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1477570cookie-checkBlizzCon 2020 Canceled, Digital Event May Happen Early 2021

BlizzCon 2020 Canceled, Digital Event May Happen Early 2021

Saralyn Smith, the executive producer of BlizzCon, noted back on April 11th that BlizzCon 2020 may not kick-off later this year in November. A month later, she notes that BlizzCon 2020 physical side has been canceled and will not happen this holiday season.

A month ago, Smith made mention that it was too early for planners behind BlizzCon 2020 to tell if the event will be “feasible,” as it stands now, the event must be canceled due to current coronavirus measures.

Right now, the team is considering a range of scenarios and possibilities, which includes canceling the physical event and going through with a 2021 digital show, or canceling the entire event this year and early next year.

The first portion of the letter announcing the above can be read over by visiting, which goes on to inform gamers and fans alike that this year’s BlizzCon is over and done with:

“Hello Blizzard community,

Several weeks ago, I shared an update about our uncertainty around holding BlizzCon this year. Since then, a lot has changed . . . and a lot also hasn’t changed. During this time, we’ve had many discussions about what holding a convention could look like in light of all the health and safety considerations we’d want to make. We’ve also talked about different paths we could take, and how each one could be complicated by fluctuations in national and local health guidelines in the months ahead. Ultimately, after considering our options, we’ve come to the very difficult decision to not have BlizzCon this year.

We’re feeling deeply disappointed about this decision, and imagine many of you will feel the same. I truly love BlizzCon, and I know that’s a sentiment shared by everyone at Blizzard. We will sorely miss connecting with so many of you at the convention and “recharging our geek batteries” this fall.

But we will meet again!”

Smith goes on to explain how Blizzard wants to hold some form of a digital event sometime early next year. It’s unclear when it will start, but that’s the current plan as per the second part of Smith’s letter:

“We’re talking about how we might be able to channel the BlizzCon spirit and connect with you in some way online, far less impacted by the state of health and safety protocols for mass in-person gatherings. 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. BlizzCon is also a stage for big esports events in Blizzard games each year, so we’re also looking into alternatives for supporting some of the high-level competition that would normally take place at the show.

We’ll tell you more about our plans as they develop—but in the meantime, we hope to see you exploring the Shadowlands, hanging out in the Tavern, pushing the payload (do it!), and wherever else in the Blizzard universes you may roam.

Stay safe and stay well.”

So what does this all mean? Well, it means that Blizzard has canceled plans regarding BlizzCon 2020 happening this year. However, an event for early 2021 might kick-off through a digital presentation.

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