Unfortunately, it’s true. Blizzard Entertainment won’t be hosting its annual BlizzCon event this year because of the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic.
Usually, the event is hosted towards the end of the year – BlizzCon 2019 debuted on November 1st and ended on November 2nd.
Signs Of The Cancellation
One of the first bad signs that led to the current announcement is that in early April, Blizzard revealed that it was uncertain whether they’d be hosting Blizzcon in 2020.
The Good News
Thankfully, there’s a silver lining to all of the stories – Blizzard might consider holding a virtual event to compensate for canceling Blizzcon 2020.
The following quote was posted by BlizzCon executive producer Satalyn Smith in a blog: “We’re talking about how we might be able to channel the BlizzCon spirit and connect with you in some way online.”
BlizzCon is one of the numerous video game conventions that were canceled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 situation.
The BlizzCon cancelation was preceded by the cancellation of QuakeCon, Tokyo Game Show, and Gamescom.
E3 2020, the year’s most significant and crucial gaming event was canceled back in early March.
Some shows have moved to the virtual realm. EVO, the famous fighting game tournament, will take place online this summer.
Also, an E3 replacement is planned in the form of the Summer Games Fest, which will be mostly a miniature E3.
It’s sad to see the world of gaming be affected by an enemy that’s invisible to the naked eye. Unfortunately, gamers have to be rational and understand that we’re better off this way. We are positive that developers and organizers will find new ways of luring us into playing their latest creation, just like they always do. For the moment, patience is key!