‘Not always’; Blizzard cancels its video game expo for early 2022, El Siglo de Torreón

The Blizzard company recently announced that it will not host its BlizzConline event in early 2022 as it had previously noted. In late May, when BlizzCon 2021 was canceled, the studio said its plan was to host a global event in early 2022 that would feature components both in person and online. However, that will not happen.

“Any BlizzCon event requires each and every one of us to make it happen, a company-wide effort, driven by our desire to share what we create with the community that matters so much to us,” the company said.

“Right now, we feel that the energy it would take to put on a show like this is best directed at supporting our teams and advancing the development of our games and experiences.”

Blizzard plans to take time to reimagine BlizzCon

Without referring directly to the sexual harassment scandal that has rocked the studio in recent months, Blizzard noted that it plans to take time to “reimagine” BlizzCon.

“Whatever the event looks in the future, we must also ensure that it feels as safe, welcoming and inclusive as possible,” the firm said.

It’s no wonder Blizzard wants to rework the event. One of the most serious allegations made against the firm was made by the California Department of Housing and Fair Employment.

According to the agency, the annual show was the site of the infamous “Cosby Suite” where Blizzard employees, including former World of Warcraft creative director Alex Afrasiabi, allegedly sexually harassed a group of women.

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BlizzConline, or simply BlizzCon, had been celebrated for 16 years every year as the showcase where the studio announced its news, and it had only stopped celebrating in 2020 due to Covid-19, although it finally took place online this February month.

Despite the cancellation of BlizzConline 2022, the company has assured that it will continue to release games and updates for the existing titles of its franchises, which include World of Warcraft, Diablo and Overwatch.

Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV are his next two big projects. The first has passed “an important internal goal”; the second is still in progress.






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