Citing Pandemic Concerns, In-Person BlizzCon Event Will Continue on Hiatus for Second Year in a Row – The Esports Observer

Blizzard Entertainment will keep its BlizzCon on hiatus through 2021, citing pandemic concerns according to an announcement on the company’s official Twitter page.

One of the concerns listed in the announcement is the seemingly uncertain California guidelines and county tiers that can fluctuate from month to month. BlizzCon usually takes place in Anaheim, which is in Orange County, California. Right now, the county has declared that it is in the yellow tier, which is the least restrictive tier. However, even with the county being in the least obstructive tier there is a 50% capacity restriction for those indoor areas that can be opened.  

Orange Tier is moderate and sees both a 50% and a 25% capacity restriction for certain areas, while Red Tier sees a 25% capacity restriction or 100 people, whichever is less. Purple Tier is the most restrictive and sees most indoor businesses closed.

With the uncertainty of which tier Orange County would be in come October or November, BlizzCon officials noted that having as many moving parts as they already have in putting on such an event coupled with the fact the Anaheim Convention Center could in fact be shut down if the pandemic worsens, it simply wasn’t feasible to run the event as the company has in the past.

However, Saralyn Smith, executive producer of BlizzCon did mention that there will be an event of some kind.

“So in the meantime, we’re planning a global event for the early part of next year, combining an online show along the lines of our recent BlizzConline with smaller in-person gatherings, and we’ll share more as our plans come together.

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