BlizzConline 2022 Canceled to Focus on the Development Teams


To the shock of completely no-one, Blizzard Entertainment canceled the in-person BlizzCon 2021 event again in May due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It was changed with an internet international occasion due to happen at the begin of 2022. Now the firm has made the “tough decision” to cancel the BlizzConline 2022 occasion too, citing the power wanted to put on the present could be higher centered in the direction of the improvement groups and their video games.

Despite the lack of an occasion, Blizzard nonetheless plans to make bulletins and provides updates on their present video games and upcoming titles. These bulletins will now be made by the video games’ official channels relatively than at the present. Blizzard additionally said it will be utilizing the time to “reimagine” BlizzCon occasions for the future in order that it’s “as safe, welcoming, and inclusive as possible.” You can get an thought for what they imply of their assertion:

We’ve determined to take a step again and pause on planning the beforehand introduced BlizzConline occasion scheduled for early subsequent yr. This was a troublesome determination for all of us to make, however it’s the proper one.

Any BlizzCon occasion takes each single one in all us to make occur, an entire-company effort, fueled by our want to share what we create with the group we care about a lot. At this time, we really feel the power it will take to put on a present like that is finest directed in the direction of supporting our groups and progressing improvement of our video games and experiences.

Additionally, we’d additionally like to take the time to reimagine what a BlizzCon occasion of the future may appear like. The first BlizzCon was held 16 years in the past, and a lot has modified in the time since—most notably, the a number of methods by which gamers and communities can come collectively and really feel like they’re part of one thing larger. Whatever the occasion appears to be like like in the future, we additionally want to make sure that it feels as secure, welcoming, and inclusive as attainable. We’re dedicated to continuous communication with our gamers, and we see BlizzCon enjoying a giant function in that going ahead. We’re enthusiastic about what we’ll do with the occasion after we revisit it in the future.

One thing more we needed to clarify: though we aren’t holding BlizzConline in February, we’ll nonetheless be making bulletins and updates for our video games. We’re pleased with our groups and the progress they’ve made throughout our video games. We have a number of thrilling upcoming information and releases to share with you. You’ll proceed listening to about these by our franchise channels, with the gifted individuals on the BlizzCon group enjoying an element in supporting these efforts.

We’ll miss seeing you, however don’t fear. We’ll be again collectively quickly.

Of course, the determination to cancel the occasion doubtless has completely nothing to do with the controversy at the moment surrounding Activision Blizzard (learn: in all probability has lots to do with it). Following months of allegations following years of investigations, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued subpoenas for a number of firm executives, together with Chief Executive Officer Bobby Kotick, the reply questions on how the firm has dealt with allegations surrounding a discriminatory work place tradition and sexual misconduct. This was after the firm was accused of destroying evidence associated to the investigation. Activision has attempted to postpone the lawsuit however was unsuccessful. In the meantime, 20 employees were fired and an identical quantity have been reprimanded in response to the poisonous work tradition allegations, however it looks as if there’s nonetheless a great distance to go.

While Blizzard didn’t come proper out and say it, evidently a number of the determination to cancel the occasion was made in mild of the allegations and investigations as the firm seeks to redefine itself in a number of methods, a few of which include renaming characters in games to keep away from their affiliation with recognized abusers.

[Source: Blizzard]