A post to the BlizzCon
has Blizzard's announcement it will not to hold a BlizzCon this year.
In outlining the pros and cons of an in-person show, the post notes that the
guidelines for gatherings in California and elsewhere remain moving targets. Here's part discussing the
complexities of coordinating a show like BlizzCon and plans for a global event in early
2022 that will combine a smaller in-person gathering and a global online event:
an in-person BlizzCon is an epic and complex affair that takes many months of
preparation—not just for us, but also for the many talented production partners,
esports pros, hosts, entertainers, artists, and other collaborators we team up
with locally and globally to put all of the pieces together. 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.
But we don’t want to let too long go by before we connect with everyone again.
So in the meantime, we’re planning a global event for the early part of next
year, combining an online show along the lines of our recent BlizzConline with
smaller in-person gatherings, and we’ll share more as our plans come