BlizzCon 2020 Has Been Officially Cancelled

BlizzCon 2020 Has Been Officially Cancelled

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BlizzCon 2020 is no longer happening.

On the official BlizzCon website, it was announced that BlizzCon 2020 will no longer be taking place later this year. The decision was made by Blizzard due to the complications that could be caused by fluctuations in national and local health guidelines. 

"Several weeks ago, I shared an update about the uncertainty around holding BlizzCon this year," Saralyn Smith, Executive Producer of BlizzCon stated. "Since the, 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 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."

Though BlizzCon is not happening anymore this year, Smith did state that Blizzard is looking to do an online event to take the conventions place. Since this is "new-ish" territory for Blizzard and there are different factors involved, it was stated that the online event will not happen until sometime in early 2021. Since BlizzCon is also the stage for high level competitions every year, Blizzard is looking into alternatives for supporting the tournaments that would normally take place at the show. 

Finally, Smith stated that the team at Blizzard will share more about their plans as they develop. 

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