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. frott's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pinkz View Post
    well at that time, if i remember right WOW wasn't still yet quite as large yet and not much else was really new at the time for bliizard. in 2006 prior to BC release they spent money advertising and BC was promoted on one of the movie/music awards shows. also at 2005 blizzcon BC was covered.

    as for now, what would be the reason for a blizzcon, there is nothing new to announce, nothing new to ask. MOP is appropriate fot the last exp....mopping up the game and ending it.
    You honestly think WoW is going to "end" any time soon?

    Everquest is still around, and WoW and EQ2 "killed" EQ... with its 18th expansion released in november 2011.

    What happens with MMOs, that is pretty awesome, is once they figure out that they're not going to attract new blood with the outdated engine or some new gimmick, is that they start catering to those people who love the property and start doing challenging, interesting experiments with the game - that not always work - but are always engaging.

    Once wow really "dies" to the mainstream is when you'll see things like battleground map packs, solo raid content, basically anything they can throw at the game to validate an expansion. It will become a testing ground for their new/next flagship entity.

    And I think that's years and years away. Look at how radical MoP is. Unfortunately most of that is to try to cater to a younger audience of these apparently "new gamers who are easily confused by things."

    We haven't even seen massive server merges yet.

    Heck, the delay of SC2:2 and D3 are probably because blizzard figures their only real competition is themselves.

    And you know there will be a bundle "blizzard pass" that includes all mmo subscriptions in one with perks like free expansions, etc. when that happens. They're not going to let their next gen mmo completely kill off the previous one.


    I will say, though, the asian themed junk in EQ1 was the signal that they're not afraid to alienate their fantasy interested audience and are going to try mixing things up a bit.

    I honestly think that the lack of competition in D3 in terms of "everyone sees their own loot" will not allow it to thrive as much as D2 did. It's also something to prove that younger gamers want a D2-like game. D2 *DID* happen right on the cusp of persistent online worlds, even though all it was was a persistent character that interacted in small instanced segments. The real money marketplace has a lot riding on it in terms of how all games will work moving forward, especially their own products.


    I just chalk "no blizzcon" up to the basic fact that they've got nothing they're willing to share at this point, and we don't need another MOP, SC2:2, D3 reveal. D3 would likely be launched by that time anyway, with SC2:2 / MOP in the thanksgiving / winter season.

    I wouldn't be surprised if WoW has the next half-dozen expansions all plotted out and finished to varying degrees.
  1. Rioo's Avatar
    A bit surprised but seeing how they'll just have released the WoW expansion, the SC2 expansion and Diablo 3 I can't blame them. Sure they could have talked about the next patch in WoW, but the only thing that's interesting is Titan and they clearly don't want to do that yet. So either a crap-ass Blizzcon or a nice SC2 tournament, I'd go with the SC2 one any day. Who knows, Diablo 3 might even be enjoyable to watch too as an added bonus.
  1. Nekosom's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by iceberg265 View Post
    People defending this crack me up...You think if the company/game was still doing well they would skip an event they have done every year for a long time now? They LOVE doing Blizzcon, or at least they used to till they started putting out inferior products.

    Nothing to talk about? Please...I highly doubt mop will be out yet, plus there is D3x1, SC2 protoss campaign, Titan Teasers, they could even do previews for WoW 5.1 etc.
    Considering neither Legacy of the Void or D3x1 are probably even in development yet and Blizzcon is only 9 months away, what exactly would they have to show? A teaser for vaporware and a content patch? They don't "LOVE" doing Blizzcon, they love the publicity it brings those products. You pretend like their motivation behind Blizzcon hasn't always been unfettered greed.

    But there's nothing to promote, so what's the point? This isn't a fan-run convention that throws these events just for the hell of it, it is a corporate-run advertising campaign.

    I love these people who wear the rose-tinted glasses and think that Blizzard's philosophy hasn't always been to make money. Blizzcon was a complete contrivance from the get-go, and I'm actually somewhat impressed that they're smart enough to know that sometimes a corporate circle-jerk isn't always appropriate when there's no product to show.
  1. Vehemence's Avatar
    Not a surprise, they have nothing to announce this year if you check their cycle chronologically.
  1. Sargerus's Avatar
    There you are folks. No Titan announcement until 2013 and release planned for 2015
  1. Melilithia's Avatar
    I have just one thing to say... FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU- I was so planning on going next year, cause I might actually have money. >:
  1. Slaughty8's Avatar
    Blizz is soo predictable. I bet that on the BlizzCon 2013 they will announce TONS of stuff like:

    Titan
    Diablo 3 1 Expansion
    SC 2 Last expansion
    Wow Last expansion (Burning Legion expac, lvl 100, 2 new hero classes, many changes, bosses like Kil'jaeden (return), final boos: avatar of Sargeras,

    and because of lack of BC in 2012, hunger will grow so imagine whole crazines after releasing all these news in 2013.
  1. Alayea's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zephh View Post
    World is ending everybody hoard the toilet paper!!!!!!
    Don't forget to grab a brown paper bag!

