BlizzConline was sort of fun but fans were mostly awaiting the return of BlizzCon in 2021. Well, now it looks like that is not happening.
Earlier today, Executive Producer of BlizzCon, Saralyn Smith, announced that BlizzCon is canceled for 2021 as well. According to Smith, Blizzard started discussing the possibility of BlizzCon as California's guidelines around in-person gatherings started to loosen up. But the team ultimately decided that BlizzCon wasn't possible for a second year in a row.
Smith called an in-person BlizzCon "an epic and complex affair" since it takes months of preparation for Blizzard, production partners, esports pros, hosts, entertainers, and other collaborators from around the world to prepare for the event.
"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," Smith said.
Since BlizzCon has been canceled two years in a row, Smith added that Blizzard is planning for the event to take place very early in 2022 instead of the usual November timeline. The global event will consist of both an online show and smaller in-person gatherings. The team will share more about the plans as they come together.
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