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BlizzCon returns in 2023

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BlizzCon will be making its return in 2023. Here are the details.

BlizzCon will return in 2023, according to the event's executive producer. It's an convention by Blizzard that showcases its various franchises. These include World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Diablo, and more. Read on for details.

Will there be a BlizzCon 2023?

Yes, BlizzCon 2023 will be happening, according to BlizzCon executive producer April McKee in a 2022 year-end announcement. McKee noted that more information about it will be available early next year.
"Yes, we’re bringing BlizzCon back—more on that early next year!" McKee stated.
BlizzCon banner. Image via Blizzard Entertainment.
BlizzCon banner. Image via Blizzard Entertainment.
President of Blizzard, Mike Ybarra, also talked about the return of BlizzCon in an interview with the LA Times back in July 2022.
“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 said. He then referenced McKee as the new leader of the event. "We are committed to bringing back BlizzCon in 2023," Ybarra added.
BlizzConline key art. Image via Blizzard Entertainment.
BlizzConline key art. Image via Blizzard Entertainment.

Why was BlizzCon canceled?

Due to the pandemic, BlizzCon got canceled back in 2020. According to Blizzard, discussions were had about health and safety considerations. Conversations about the fluctuations of national and local health guidelines were also had by the company.
"Ultimately, after considering our options, we’ve come to the very difficult decision to not have BlizzCon this year," the announcement stated.
BlizzConline banner featuring the character Illidan Stormrage holding Hearthstone cards. Image via Blizzard Entertainment.
BlizzConline banner featuring the character Illidan Stormrage holding Hearthstone cards. Image via Blizzard Entertainment.
As for BlizzCon 2021, it was a virtual one called BlizzConline. Attendees tuned in via official YouTube and Twitch channels.
"While circumstances are keeping us from gathering in person this year, we’re putting together a little something early next year to channel the spirit of BlizzCon into the form of an online show, which will be free to watch and engage in," Blizzard wrote in 2020 about the 2021 BlizzConline event.
BlizzCon 2018 key art. Image via Blizzard Entertainment.
BlizzCon 2018 key art. Image via Blizzard Entertainment.
Then, BlizzCon 2022 got canceled. "At this time, we feel the energy it would take to put on a show like this is best directed towards supporting our teams and progressing development of our games and experiences," the official announcement stated.
The 2022 announcement arrived a few months after the California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) filed a lawsuit that alleged sexism and discrimination.
A message from the Overwatch team. Image via Blizzard Entertainment.
A message from the Overwatch team. Image via Blizzard Entertainment.
An Overwatch character got renamed to Cole Cassidy a few months after the lawsuit as well. “Going forward, in-game characters will no longer be named after real employees and we will be more thoughtful and discerning about adding real world references in future Overwatch content,” the statement read.
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Amy Chen
Amy Chen
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Amy Chen is an esports journalist and enthusiast who specializes in in-depth interviews and breaking news. A University of Toronto and Humber College graduate, she is passionate about building up the Canadian esports industry. Her current favorite games are Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm, and she has always had a soft spot for World of Warcraft!