BlizzCon 2021 has been cancelled

BlizzCon 2021 has been cancelled

Blizzard's normally-annual convention BlizzCon has been cancelled for 2021.

In a post on the event's website, executive producer Saralyn Smith said that California state guidelines around COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic mean that it has had to call the show off this year. 

This is the second year that a physical BlizzCon has been cancelled, but does come shortly in the wake of the company holding a digital BlizzConline show in February 2021. You can check out everything that was announced at that event right here. Blizzard is looking to hold a similar offering this year.

"Building an in-person BlizzCon is an epic and complex affair that takes many months of preparation—not just for us, but also for the many talented production partners, esports pros, hosts, entertainers, artists, and other collaborators we team up with locally and globally to put all of the pieces together," Smith wrote.

"The ongoing complexities and uncertainties of the pandemic have impacted our ability to properly move forward on many of these fronts, and ultimately we’re now past the point where we’d be able to develop the kind of event we’d want to create for you in November.

"But we don’t want to let too long go by before we connect with everyone again. So in the meantime, we’re planning a global event for the early part of next year, combining an online show along the lines of our recent BlizzConline with smaller in-person gatherings, and we’ll share more as our plans come together."

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