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Blizzard announces cancellation of BlizzCon 2020

Blizzard's annual convention celebrating its games and featuring multiple esports competitions will not take place this year. Blizzard Entertainment

BlizzCon 2020 has officially been canceled.

In a blog post Tuesday from BlizzCon executive producer Saralyn Smith, it was announced that the popular annual event that typically occurs in late October/early November and celebrates past, present and future Blizzard games and culture with multiple competitions and activations, has been shelved. The decision was made in light of the uncertainty of holding a convention given evolving health and safety guidelines due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

However, it was noted in the post that some form of online event or presence that "might be able to channel the BlizzCon spirit and connect with you" is in the works, with a preliminary timeline of early next year.

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As for esports at BlizzCon, the post noted that the BlizzCon team is looking for alternatives for the events that would normally take place at the show. In 2019, for example, the Overwatch World Cup, Hearthstone Global Finals and StarCraft II World Championship Series Global Finals were three competitions that took place at BlizzCon.

BlizzCon is one of a slew of major gaming events and competitions that have been canceled or modified this year. The Evolution Championship Series announced it would be an online-only competition this year, while E3 canceled its yearly convention.

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