Blizzard warns that BlizzCon 2020 “may be impossible” due to coronavirus

Blizzard warns that BlizzCon 2020 “may be impossible” due to coronavirus

Blizzard warns that BlizzCon 2020 “may be impossible” due to coronavirus

Plans are still moving forward, but Blizzard is gearing up for this to not happen as a physical event.

Blizzard still plans to hold an annual fan meeting in Anaheim in November this year, but today warned that this event could be canceled if the coronavirus pandemic still does not allow large meetings to be held at this time. Like all of us, they simply do not know how everything will happen.

“Although we all hope things will get better next year, the bottom line is that it’s too early to know if BlizzCon 2020 will be possible,” wrote BlizzCon Executive Producer Saralin Smith in her update. “The health of our community, employees and all those who help with the show is our main consideration. It may take several months before we know for sure whether we will continue to act, but as soon as we receive a meaningful update, we will share it. “

Blizzard has only missed two years since the first BlizzCon in 2005. Blizzard uses the show to announce what will happen next for games like World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Diablo. This is an important show, as well as controversial recently: two years ago because of the announcement only for Diablo mobile devices: Immortal, and last year rallies in support of protests in Hong Kong, held outside its borders.

That BlizzCon 2020 can be canceled is not surprising. Since the outbreak of coronavirus began to spread in Europe and North America earlier this year, gaming companies around the world were forced to cancel public events. The Game Developers Conference and E3 have been canceled along with many eSports tournaments and small conventions. At the time of writing, there were approximately 1.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world.

But to be clear, BlizzCon 2020 has not yet been canceled. Blizzard is just preparing for the worst, and if the worst happens, Smith said the company is looking for other alternatives. “We want to note that until recent events, we have been actively working to complete our plans, and in fact we are still doing it, despite the changes in the workplace that we have just done at Blizzard,” writes Smith. “This includes considering a number of scenarios and opportunities, not only from the point of view of the show, but also in terms of what experience will be for you. We know that BlizzCon also includes training on your part, so we will do our best to make as much clarity as we can, as fast as we can. “

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