    But yeah, I like looking forward to reading and watching stuff from Blizzcon. Sucks that there won't be one this year, but hopefully it really will help them out with getting things done for the upcoming releases.
  1. Donnicton's Avatar
    I think we all know what the real reason is. Since the world is ending this year, Blizzard didn't think there would be any point to holding a Blizzcon this year to announce any further projects.
  1. Athinah's Avatar
    Am i the only person who does not care for titan?
  1. Seejay's Avatar
    I mostly watch Blizzcon for the tournament stuff anyway so I'm actually pretty excited about this. I can understand their reasons too, they're probably working flat out to get all their stuff done.
  1. nycnyc88's Avatar
    I agree with posters who said that blizz simply has nothing to show, and both D3 and MoP are way off (i.e. not earlier than september). The biggest proof is a year subscription that was used to lure the guillible. Enjoy raiding the same thing for a year, haha.Either way, since Activision took over, quality has been on the slide, but the majority of the people nowadays will take any crap thats thrown their way and ask for more.
  1. Evenios's Avatar
    Thats terrible why in the world would they NOT want to have blizzcon this year? considering they have Mists of Pandaria coming out soon and what. But whatever. way to screw over the fans. To be honest im not entirely that impressed with what Blizzard has come up with lately. Diablo III looks OK but still basically the same game as 10 years ago just with better graphics, and the Panda update looks cool but i really wish they would put more time into adding more stuff to World of Warcraft.......but yeah whatever thats just sad they wont have a blizzcon unless they are shelving Mists of Pandaria for a while? who knows...
  1. Alayea's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Donnicton View Post
    I think we all know what the real reason is. Since the world is ending this year, Blizzard didn't think there would be any point to holding a Blizzcon this year to announce any further projects.
    Let's see, where's that Mayan announcement...

    Dang, can't find that one meme image. Anyway, at the bottom it said "Trolling people since XXXX".
  1. TheRabidDeer's Avatar
    What this means: Expect D3 in Q1/Q2 Expect SC2: HotS near Q3, MAYBE Q4 Expect MoP around Q4 (probably another november release)
  1. invadermatt1's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Matutin View Post
    So, if no BlizzCon till 2013, when and where this guys are going to announce Pandaria? :O
    It would have been released before any potential blizzcon anyways.
  1. Maruka's Avatar
    i bet blizzcon tickets in 2013 will be twice what they cost last year
  1. Buryit's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Athinah View Post
    Am i the only person who does not care for titan?
    Since I have no clue what it is of yet I really am not sure how you could have feeling for or against it
  1. Athinah's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Evenios View Post
    Thats terrible why in the world would they NOT want to have blizzcon this year? considering they have Mists of Pandaria coming out soon and what. But whatever. way to screw over the fans. To be honest im not entirely that impressed with what Blizzard has come up with lately. Diablo III looks OK but still basically the same game as 10 years ago just with better graphics, and the Panda update looks cool but i really wish they would put more time into adding more stuff to World of Warcraft.......but yeah whatever thats just sad they wont have a blizzcon unless they are shelving Mists of Pandaria for a while? who knows...
    Honestly If blizzard pushes back MoP till next year they are going to loose a LOT of subs for a while. Even people who are pretty loyal fans will probably go try out Star Wars (like myself) Is wow going to die? I hardly doubt that, wow will die when blizzard lets it, because even if they do loose a lot of subs they will always have people paying them for wow as long as they put out content for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buryit View Post
    Since I have no clue what it is of yet I really am not sure how you could have feeling for or against it
    Sorry I should have said that better. That's pretty much what I mean, I do not understand how someone can be excited/disappointed for something that we no absolutely nothing about.
  1. Jay667b's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Athinah View Post
    Am i the only person who does not care for titan?
    How can you not care for something that you've seen literally no assets for? For all you know it might cater to your exact specific tastes and be the best game you'll ever play.

    Don't judge something before you know anything about it.

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