SAMRIDDHA SAHA (Gl1tch_mast3r)
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, several major gaming events have fallen victim to the virus. Not only E3 and Gamescom have been canceled, but also many big esports tournaments had to be postponed or shelved. Most organizers have adapted to the situation by switching to online events. Similarly, Blizzard seems to be planning to do the same. BlizzCon is absolutely the biggest and the most important Blizzard event of the year, reserved for the biggest announcements and the most important esports events. The first BlizzCon was held in October 2005, and since then, all of the conventions have been held at the Anaheim Convention Center.
In Blizzard's statement, it is explained that there was a long discussion about whether and how it might be possible to hold an event like BlizzCon in the current global lockdown. After careful consideration, they came to the conclusion that BlizzCon 2020 should be canceled. There is still light at the end of the tunnel, though. BlizzCon Executive Producer Saralyn Smith also said that they are working on finding an online solution for both game announcements and updates, as well as for the upcoming esports tournaments. However, since this requires some preparation, the project is expected to be ready in early 2021.
"We’re feeling deeply disappointed about this decision, and imagine many of you will feel the same," Saralyn stated in the blog post. "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." She further explains that they will try to "channel the BlizzCon spirit" and connect with fans online, but points out that this is new territory for them, and so it will likely be somewhere early next year, instead of autumn. And, finally, she stresses out the importance of BlizzCon for Blizzard esports, and says that they are looking for alternatives for "supporting some of the high-level competition that would normally take place at the show".
Whether we can still expect game announcements this year is still in the stars, but we definitely expect that Blizzard will let us know how things will continue. It's quite possible that Blizzard will soon announce more news about titles like Diablo 4 or Overwatch 2 before Spring 2021.