Blizzard didn’t have much of a choice but to cancel its annual gaming convention, BlizzCon, last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. While restrictions have slowly begun to lift in its home state of California, Blizzard revealed today that it has opted to skip BlizzCon for another year due to planning and logistical issues. Instead, Blizzard will be holding a global event during the early part of next year that combines an online show with smaller in-person gatherings.
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.