Blizzard Cancels Blizzcon for 2012, Will Return Next Year

Every fall, Blizzard fans from around the world gather in Anaheim, CA to see just what Blizzard has on tap for the coming year at Blizzcon. Well, every fall except this one. Blizzard has just announced that they will not be holding Blizzcon this fall.

Before you panic, there’s definitely a reason behind this. Blizzard also announced today that they will be holding this year’s Battle.net World Championship in Asia towards the end of the year. The simple fact is that Blizzard pretty much just doesn’t have time to put together a massive conference, run an international e-sports competition and oh by the way release Diablo 3, a WoW expansion and a Starcraft 2 expansion. In a blog post, Blizzard had this to say:

We’re also heavily focused on getting Diablo III, Mists of Pandaria, and Heart of the Swarm into players’ hands as soon as possible. In light of our jam-packed schedule, we’ve decided to hold the next BlizzCon in 2013.

No doubt this is a huge letdown for Blizzard fans everywhere, but cheer up – Blizzard says that Blizzcon will return in 2013. Until then, bring on the Pandas!

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4 Comments on Blizzard Cancels Blizzcon for 2012, Will Return Next Year

CJ Miozzi

On January 25, 2012 at 9:15 am

Spin, spin, spin.

BlizzCon 2011 attendance numbers were down for the first time in history, from 27,000 down to 26,000. Estimates suggested BlizzCon 2011 would have seen 30,000+ attendees, with 32,000 being a reasonable number to bet on.

Blizzard has said it loses money on BlizzCon every year. With decreasing WoW subscription revenue and increasing pressure from Activision to make moarr money, I think this was a factor.

Another factor? I don’t think the Blizz has any major announcements to make this year.

Whatever the case, “We’re too busy” is a hard pill to swallow.

JimsterlingisaFaggot

On January 25, 2012 at 11:14 am

The real reason is they dont want to hear fans about the diablo 3 delay as well as the dumbass pandas in the new wow xpac

Darkraidor

On January 25, 2012 at 6:08 pm

agree to both lol

psycros

On January 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Their too busy placing advertisements in their new games.