Blizzard Entertainment Has Officially Cancelled This Year’s Blizzcon

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For fans of Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, and other Blizzard Entertainment titles, BlizzCon has long been one of the most important events on the gaming calendar.

Thanks to a certain ongoing pandemic, however, nothing on the planet is going according to plan, and that certainly includes the world of gaming and ESports. In a post yesterday, BlizzCon executive producer Saralyn Smith had some sad news for anyone looking forward to the 2020 edition.

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.

Smith went on to write that the convention’s organizers are discussing ways to “channel the BlizzCon spirit” and connect with fans online. “We’d want to do this as soon as we could, but given that this is new-ish territory and the different factors involved, it will most likely be sometime early next year.”

As for the ESports aspect of BlizzCon, Smith revealed that she and her team are “looking into alternatives for supporting some of the high-level competition that would normally take place at the show”.

First held in 2005, and then every year between 2007 and 2019, BlizzCon traditionally takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center. Past editions have seen appearances by high-calibre entertainers, including Foo Fighters, Patton Oswalt, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Muse, and Lindsey Stirling.

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