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. Brazinger's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tijux View Post
    One more reason to quit wow.
    You quit WoW just because Blizzcon is not taking place? Lol




    I personally am happy that they focus on developing instead of this convention. They lose money for making Blizzcon anyway.
  1. Ibbi's Avatar
    There wasn't a Blizzcon in 2006, so why are people freaking out.

    2005
    2007
    2008
    2009
    2010
    2011
    2013

    Oh noes we skipped another year, everybody panic!
  1. Dejohn's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Punks View Post
    Why wouldnt they? And Black Friday? lol They will NOT wait that long. Losing too many subs, and with GW2 coming out VERY soon. Yeah it will be out at end of summer.

    Kinda why they didnt want to have a Blizzcon.

    2+2=4 not chair.




    Very Spot on! About what I was thinking as well.
    I will remember this post and see who is lol ing. All these "thats way too long" posts occurred at the end of wrath too. They are owned by Activision. If you think they are going to release this product at the end of the summer which is just about the worst time to try and sell a video game to people you are mistaken. Unless they can release it at the same time as GW2 to try and crush that launch they will bite the bullet and make more money around the holidays selling xpacs. The diehards and season passers dont quit playing and paying for this game anyway. Its these people that allow blizzard to do this.
  1. Azivalla's Avatar
    Why do people assume Blizzard is just canceling it for shits and giggles? They love Blizzcon. But they have a heavy plate this year. Three big projects still in development. They can't really take focus off that and prepare for Blizzcon. Everyone should be focusing on their projects, not a convention.
  1. stonhinge's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Smurflord View Post
    No source, but there were some quotes from a while back about it being heavily FPS based. Now that could mean we'll be chucking spears and shooting bows, but more likely a sci-fi based game......or it could be something completely off the wall like a wild west, or WW2 game but I doubt it. At this point, no-one in the community knows anything, all we can do is talk about probabilities.
    Yeah, the only thing I do recall is that it's not based on any existing franchises. They've done fantasy with WoW, so sci-fi is the other general option. Although steampunk/gaslamp fantasy would be interesting. I highly doubt it would be anything "real world" like wild west or military - we expect more from Blizzard than that.

    Given that just about everyone who works for Blizzard also works Blizzcon, and with 3 major titles hitting, I don't blame them for not having one this year. Like most have said, MoP might not have even had a content patch yet, and having Blizzcon would push back work on that as well. While announcing things at Blizzcon is nice, a lot of us would probably much rather things were already in development - and perhaps ready for alpha/beta - by the time they're announced. That gives us demos to play at Blizzcon that aren't the same stuff we've already been doing. With MoP/D3/SC2 out - what incentive is there for me to go? No new demos - other than Pandaria itself, but I'll have been playing the beta already. I'll have D3 as well due to Annual Pass, so no need to demo that either. I've never been a big RTS fan, so SC2 would be the only thing I might be interested in. No reason to go. Although I will miss meeting up with some of my fellow raiders, that's not quite enough of a reason for all of us to fly to California (since quite a few already live in SoCal).
  1. Csunforgiven's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Imhullu View Post
    Meh, the esports for these games isn't that appealing to me.
    I have to agree here, its not THAT exciting to watch a bunch of Koreans/Japanese people playing StarCraft 2 >.>

    Or to watch a bunch of nerds raging because they couldn't kill a shaman....
  1. Machriren's Avatar
    I AM NOT OK WITH THIS... /sadface
  1. Klasis's Avatar
    It comes down to the fact that they wont really have anything to show at blizzcon 2012.
  1. Malrune's Avatar
    No.

    Nononononoonono.

    I enjoy a large scale SC2 tournament now and again but WHY. THE HELL. ARE THEY. STILL!!!! FORCING. WOW. AS. AN. E-SPORT !?!?!?!?!?

    You can't balance an MMO! Arena has always been a joke and their sloppy attempts to 'balance' WoW by forcefully homogenizing the classes has done nothing but negatively impact the game!
  1. carebear's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Klasis View Post
    It comes down to the fact that they wont really have anything to show at blizzcon 2012.
    So much this.

    Coincidence that it's korean/asian with them releasing MoP?

    Blizzard are SO trying to hit the eastern market.
  1. sidneycrosby's Avatar
    A real bummer. As sad as it sounds, Blizzcon virtual ticket was one of the highlights of my year last year. Hopefully they change thier minds.
  1. Collected's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Klasis View Post
    It comes down to the fact that they wont really have anything to show at blizzcon 2012.
    Much more to show in 2013.. probably early 2013. I'm sure it will be worth the little extra wait just to see Titan.
  1. thedronk's Avatar
    If it means more content, I'm kinda glad.
  1. muto's Avatar
    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, Mists of Pandaria (Pandas)? Asia? Coincidence?
  1. segoplout's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ibbi View Post
    There wasn't a Blizzcon in 2006, so why are people freaking out.

    2005
    2007
    2008
    2009
    2010
    2011
    2013

    Oh noes we skipped another year, everybody panic!
    Hardly anyone is freaking out. Get a grip.

    So they miss a year, it makes perfect sense with the releases coming.
  1. Ghul's Avatar
    oh people seeing evil consiracies in every little thing blizzard does! how new and original, i feel like it isnt still year 2007 where people bitched about the same crap and still were proven wrong! geez, why cant blizzard be small and widely underestimated again... i hate to read the same old all negative responses on every breath blizzard takes.. nitpicking everything... are your lifes so miserable that you have to bash on somebody to feel better? im sad that there wont be a blizzcon this year, but they really have planned to release 3 titles this year and that is a feat that has never happened before, so im very excited and probably wont even notice that the blizzcon is missing while im playing d3 or sc2 hots.
  1. starkey's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Brazinger View Post
    You quit WoW just because Blizzcon is not taking place? Lol




    I personally am happy that they focus on developing instead of this convention. They lose money for making Blizzcon anyway.
    yeah people get worked up over such small things, makes me wonder why there still here, oh that's right attention whore syndrome
  1. homerunhomer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ibbi View Post
    There wasn't a Blizzcon in 2006, so why are people freaking out.

    2005
    2007
    2008
    2009
    2010
    2011
    2013

    Oh noes we skipped another year, everybody panic!
    None in 2006
    None in 2012

    Then that means...

    No Blizzcon in 2018!

    Also, whilst I will miss seeing Blizzcon, I'm glad they'd rather spend their time working on their games for us.
  1. Deadanon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Worgoblin View Post
    Do you know how many subscriptions they'll lose if they try dragging 4.3 out all the way till November? Lot's.
    They guarantied enough subs with annual pass so they really dont care.

    They will probably throw 1-2 pets and mounts into store to make enough money to cover the rest. Maybe even some stats items since aparently ppl are ok with it in other games...
  1. Simca's Avatar
    I'm fairly sure that Blizzard is just aware that the world will end in December, so there is no point in hosting a Blizzcon. /conspiracy

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