Blizzard has made the decision to cancel the 2022 edition of BlizzCon. The convention which takes place once a year will therefore not take place next year, with the studio explaining that it is a ” difficult decision “.
No BlizzCon in 2022
“Every BlizzCon requires the effort of each of us, an effort of the entire company, fueled by our desire to share what we create with the community we love so much. Right now, we believe that the energy needed to organize such an event is best used to support our teams and advance the development of our games and experiences ”, explains Blizzard.
The studio did not give a specific reason, but after the revelation of a company culture marked by sexual harassment and discrimination, the last few months have been marked by the departure of employees, including the departure of the president. J. Allan Brack. There are also several ongoing investigations.
But dropping BlizzCon 2022 doesn’t mean it’s the final end of the convention. Blizzard explains in particular that it will still make announcements related to its games. Also, the studio adds: “We would also like to take the time to reimagine what the BlizzCon of the future could look like”. He points out that a lot has changed since the first conference 16 years ago, especially when it comes to communication with the players. “No matter how the event looks in the future, we also need to make sure it is as safe, welcoming and inclusive as possible”, says the company.