BlizzCon Joins Many Other Events Cancelled Due to COVID-19
While most fans have been fearing the worst, Blizzard has officially cancelled BlizzCon 2020. BlizzCon joins the ranks of E3 2020, GDC, Tokyo Games Show, etc. to be cancelled due to COVID-19 and developers are looking at new ways to share what they have prepared for the fans. Blizzard hasn’t announced an online version of BlizzCon 2020 and the digital replacement they have planned actually takes place early next year, effectively cancelling 2020 for Blizzard. Blizzard’s Overwatch is in the middle of their anniversary event and the game is available now for Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC.
“A gaming convention is probably the last thing on most people’s minds right now, and that goes for many of us at Blizzard too. As events around the world announce cancellations, postponements, or shifts to an online format in response to COVID-19, we’re seeing questions about our plans for this year’s BlizzCon,” said an official Blizzard statement. “As so many of us have been isolated for multiple weeks now, surrounded and in some cases directly impacted by the ongoing pandemic-related challenges around the world, we’re looking forward to the time when we can see one another again in person and have something to celebrate together.”
“The health of our community, employees, and everyone who helps with the show is our top consideration,” continued the statement from Blizzard. “It might be a few months before we know for certain if or how we’ll proceed, but as soon as we have a meaningful update, we’ll share it.” We’re sad to see the cancellation of Blizzard’s annual celebration but it was an expected change of events with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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Source: The Verge