BlizzConline 2022 remains officially canceled. Blizzard Entertainment, surrounded in recent months by scandals of alleged harassment and labor abuse of employees by some of its managers, has announced the non-holding of the most important community event of the year in the company. Following the cancellation of BlizzCon 2020 as a result of COVID-19 and the fully digital 2021 edition, the 2022 edition will not take place and the event will be reimaginado.
Blizzard wants to support its teams and workers
In an open letter addressed to the community, Blizzard claims to have had long conversations with the entire team to see if it was possible to bring back BlizzCon, which months ago was considering the possibility of proceeding with a mixed format; with part face-to-face and part online. “We have decided to take a step back and stop our previously announced plans for BlizzConline, scheduled for early next year”They begin by saying.
“It has been a tough decision to make, but it is the right one”, they maintain, but at the moment “we believe that the energy needed to organize a show of this type is better directed to supporting our teams and advancing development. of our games and experiences ”.
Blizzard wants to reimagine the event; they will continue to make separate announcements
The company needs to take a cooling off period and now concentrate their efforts on supporting the teams and progressing in the development of the games currently underway. In this period of reflection they will study “how an event like BlizzCon could be in the future”, since before the pandemic it was a massive meeting with thousands of people and partners to announce their plans for the future there.
“Whatever the form of the event going forward, we also have to make sure it is as safe, welcoming and inclusive as possible. We are committed to maintaining continuous communication with our players, and we believe that BlizzCon will play an important role in the future ”,
Although we will not have BlizzCon this year, from Blizzard they maintain that announce and update their games in other ways.
Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV are his next two big projects. The first has passed “an important internal goal”; the second continues to progress.
Source | Blizzard