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BlizzCon 2021 Cancelled. Online again in 2022

blizzcon 2021 - BlizzConThis comes as no huge surprise but Blizzard has announced that there will be no BlizzCon 2021 event this year due to the ongoing pandemic. There are still too many countries still getting to grips with this global health crisis.

Instead, like this last year, there will be an online event in 2022. Due to the amount of effort required to stage the event, it makes perfect sense. BlizzConline, which replaced last year’s event, was actually quite well done this year considering the current situation. The only downside was not being able to meet people face to face.

The full announcement is as follows:

I hope you’re all staying safe and well. As guidelines in California around in-person gatherings continue to evolve and the status of the pandemic fluctuates around the globe, the teams across Blizzard have been discussing what this means for one of the events we miss the most: BlizzCon. We know some of you might be wondering about your own plans to potentially cross the country—not to mention oceans—and meet your friends, family, and fellow community members in California, so today, we wanted to give you a heads-up that we’ve decided we will not be holding BlizzCon this year.

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. 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.

But we don’t want to let too long go by before we connect with everyone again. So in the meantime, we’re planning a global event for the early part of next year, combining an online show along the lines of our recent BlizzConline with smaller in-person gatherings, and we’ll share more as our plans come together.

We very much look forward to celebrating with you all again. Until then, we’ll see you in Azeroth, Outland, Sanctuary, and all the other worlds we call home.

–Saralyn Smith, Executive Producer of BlizzCon

Hopefully, we’ll see BlizzCon return fully at the end of 2022.

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