BlizzCon 2020 Is Officially Canceled, Online Event Likely Next Year

BlizzCon 2020 Is Officially Canceled, Online Event Likely Next Year

Blizzard's convention could go digital, but not anytime this year.

Another big gathering for the games industry is cancelling its physical presence. BlizzCon 2020 has been officially called off, and a digital presence will take place, though it won't be any time in the near future.

In a statement on Blizzard's site from executive producer of BlizzCon Saralyn Smith, the company says its been having discussions about what holding a convention would look like "in light of all the health and safety considerations" that would be necessary. Ultimately, the company has decided to not host a BlizzCon this year.

Other conventions and expos, including E3 2020 and Gamescom 2020, have also been affected by the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. Some have been fully canceled, while others like Gamescom have converted to a digital presence. As for what Blizzard will do, Smith says the team is already working on how it might bring BlizzCon online.

"We'd want to do this as soon as we could, but given that this is new-ish territory and the different factors involved, it will most likely be sometime early next year," said Smith. Blizzard is also exploring alternatives for the esports competitions that usually take place at BlizzCon. Those tournaments typically include year-end events for circuits and international exhibitions.

This BlizzCon would've been a big one, with both Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 currently in development at Blizzard. Now it looks like any major reveals about those games will be pushed back, past the launch of a new generation of console hardware this holiday season.

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