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Battle.net World Championship Announced, No BlizzCon 2012

Blizzard announces the 2012 Battle.net World Championship, a major global eSports event to take place in Asia before the end of this year, though exact details on the event's timing and location are not being supplied at this time. As a result, the next BlizzCon convention will not be held until 2013, as they say:

We’re excited to be showcasing Blizzard eSports on a truly global stage this year. We're also heavily focused on getting Diablo III, Mists of Pandaria, and Heart of the Swarm into players’ hands as soon as possible. In light of our jam-packed schedule, we’ve decided to hold the next BlizzCon in 2013.

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10. Re: Battle.net World Championship Announced, No BlizzCon 2012 Jan 25, 2012, 13:00 Satoru
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Jan 25, 2012, 11:10:
Sounds like they're planning to have hots and d3 released this year, and have titan as the big thing for next year.

That seems entirely counter productive. If you're going to release 3 MAJOR titles in a year even at the end, surely Blizzcon would be the avenue to do it. E3 would already be over.

Even a 10 minute panel that was essentially just a teaser trailer for Titan and the panelists walking out would be worth it just for the PR.

Now I will say that organizing and coordinating a convention as large as Blizzcon is overwhelming. You literally need an army of people planning this stuff right after the convention ends. I've done small conventions and I can barely imagine what kind of thing goes into doing Blizzcon.

Plus I can see that the con itself robs Blizzard of a good month of usable employee time, as employees need to prepare for the con in various way for panels, getting demos ready, what to present etc. So yes it is not a small or insignificant resource drain for them when they really really want to get these games out.

Still its a bit disconcerting to see it cancelled. It does definitely raise the spectre of whether any of the games are even close to being ready for 2012.

Even more disconcerting is the entitlement syndrome running through the battle.net forums of *gasp* having a tournament that is not on US soil. China? Might as well be on the moon! Damn the Koreans and the Asians have the tournament in USA! Why isn't it on the East coast. Blah blah blah blah. It's really disgusting how some people think how the entire world should revolve around their own schedule and convenience.
 
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