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BlizzCon 2020 Canceled, Online Event Being Looked At For Early Next Year

Canceled Due To The Ongoing Global Situation

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Today, Blizzard has officially announced its cancellation of BlizzCon 2020, ending speculation as to whether the event would go on as planned later this year.

Shared on the official BlizzCon website, Saralyn Smith, the executive producer of BlizzCon, announced the cancellation citing the challenges in planning and holding an event with the uncertainty surrounding the world due to the crsis caused by Covid-19.

Several weeks ago, I shared an update about our uncertainty around holding BlizzCon this year. Since then, a lot has changed . . . and a lot also hasn’t changed. During this time, we’ve had many discussions about what holding a convention could look like in light of all the health and safety considerations we’d want to make. We’ve also talked about different paths we could take, and how each one could be complicated by fluctuations in national and local health guidelines in the months ahead. Ultimately, after considering our options, we’ve come to the very difficult decision to not have BlizzCon this year.

Saralyn did float the prospect of holding an online even in someway to ensure fans stil can enjoy a resemblance of a BlizzCon experience, but as of now nothing concrete looks planned. If it happens, though, it's seems likely it would take place, according to Saralyn, some time next year. Also impacted are the Esports competitions that take place at BlizzCon and the team is looking into how this can be supported moving forward.

Recently, Activision Blizzard reassured stakeholders and fans that their 2020 releases were still on track this year, including the next Call of Duty and the upcoming expansion for World of Warcraft.


Joseph Bradford

Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore