Blizzard has officially announced that there will be no BlizzCon this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. BlizzCon is the company’s annual live fan event where Blizzard typically holds its biggest announcements and esports tournaments.In a new blog post, Blizzard officially announced that it’s “come to the very difficult decision to not have BlizzCon this year.” However, the company says that it wants to “channel the BlizzCon spirit and connect” with fans online.Because of the logistics and “different factors involved,” any BlizzCon online alternative “will most likely be sometime early next year” in 2021.
BlizzCon is the latest live gaming event to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Other events, such as E3 and GDC have also been canceled or delayed. Many events, including BlizzCon have announced digital alternatives to take place instead of a physical event.
For more, check out IGN’s full list of events impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Blizzard will make an appearance during IGN’s Summer of Gaming.
Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN.