One week after Activision Blizzard announced a joint-party with Nintendo to celebrate the launch of Overwatch on the Nintendo Switch, the event was called off.
On Tuesday morning, Nintendo's official New York City-branch Twitter account shared the news that Blizzard was pulling out of the event. No additional information was provided but, based on recent events surrounding the company, it can be inferred.
While Blizzard has yet to issue a statement of their own regarding the event, Nintendo decided to get the news out first and make it clear that it was their partner that pulled the plug. This decision comes in light of Activision Blizzard receiving heat in recent weeks for their decision to suspend a professional Hearthstone player for one year and strip him of his tournament earnings for making a statement calling for liberation in Hong Kong amid political turmoil out east. While Blizzard reduced the ban to six months and restored his earnings, tension has remained high within the game's community.
With BlizzCon, the company's largest annual event, taking place in two weeks, perhaps out-of-sight, out-of-mind is their approach to ensure any prior drama is left at the door.
Tim Rizzo is the editor and a reporter for Inven Global. He joined the company back in 2017.