You can add BlizzCon to the rundown of significant occasions that won’t occur this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In spite of the fact that BlizzCon ordinarily occurs in November, Blizzard has just decided to drop the current year’s edition.
The publisher said toward the beginning of April that it was investigating its alternatives and attempting to decide if BlizzCon would be achievable. “Ultimately, after considering our options, we’ve come to the very difficult decision to not have BlizzCon this year,” the occasion’s official producer Saralyn Smith wrote in a blog entry. Blizzard is investigating holding an online substitution or the like, yet that possible won’t occur until mid-2021.
Alongside news and updates about the publisher’s different establishments, various esports occasions, for the most part, occur at BlizzCon, including the Overwatch World Cup, the World of Warcraft Arena World Championship (AWC) and major Starcraft II and Hearthstone titles. Smith said Blizzard is “looking into alternatives for supporting some of the high-level competition that would normally take place at the show.”
All standard season Overwatch League matches and the AWC Battle for Azeroth season were moved to online-only play this year. The Starcraft II grand finals, in the interim, had just been mixed from the current year’s BlizzCon for another ESL Pro Tour.