Blizzard Unsure About BlizzCon 2020 Due to COVID-19

This year we’ve seen plenty of event cancellations thanks to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). BlizzCon doesn’t take place until later this year and Blizzard is unsure what will happen now according to the latest update.

Any large event takes a lot of organising and BlizzCon planning should be well underway but will the event be possible this year? Nobody knows when life will return to normal and we depend on the experts’ advice to know when it’s safe. Blizzard issued the following statement which explains that their annual event could be postponed/canceled or appear in a different format.

A gaming convention is probably the last thing on most people’s minds right now, and that goes for many of us at Blizzard too. As events around the world announce cancellations, postponements, or shifts to an online format in response to COVID-19, we’re seeing questions about our plans for this year’s BlizzCon and we want to provide a quick update.

We love BlizzCon, and we know many of you share that feeling and look forward to it as an opportunity to get away for a while, meet up with friends, and have a good time. As so many of us have been isolated for multiple weeks now, surrounded and in some cases directly impacted by the ongoing pandemic-related challenges around the world, we’re looking forward to the time when we can see one another again in person and have something to celebrate together.

While we’re all hopeful things will look better later in the year, the bottom line is that at this point it’s too early to know whether BlizzCon 2020 will be feasible. The health of our community, employees, and everyone who helps with the show is our top consideration. It might be a few months before we know for certain if or how we’ll proceed, but as soon as we have a meaningful update, we’ll share it.

We do want to mention that prior to the recent events we had been actively working to finalize our plans and in fact are still doing so, despite the workplace changes we’ve now made at Blizzard. That includes considering a range of scenarios and possibilities, not just in terms of the show, but also regarding what the experience would be for you. We know BlizzCon also involves preparation on your part, so we’ll do our best to provide as much clarity as we can, as quickly as we can.

In the meantime, please be good to one another, stay well, and know that we’re holding everyone impacted by COVID-19 in our thoughts.

Saralyn Smith
Fury Warrior, Executive Producer of BlizzCon

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