Blizzard, which said last month that it was too early to know if Blizzcon 2020 will take place, has officially canceled this year’s show…
You can add BlizzCon 2020 to the list of important events that will not happen this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although BlizzCon generally occurs in November, Blizzard has already made the call to cancel this year’s edition.
The publisher said in early April that he was exploring his options and trying to determine if BlizzCon would be feasible. “Ultimately, after considering our options, we have made the difficult decision not to have BlizzCon this year,” event executive producer Saralyn Smith wrote in a blog post. Blizzard is looking to do an online replacement of some sort, but that probably won’t happen until early 2021.
Along with news and updates on the publisher’s various franchises, a number of eSports events generally take place at BlizzCon, including the Overwatch World Cup, World of Warcraft Arena World Championship (AWC), and major Starcraft championships. II and Hearthstone. Smith said Blizzard is “looking for alternatives to support some of the high-level competition that would normally take place at the show.”
However, it’s not all bad news because Blizzard is currently exploring the possibility of an online event, but it’s likely to take place sometime early next year. Blizzard is also trying to figure out how to support the competitive community now that the various Blizzcon tournaments will not take place.
More details about Blizzard’s plans for the esports scene will be revealed in the future. Last year’s Blizzcon was one of its biggest hosting reveals for Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2. We hope to see more of those games this year in some way.