BlizzCon Cancelled for 2020

Blizzard has put out an update to say that there will not be a BlizzCon down in Anaheim this year.  Not an unexpected turn of events given the state of the pandemic, the uncertainty surrounding when things like this will be safe again, and the past statement from Blizz.

BlizzCon in Blue

The statement was short enough to quote here:

Hello Blizzard community,

Several weeks ago, I shared an update about our uncertainty around holding BlizzCon this year. Since then, a lot has changed . . . and a lot also hasn’t changed. 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.

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.

But we will meet again!

We’re talking about how we might be able to channel the BlizzCon spirit and connect with you in some way online, far less impacted by the state of health and safety protocols for mass in-person gatherings. 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. BlizzCon is also a stage for big esports events in Blizzard games each year, so we’re also looking into alternatives for supporting some of the high-level competition that would normally take place at the show.

We’ll tell you more about our plans as they develop—but in the meantime, we hope to see you exploring the Shadowlands, hanging out in the Tavern, pushing the payload (do it!), and wherever else in the Blizzard universes you may roam.

Stay safe and stay well,

Saralyn Smith
Whirlwind Barbarian, Executive Producer of BlizzCon

This does hold out the possibility of some sort of virtual or online event… no doubt Blizzard will have some announcements coming that they will want to highlight… but the press of the big crowd in the Anaheim Convention Center and all that goes with it won’t be happening in 2020.

As for the “early next year” suggestion, I suspect that won’t come to pass unless things take a significant turn for the better and stay that way through the end of the year.

3 thoughts on “BlizzCon Cancelled for 2020

  1. Redbeard

    Yeah, Gen Con was cancelled too. At least the people in charge of these events understand the potential for a second global spike if people from all over congregate in one place like these events.

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  2. Kaylriene

    I’m glad Blizzard cancelled overall. There’s just no way to know right now how safe an event of that size would be even if a lot of things are in-line in time for the show.

    I think it’s also good because there are a lot of signs that if they had gone ahead, the show would be poorly received – both for the safety concerns of having it but also because it’s difficult to even imagine what marquee announcements they would make. OW2 remains in development, D4 seems far away, SC2 is functionally in maintenance, HotS is definitely in maintenance, Shadowlands seems unlikely to be out prior to when it would have been scheduled, and that would leave big ticket announcements to either Hearthstone, the Diablo II remaster that has been discussed, or perhaps the launch of Diablo Immortal!

    Seems all around like the right call was made to me.

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  3. The Masked Gamer Gal

    I hope they do consider a virtual tour or something, it sad to see certain events staying closed but I understand about considering safety during these times. I hope they make an announcement soon

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