Blizzard, the studio behind World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Diablo just announced via blogs that they cancel BlizzCon 2020.
Even as states slowly open with social distance guidelines in place, Blizzard expressed concern that it is just too much to consider trying to throw his massive convention this year.
“We have had many discussions about how to hold a conference can look like in light of all the health and safety aspects we would like to do,” wrote Saralyn Smith, executive producer of BlizzCon. “We have also talked about different paths we can take, and how each can be complicated by fluctuations in national and local health guidelines in the coming months. Finally, after considering our options, we have made the very difficult decision not to have BlizzCon this year. “
The blog also stated that the team is considering how to throw some kind of virtual event but noted that it would not happen until “sometime in the beginning of next year.”
BlizzCon, held in Anaheim, California, is Blizzard’s flagship event where they host developer panels, game demos and live sports events. The event is regularly sold out and boasted 40,000 participants in 2018. Trying to navigate an event of that magnitude while balancing public health issues is undoubtedly their decision to cancel this year’s celebration.