BlizzCon 2021 canceled and hybrid event rescheduled early next year

BlizzCon doesn’t host big events like this year’s shows, face-to-face gatherings and event hosts. This year, Blizzard hasn’t held an event in 2021, while most shows have taken a digital approach, including the announcement of E3 and the big summer games. However, the show will be held early next year.

BlizzCon Saralyn Smith’s executive producer said in a blog post that a global event is planned for early next year. “But I don’t want to spend too much time before reconnecting with everyone,” Smith said. “In the meantime, we’re planning a global event early next year, combining a recent online show along the Blizz Conline with a small face-to-face gathering. Once the plan is in place, we’ll share more information. I will. Check out the entire announcement post here.

The reasons mentioned for the show are, of course, related to COVID. Hoping the end is near at this point as the restrictions will be slowly lifted and the number of vaccinations will increase, but planning the event requires an incredible amount of planning and execution. It’s a long process with many moving parts. Uncertainties remain about pandemics, and events (not just BlizzCon) are in flux until they are gone. Personally, I can’t wait for the face-to-face events to resume in some way, but I also recognize the tremendous amount of preparation and planning needed for these events. Landing until next year.

Unfortunately, the language used in Smith’s post isn’t very certain that the full-fledged traditional BlizzCon will be an event in early 2022, but let’s wait for what happens.

Been to BlizzCon? Did you expect to come back this year? Are you anxious for the resurgence of game conventions? Does this have any impact on you? Let us know in the comments!