Bad news, everyone: BlizzCon is cancelled. Again.
That's right, Blizzard has confirmed that the smaller, online version of BlizzCon (aptly called BlizzConline) will not be taking place in early 2022 as scheduled.
This is the third BlizzCon to be cancelled, following in the footsteps of the 2020 and 2021 in person-events. Here's what we know about the cancellation.
Why is BlizzCon 2022 cancelled?
The past few BlizzCons were cancelled due to the ongoing Covid pandemic - but that was because they were in-person events.
BlizzConline - as the name suggestions - was meant to be a digital-first event, so wouldn't encounter these restrictions. So, why was it cancelled?
An official blog post by Blizzard doesn't actually name the reason, instead stating that: "At this time, we feel the energy it would take to put on a show like this is best directed towards supporting our teams and progressing development of our games and experiences."
This is clearly in response to the ongoing events circulating around the sexual harassment, discrimination and hateful behaviour that surfaced about Blizzard earlier this year. There are still ongoing investigations at the company, and several walk-outs from staff have taken place.
What about the next BlizzCon event?
We're not sure yet if another BlizzCon will take place later on in 2022, or if it will be delayed until 2023.
BlizzCon will definitely be happening again in the future, but organisers stated that they want to "take the time to reimagine what a BlizzCon event of the future could look like", and to "ensure that it feels as safe, welcoming, and inclusive as possible".
Once we hear more about a future BlizzCon event, we'll update this article.