Thanks to Covid-19 and the pandemic surrounding the virus, many gaming events this year have been cancelled or moved to an online format. Blizzard's annual BlizzCon is no exception, with the company announcing the dates for BlizzConline coming next year, dated for February 19-20.
The annual event that draws thousands to Anaheim, and even more to the digital event, is instead being moved to an only online event, with Blizzard citing the current state of the global health situation as a main reason. That's not stopping the company from getting the community involved, as it detailed the Community Showcase in its blog post this morning.
While circumstances are keeping us from gathering in person this year, we’re putting together a little something early next year to channel the spirit of BlizzCon into the form of an online show. We still have a lot of planning to do, and it’ll be some time before we’re ready to share more details—but we wanted to provide a heads-up on how you can be a part of the online fun.
The community showcase will include events such as the popular Cosplay Content, a Cosplay Exhibition, Art Content, and more. You can start planning your submissions today, as Blizzard has also detailed the full rules for your reference, with all of the entry deadlines ending on January 4th, 2021.
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You can check out the full blog post on the official BlizzCon blog. Moving to an onlne only event this time around might prove a bit easier, as Blizzard has been hosting BlizzCon virtual tickets online for years - however, it'll be interesting to see how the company handles BlizzCon events moving forward after this.