Blizzard Cancels BlizzCon 2021 but Gives Hope to Fans with BlizzConline 2022.
Earlier this week, Blizzard came up with bad news and said that there will be no BlizzCon this year. Since BlizzCon’s launch in 2005, this is for the second time it got canceled. The ongoing global pandemic canceled the event second time in a row. However, last year the in-person BlizzCon plans were transformed into a BlizzConline. However, there’s isn’t all bad news about BlizzCon as Blizzard also announced that it will arrange an in-person event in early 2022.
The executive producer of BlizzCon, Saralyn Smith said, “As guidelines in California around in-person gatherings continue to evolve and the status of the pandemic fluctuates around the globe, the teams across Blizzard have been discussing what this means for one of the events we miss the most: BlizzCon. We know some of you might be wondering about your own plans to potentially cross the country—not to mention oceans—and meet your friends, family, and fellow community members in California, so today, we wanted to give you a heads-up that we’ve decided we will not be holding BlizzCon this year.
“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.”
She ended the statement with a glimmer of hope and said that Blizzard is “planning a global event for the early part of next year” the event will contain BlizzConline, as well as “smaller in-person gatherings.”
The smaller in-person gathering is a viable option with the pandemic still posing risk. It is not clear when governments around the world will permit mega gatherings, so it is better to have something than nothing.
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