Blizzard Entertainment's weekend-long event Blizzcon was cancelled this year owing to the COVID19 pandemic. Instead, it will be held online next year on February 19-20, 2021. The dates for the event were updated last month on Blizzcons official website.
It will be exciting to see how the BlizzConline pans out and what Blizzard Entertainment has in store for us. The online event will feature a community showcase event where cosplayers, artists, and other community creators will be able to showcase their talent through exhibitions and competitions. J. Allen Brack, President of Blizzard Entertainment hosted a fireside chat and confirmed that BlizzCon or BlizzConline will be free.
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The first BlizzCon was held 15 years ago but there hasn't been one that was online. In the video Brack says that “We want it to be a big, virtual celebration, so BlizzConline will be free to watch and engage in.” Little is known what the even will feature except the afore-mentioned cosplay event and other opportunities for artists to showcase their talents.
In the video, Brack also talks about World of Warcraft: Classic and upcoming expansion pack World of Warcraft: Shadowlands and Hearthstone: Madness at the Darkmoon Faire expansion.
He also talks about Blizzard's upcoming games like Diablo IV and Overwatch 2. Brack says that they are exploring other platforms for their games as well. He says, “it’s safe to assume that we’re exploring other things farther out on PC, console, and mobile, as well.”
Brack talks about the company's efforts in curbing down toxicity among players in online games. Their machine-learning system which identifies toxic players has been in place in Overwatch and Heroes of the Watch. This has helped them build a friendlier, healthier environment in the game for everyone to enjoy.