Thu, 27 May 2021

BlizzCon 2021: Blizzard cancels gaming convention due to COVID-19

Blizzcon event to be held online in 2021

Blizzard Entertainment recently announced that they will not host their annual gaming convention BlizzCon this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Saralyn Smith, Executive Producer of BlizzCon said in the blog post that "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."  

Blizzard says that they are planning a "global event" that will have an online show like the BlizzConline and smaller in-person gatherings. Blizzard plans to host the "global event" early next year. The company will share more about it in the future.

BlizzCon 2020 was also cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, Blizzard hosted an online convention this year called BlizzConline. BlizzConline was held on February 19-20 featuring gameplay videos, QnA sessions, community showcase events, and more. BlizzCon was first held in 2005 and since then, the convention has had a massive in-person gathering. Fans, developers, artists, and others from the gaming space came together at the event. Fans will miss the crowds, the electric atmosphere of BlizzCon.

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