MMO-Champion - No BlizzCon in 2012 - Battle.net World Championship
Update: Added a Blizzcon 2012 follow-up post by Bashiok and other news.

No BlizzCon in 2012 - Battle.net World Championship
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Blizzard Entertainment is proud to announce the 2012 Battle.net World Championship, a major global eSports event featuring some of the best pro-gaming competition in the world. Slated to take place in Asia toward the end of 2012, the Battle.net World Championship will host this year’s StarCraft II and World of Warcraft Arena World Championship tournaments. Blizzard gamers and eSports fans from around the world will be invited to attend and witness some of the most skilled pro players on the planet battle it out for cash and glory.

We’re excited to be showcasing Blizzard eSports on a truly global stage this year. We're also heavily focused on getting Diablo III, Mists of Pandaria, and Heart of the Swarm into players’ hands as soon as possible. In light of our jam-packed schedule, we’ve decided to hold the next BlizzCon in 2013.

More details about the 2012 Battle.net World Championship and BlizzCon 2013, including specific dates and locations, will be coming in the months ahead.

Blizzcon 2012 Follow-up
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Yeah it's a bit disappointing because we all really do enjoy being able to 'open the doors' so to speak. But, it is an enormous effort by all employees, including our game designers and artists, not to mention customer support and quality assurance, PR, our business departments, and *hot breath on fingernails & shirt rub* Community & eSports to make a BlizzCon happen. In a year when we're working to release multiple titles (knock on wood) it makes sense to focus our efforts. Also with multiple game releases we just wonder if we'd be at a point with any of them where we'd have anything really big or new or cool to talk about.

We didn't have a BlizzCon in 2006 either, and at that time we were really strong on the idea that BlizzCon isn't really supposed to be and doesn't have to be an annual event. Of course then we have it for five straight years in a row... which obviously built some expectation.

Personally I always enjoy seeing the excitement, the rushing crowds, hearing the clicking of mice on the demo stations, and waiting in agony as the seconds countdown to an announcement and then the waves of emotion from the crowd that follow it. But thinking about our year and what we're trying to get done already without a BlizzCon, and having to think pretty hard about what we'd have to announce or demo, it just makes sense to me not to have one.

Here's to the Battle.net World Championship, it's going to be awesome, and to a bigger and better BlizzCon in 2013.

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  1. Anjerith's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shrouded View Post
    Oh, I agree. I just find their PR nonsense rather insulting - as if they expect their fans to fall for the whole "oh, we're too busy making games!" spiel. Especially considering two - or perhaps all three - of the mentioned games will already have been released by that time.
    You don't think that a ridiculous number of hours goes into creating the mega-event that is a Blizzcon? You've never been to one. It isn't an excuse, Blizzard has typically worked on a single game at a time, with a WoW expansion being hammered out in long-term segments. They are now releasing a main title, and two expansions within a rough year of each other.

    This is time consuming.
  1. Flimsy's Avatar
    I love E-sports (SC2 ftw) but no Blizzcon this year....that sucks big time.
  1. Trexxen's Avatar
    I understand the reasoning behind the decision from a business standpoint, but that doesn't mean I'm not still ticked off about it. =P My guild was going to have their first annual BlizzCon meetup this year, and we had everything planned out - rooms, a few carpools for those on the West Coast, the parties before, during, and after, and even a trip to Disney...guess we're screwed until next year. Ah well, c'est la vie - hopefully they'll use the time to make MoP better and less buggy at launch than Cata was XD
  1. Dessan's Avatar
    Good, would rather see Mists come out and live up to the previous expansions than tank and really become their downfall. Any spare time they have to work on it sounds like a smart move.

    Looking forward to seeing some esports too, been too long since I saw pvp streams on the front page
  1. connectz's Avatar
    lol....talk about blizz aiming at the asian market.
  1. Chickat's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Trexxen View Post
    I understand the reasoning behind the decision from a business standpoint, but that doesn't mean I'm not still ticked off about it. =P My guild was going to have their first annual BlizzCon meetup this year, and we had everything planned out - rooms, a few carpools for those on the West Coast, the parties before, during, and after, and even a trip to Disney...guess we're screwed until next year. Ah well, c'est la vie - hopefully they'll use the time to make MoP better and less buggy at launch than Cata was XD
    What was buggy at Cata release? I cant remember anything being bad at all.
  1. lywyu's Avatar
    So I guess there won't be any new announcements this year therefore no point in having a BlizzCon. At least that's how I see it. What happened to Warcraft movie? What happened to project Titan. Well... I guess we'll have to wait until 2013 to find out.Also... what is up with Blizzard and Asia lately?
  1. gend's Avatar
    Not really interested in esports for Blizz games so I doubt I'll watch most of it.

    If they don't over focus on the competition and still hold a bunch of panels it might be decent tho. Definately won't attend however.
  1. Chickat's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by connectz View Post
    lol....talk about blizz aiming at the asian market.
    Blizzard are not aiming at the Asian market over Europe/North america. They make like 10-20% of there money at max from Asia and the rest from the west. It would be stupid for Blizzard to make an expansion just to cater to Asia. Assuming you were talking about MoP of course.
  1. Tokiko's Avatar
    What i do like about no BlizzCon this year?It brings hopes up high that they will actually release MoP and D3 before or in the 3rd Quarter of 2012, which is reassuring If they had MoP or D3 on Timetable later than that, then there would be quite the need (read: income) for hosting a BlizzCon
  1. Eis's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Geigerton View Post
    The faster x-pac schedule, if pulled off, makes announcing a new expansion at this Blizzcon (if one was held in 2012)... iffy. It might not go over well potentially announcing the next expansion after MOP when patch 5.1 might not even be out yet. Blizzard may not even know what they want to change yet or what works/fails of MOP that needs changed.

    Imagine Blizzard announcing CATA back when most average guilds were just beginning to farm KT in Naxx, and Maly/3D Sarth were progression still. Average, keyword, average.
    Sorry, I should've clarified. At the 2013 Blizzcon we can expect an expansion announce pretty much for sure. =P
  1. Strafer's Avatar
    Not having Blizzcon this year is the biggest mistake since Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3.
  1. muxx's Avatar
    makes sense, there wont really be anything to announce this year as this past blizzcon they dropped more diablo stuff sc2 expac and MoP in one, only thing left un announced atm is titan which probably isnt anywhere near reaady to announce.
  1. Burritaco's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Strafer View Post
    Not having Blizzcon this year is the biggest mistake since Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3.
    I don't see how making millions of dollars is a mistake
  1. Flimsy's Avatar
    Its only being held in Asia because that's the main E-sports zone, Korea already have the best players and host the main tournament for Starcraft 2.
  1. benjaminmanastorm's Avatar
    No blizzcon pet this year then?
  1. Mascotte's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Strafer View Post
    Not having Blizzcon this year is the biggest mistake since Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3.
    Because?
    D3 will be out by then, so will HotS and MoP is either just released or close to release.
    What can they announce then? Titan?
    Doesnt seem like thats far enough in development to be shown to the public already.
    Not having Blizzcon is a solid decision.
  1. StenchSlash's Avatar
    Actually this is awesome! I love the starcraft tournaments!!!!
  1. Lighthawk45's Avatar
    kind of gutted its in asia tho and not US but meh
    INB4 people saying that it backs up the conspiracy of Blizzard moving to a Asian audience
  1. Uselessrouge's Avatar
    oh comme on i love blizzcon was fun to see evry year..

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