BlizzCon 2020 will not take place this year, Blizzard Entertainment announced today.
The convention is usually held annually in early November and takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center. The place offers fans a chance to meet, show off their cosplay, participate in and watch esports events, and visit panels.
“We are deeply disappointed with this decision, and imagine that many of you will feel the same way,” said Saralyn Smith, executive producer of BlizzCon, in the announcement. “I really love BlizzCon, and I know it’s a feeling shared by everyone at Blizzard. We will be sorely missed connecting with so many of you to the convention and “recharging our geek batteries” this fall. “
Many conventions and gaming events were canceled this year due to the pandemic, including big hitters like GDC and E3. BlizzCon’s last fall date may have given it a chance, but it didn’t. The show can draw over 40,000 people to overcrowded spaces, making it a dangerous environment while COVID-19 is still a threat.
But what about the news that Blizzard was preparing for BlizzCon? “We’re talking about how we might be able to channel the spirit of BlizzCon and somehow connect online, much less influenced by the state of health and safety protocols for mass gatherings in person, “notes Smith. “We would like to do it as soon as possible, but given that this is new territory and the different factors involved, it will probably be early next year.”
It’s less clear what can happen to the esports events that take place at BlizzCon each year, such as the Hearthstone World Finals or the Overwatch World Cup.