BlizzCon 2021 is just not occurring
Blizzard introduced right this moment that there shall be no BlizzCon 2021. The annual occasion was first held in 2005, however the coronavirus pandemic squashed final 12 months’s occasion and has now ended plans for an in-person occasion this 12 months (BlizzCon normally takes place in October or November). This February noticed the primary BlizzConline as a digital substitute for the missed 2020 occasion (and it had lots occurring), and it appears to be like like one thing comparable—however with a twist—will fill the hole till late 2022 not less than.
An announcement from Saralyn Smith, government producer of BlizzCon, reads: “As pointers in California round in-person gatherings proceed to evolve and the standing of the pandemic fluctuates across the globe, the groups throughout Blizzard have been discussing what this implies for one of many occasions we miss essentially the most: BlizzCon. We all know a few of you is perhaps questioning about your individual plans to probably cross the nation—to not point out oceans—and meet your folks, household, and fellow group members in California, so right this moment, we needed to provide you a heads-up that we have determined we won’t be holding BlizzCon this 12 months.
“Constructing an in-person BlizzCon is an epic and complicated affair that takes many months of preparation—not only for us, but in addition for the various proficient manufacturing companions, esports professionals, hosts, entertainers, artists, and different collaborators we staff up with domestically and globally to place all the items collectively. The continued complexities and uncertainties of the pandemic have impacted our means to correctly transfer ahead on many of those fronts, and finally we’re now previous the purpose the place we would be able to develop the type of occasion we might need to create for you in November.”
The assertion ends by saying that Blizzard is “planning a world occasion for the early a part of subsequent 12 months” which is able to embody a web-based present just like BlizzConline, in addition to “smaller in-person gatherings.”
The concept of smaller gatherings is an fascinating one. Nobody is aware of when corporations shall be permitted to carry big international occasions like BlizzCon once more, however the logistics and threat of, for instance, an occasion restricted to at least one nation’s inhabitants are more likely to be extra sensible.
“We very a lot sit up for celebrating with you all once more,” ends Blizzard’s assertion. “Till then, we’ll see you in Azeroth, Outland, Sanctuary, and all the opposite worlds we name residence.”