BlizzCon 2013 Is On; Will Host Blizzard World Championships
Blizzard canceled BlizzCon 2012, breaking its annual tradition after five consecutive conventions in order to host the Blizzard World Championship. As promised, BlizzCon will return in 2013, and the event will play host to next year’s Blizzard World Championships Global Finals.
Speaking at this year’s Global Finals event in Shanghai this weekend, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime confirmed next year’s finals will take place as part of BlizzCon 2013. No date or location details were given.
As reported by Gamespot, Morhaime addressed why BLizzard doesn’t offer the enormous prizes seen in tournaments hosted by Riot Games and Valve, saying:
“We’re also making significant investment. We may be doing it in a different way. We spend an awful lot of money in terms of travel, hotels, making it easy for all of these pros and people involved in putting on these tournaments are able to get to the places they need to be. Maybe it’s not as flashy as putting all the money into prize pools, but it’s still significantly expensive, and, from what we’re told, that’s actually more helpful for the ecosystem than just the flashy prizes.”
That may be so, but the big flashy prizes is what attracts people.