On the official Blizzcon website today, a statement appeared from Saralyn Smith, the executive producer of BLizzcon, regarding what will happen with regards to the conventions 2020 plans:
Ultimately, after considering our options, we’ve come to the very difficult decision to not have BlizzCon this year.
Surprising no-one, it all comes down to public health and safety. Blizzard acknowledges that with the pandemic still ongoing (albeit improving) they are not in a position to risk that for it’s attendess.
It’s easy to assume that as conditions get better we may find ourselves with an opportunity to become complacent – but the reality is that large gatherings still pose a risk to people, and Blizzcon is one heck of a gathering.
All is not lost however! The post also documents how they will work to try and create an online offering for people. stating:
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.
So for all your Blizzard related hype, there will still be an avenue to get your fix! Personally my biggest disappointment will be the obvious hit to the cosplay competition, which has blown my mind every year – but perhaps they will move that online also.