We haven’t seen a Blizzcon celebration of their games and community since 2019. BlizzCon 2020 was canceled due to health concerned raised by the COVID-19 pandemic after it was already announced in full. Then in 2021, Blizzard Entertainment’s serious controversy forced the cancelation of BlizzCon 2021. Event troubles continued even into this year with their virtual event canceled.
Fortunately, we’ve got some good news for fans looking a bit ahead. A regular game critic from LA Times, Todd Martens, wrote a piece that broke the news about a possible BlizzCon return to the stage in 2023. Mike Ybarra from Blizzard Entertainment chats with him, “We previously announced we’re taking a pause on BlizzCon while we reimagine it for the future but do want to return to a live event that enables us to celebrate the community,” Ybarra says.” We recently hired a new leader of BlizzCon, April McKee, who is hard at work on that plan. … We are committed to bringing back BlizzCon in 2023.”
Mike and his (somewhat new now) team have been working hard to change the perspective of recent company culture. As industry veterans ourselves, that change will take time. Is it enough time to smooth over relations with the most important asset they have (their community) by the 2023 event? We’ll see.
We here at Events for Gamers follow all event news with interest. As we hear more about BlizzCon 2023 in the months ahead, be sure to keep watch on our channels for the latest news available, including when tickets for 2023’s event may become available.
What do you hope to see announced at the next BlizzCon? Let us know what you’re looking for, whether it’s about Diablo 4, Overwatch 2, their plethora of mobile games in development, or anything else you might like to see from this gaming giant!