Blizzcon 2020 has been canceled

The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed yet another gaming convention. In a blog post, Blizzard has announced its annual Blizzcon convention, which celebrates its roster of games along with offering news for its upcoming content, has been canceled for 2020.

Blizzcon executive producer, Saralyn Smith, shared in the blog post that through numerous discussions they came to the decision to cancel the event and hope to do something online in its place early next year.

“During this time, we’ve had many discussions about what holding a convention could look like in light of all the health and safety considerations we’d want to make. Smith said. “We’ve also talked about different paths we could take, and how each one could be complicated by fluctuations in national and local health guidelines in the months ahead. Ultimately, after considering our options, we’ve come to the very difficult decision to not have BlizzCon this year.”

“We’re talking about how we might be able to channel the BlizzCon spirit and connect with you in some way online, far less impacted by the state of health and safety protocols for mass in-person gatherings,” Smith added. “We’d want to do this as soon as we could, but given that this is new-ish territory and the different factors involved, it will most likely be sometime early next year.”

Smith also said they’re looking into alternative ways to host their annual Blizzcon esports tournaments too, which may include online tournaments.

Fans were hoping for news and info on games like Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV and updates on Hearthstone and World of WarcraftCheck out the full statement here.