Blizzard Entertainment will not host its annual BlizzCon event this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Usually held at the end of the year, Blizzard had earlier announced that it was uncertain about hosting the event this year.
In a blog post by Saralyn Smith, executive producer of BlizzCon revealed that the company have had many discussions about different paths to take in light of the pandemic.
“We’re feeling deeply disappointed about this decision, and imagine many of you will feel the same. I truly love BlizzCon, and I know that’s a sentiment shared by everyone at Blizzard. We will sorely miss connecting with so many of you at the convention and “recharging our geek batteries” this fall,” Saralyn said.
As an alternative, Blizzard may hold an online event, which is far les impacted by health and safety protocols for mass in-person gatherings.
With BlizzCon also being a stage for big esports events, it is looking into ways to support high-level competition that would otherwise take place during the show.
COVID-19 has already claimed the scalped of most major events, be it technology, business, or sports. Following the cancellation of Mobile World Congress Barcelona, Facebook’s F8 and Game Developers Conference received the chop. Several legs of the Formula One GP were cancelled, major sports leagues have been cancelled or postponed, even the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 has been pushed to 2021. Additionally, Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference goes exclusively online this year.
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