it comes down to them not fucking things up. The same goes for Overwatch 2, which is a large PvE expansion over Overwatch. Then there’s of course going to be a new WOW expansion coming along these days.

The bigger question is now that all the toxic employees who were described as “rock stars” are all gone can the people left deliver a product people want? Their decision to change various things in WOW (IE: emotes, background objects, npc names, etc) has been incredibly unpopular despite it being what they (the remaining devs) want. One can easily foresee a scenario like an expected “grim dark” atmosphere like Diablo 4 missing the mark for player expectations if they give it the bowl of fruit treatment.

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Munchmeat2

can the people left deliver a product people want?

No! There isn’t a shred of developer talent left in this company. Their art teams are good though, I will give them that.

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Estranged

The latest expansion should be called “World of Cut Scenes”.

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Armsman

I take it you haven’t made the move to Final Fantasy XIV yet? ;)

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Arms: LOL

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Estranged

Ark, Blizzard has not released a new IP in how many years? Their big sellers are old franchise updates and putting lipstick on an old pig.

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Knecht_Rootrecht

Overwatch was the last new IP.

A new IP is always a risk and in the current atmosphere and essentially Activision calling the shot, I do not expect any new IP in the coming years.

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Arktouros

I don’t know why that’s a metric we’re looking at? I mean for God’s sake we have Final Fantasy FOURTEEN lol… what really matters is numbers and simply put most titles that Blizzard have released have been crazy huge successes. Beyond the obvious W3R failure, I think the weakest were Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm. However like for all the controversy around D3 at it’s release it ended up going on to be one of the top sold video games of all time. Again, D2R did really well as well.

There’s just a lot of wishful thinking for them to fail due to the various controversies that have gone on over the years however historically speaking they’ve done fairly well over all. Will that continue with the new dev teams shake up? Going to be interesting to watch and see!

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Bruno Brito

I’ll enjoy these news like i enjoy a nice cup of refreshing water.