To the shock of completely no-one, Blizzard Leisure canceled the in-person BlizzCon 2021 occasion again in Could because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It was changed with a web-based world occasion as a result of happen firstly of 2022. Now the corporate has made the “powerful determination” to cancel the BlizzConline 2022 occasion too, citing the vitality wanted to placed on the present could be higher targeted in the direction of the event groups and their video games.
Regardless of the shortage 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 way of the video games’ official channels somewhat than on the present. Blizzard additionally acknowledged it might be utilizing the time to “reimagine” BlizzCon occasions for the longer term in order that it’s “as secure, welcoming, and inclusive as potential.” You will get an concept 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, nevertheless it’s the appropriate one.
Any BlizzCon occasion takes each single certainly one of us to make occur, an entire-company effort, fueled by our need to share what we create with the neighborhood we care about a lot. Presently, we really feel the vitality it might take to placed on a present like that is greatest directed in the direction of supporting our groups and progressing improvement of our video games and experiences.
Moreover, we’d additionally prefer to take the time to reimagine what a BlizzCon occasion of the longer term may appear like. The primary BlizzCon was held 16 years in the past, and a lot has modified within the time since—most notably, the a number of methods during which gamers and communities can come collectively and really feel like they’re part of one thing larger. Regardless of the occasion appears to be like like sooner or later, we additionally want to make sure that it feels as secure, welcoming, and inclusive as potential. We’re dedicated to continuous communication with our gamers, and we see BlizzCon enjoying an enormous position in that going ahead. We’re enthusiastic about what we’ll do with the occasion after we revisit it sooner or later.
Yet one more factor we wished to clarify: though we aren’t holding BlizzConline in February, we’ll nonetheless be making bulletins and updates for our video games. We’re happy with our groups and the progress they’ve made throughout our video games. We’ve a whole lot of thrilling upcoming information and releases to share with you. You’ll proceed listening to about these by way of our franchise channels, with the gifted folks on the BlizzCon workforce enjoying an element in supporting these efforts.
We’ll miss seeing you, however don’t fear. We’ll be again collectively quickly.
In fact, the choice to cancel the occasion probably has completely nothing to do with the controversy presently surrounding Activision Blizzard (learn: most likely has loads to do with it). Following months of allegations following years of investigations, the Securities and Change Fee (SEC) issued subpoenas for a number of firm executives, together with Chief Government Officer Bobby Kotick, the reply questions on how the corporate has dealt with allegations surrounding a discriminatory work place tradition and sexual misconduct. This was after the corporate was accused of destroying proof associated to the investigation. Activision has tried to postpone the lawsuit however was unsuccessful. Within the meantime, 20 workers had been fired and an analogous quantity had been reprimanded in response to the poisonous work tradition allegations, nevertheless it looks like there’s nonetheless a protracted technique to go.
Whereas Blizzard didn’t come proper out and say it, it appears that evidently a whole lot of the choice to cancel the occasion was made in mild of the allegations and investigations as the corporate seeks to redefine itself in a number of methods, a few of which embrace renaming characters in video games to keep away from their affiliation with recognized abusers.[Source: Blizzard]