BlizzCon 2021: Blizzard cancels event for this year

BlizzCon 2021: Blizzard cancels event for this year

BlizzCon 2021

Last year, Blizzard Entertainment was forced to cancel the classic BlizzCon due to the corona pandemic and the associated effects. As a replacement, the fully digital BlizzConline took place earlier this year. But if you had hoped that the event could take place again this November as usual, you will now be very disappointed.

As Saralyn Smith from Blizzard Entertainment announced, there will be no BlizzCon in 2021 either give in the classic or familiar form. The ongoing restrictions and imponderables caused by the corona pandemic make it impossible for the studio to plan and organize an event of this kind in good time by November. Therefore, the team decided with a heavy heart not to organize a pure presence event this year. As a replacement, a hybrid event is planned towards the beginning of 2022, at drm there will be both digital and face-to-face campaigns. Here is the wording:

"Dear Blizzard Community,

I hope you are all well. The requirements in California for gatherings and face-to-face meetings are constantly evolving, and the pandemic situation is worldwide With that in mind, the teams at Blizzard have been deliberating on what this means for one of the events we all miss the most, BlizzCon. Some of you may be wondering what your own plans are about across the board Traveling across the country or even crossing the ocean and meeting your friends, family and community mates in California, today we want to let you know about our decision not to host BlizzCon this year.

Setting up BlizzCon as a face-to-face event is an epic and complex affair that requires many months of preparation. This not only applies to us, but also to the many production partners, esports professionals, moderators, entertainers, artists and other cooperation partners with whom we work together locally and worldwide on the individual areas of the event. The ongoing complexity and many uncertainties of the pandemic are negatively impacting our ability to plan on many of these fronts. In the end, we've passed the point where we can still create the kind of event we wanted to bring you in November.

However, we don't want to let too much time pass before we all meet again. That is why we are planning a global event for the beginning of next year in the meantime. We are combining an online show in the style of the last BlizzConline with smaller presence appearances and will keep you updated as soon as our plans take shape.

We are very much looking forward to celebrating with all of you again. Until then, see you in Azeroth, Outland, Sanctuary and all the other worlds we call home. "

Source: Blizzard Entertainment

BlizzCon 2021 has been canceled

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BlizzCon, Blizzard’s annual fan convention, has been canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, like it was last year. However, the company plans to host a “global event” set for “the early part of next year,” the company announced on Wednesday.

“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,” Saralyn Smith, BlizzCon’s executive producer, said in a statement. “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.”

The global event for next year will comprise an online show like the BlizzConline that took place in February and “smaller in-person gatherings.” The company says it will reveal more about that event in the future.