A month ago Saralyn Smith took to the Blizzard Entertainment forums to share that the team has been keeping a close eye on the situation surrounding COVID-19. At the time, they were hopeful that things would clear up and they could hold BlizzCon 2020 as scheduled. However, today they announced in a blue post that they were officially canceling the event. The team shared that although some things have changed, some things remained the same. No matter how many ideas they came up with, none made them feel comfortable enough to go through with BlizzCon.

The team did share that they have been working towards a virtual BlizzCon 2020 experience for fans. They aren’t ready to comment exactly what they are going to be working towards. Just that it will happen at a future date. BlizzCon is home to more than just panels and interviews. It is also a stage for eSports competitions that bring teams together to face off in everything from Overwatch to Hearthstone. Updating this event into an entirely virtual one is a monumental task that they are not taking lightly. The team is using this opportunity to update the protocols that go into running the convention to create a better experience for future events.

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They wish everyone the best over the future months and will be updating fans when they know more. Blizzard isn’t the only company to go the virtual route during this time. Many companies are working alongside others to put together virtual events to share their current and upcoming projects. We are going to miss the time spent alongside our fellow friends and gamers during Blizzcon 2020. It will be interesting to see how this situation will change convention operations in the future.

Be sure to check back in with us for more news on upcoming convention delays and cancelations.

 

 

Julia Roth
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