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. Finangus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Chickat View Post
    It means that Pandaria will be ut before blizzcon would have happened. Probably may-july release date.
    In order for that to happen, they would already need to be in the late alpha stage at this moment. Then they would have to start the beta process no later than the middle of February. Unfortunately, I doubt they're that far into the development cycle.

    Seriously, I'd be shocked and amazed if MoP releases before November. Hell, I'll be amazed if D3 releases before September.
  1. Shrouded's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Anjerith View Post
    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.
    Don't patronize me. I know (roughly) how much time goes into an event of that size. I also know that 95% of the dev team(s) are not involved in it in any shape or form. I also know Blizzard PR speak when I see it - this is most definitely an excuse. The real reason - which so many others in this thread have understood - is that BlizzCon would take place at a time when they're not ready to make any new announcements about upcoming titles. That's all there's to it.
  1. zuckas's Avatar
    Not really surprising, with all of their upcoming titles slated for release before blizzcon they'd have nothing to talk about other then "whoo blizzard rules!" and having metzen yelling "For the Horde!"
  1. Hobb's Avatar
    With Blizzard suffering a $25 mil profit loss to date so far this year it kind of makes sense cancelling it.
  1. Kashim's Avatar
    I knew something like this would occur...for the best. If you think about it, there's no way they can do a Blizzcon as good as last year's this time around...especially on the WoW front. MoP will then have (relatively) recently been released, along with D3 and Heart of the Swarm..with people probably nagging for Titan info they can't share yet.

    I imagine 2012 will be great with most likely the expansion after MoP announcement, possibly D3 exp announcement and a wallop of info on SC2's last expansion. Oh and who knows maybe a Titan trailer

    That will be my prediction for the next 2 years. I'm of course sad that there's no Blizzcon to watch on the stream but I completely agree with the decision.

    And yeah lol @ people who think Blizzcon is a small effort. Any event of that scale takes enormous amounts of time to plan and organize.
  1. The Illusive Man's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bombkirby View Post
    Well they could...maybe sow some stuff for Starcraft 2 Part 3 (the name evades me if they gave it one yet) but yeah...thats it. Thats not nearly enough to host a convention over.
    I don´t think that there would be much to talk about this year !! I mean all of their major releases 2012 will be out before Blizzcon.

    BTW: The Protoss campaign will be called "Legacy of the Void" http://starcraft.wikia.com/wiki/Star...cy_of_the_Void
  1. achaeon's Avatar
    Will this be an epic troll? They said MoP will be out for the next Blizzcon... Blizzard trollface?
  1. Mongoose19's Avatar
    Lol Blizz too ashamed to show their faces after this year's release of D3 and MoP, can't blame em, I would hide in cave if I were in their place.
  1. jizzyburnizzy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by celinamuna View Post
    rofl, thats awesome
  1. Nest's Avatar
    This just confirms that MoP wont be coming out anytime soon and we will have to stick in this raid tier for a long long time. Disappoint.
  1. WarpKnight's Avatar
    Fuck that..
  1. Abelf's Avatar
    What this means: 1. D3 will be released before October 2. MoP will be released before October 3. HotS will probably be released before October 4. Blizz is not ready to announce Titan this year 5. Blizz wants to put more emphasis on Esports 6. Blizz doesn't feel threatened by SWTOR's release
  1. Granyala's Avatar
    Makes perfect sense. It would have been at a very unfortunate time. 3 titles just released, and with time not being ripe for new announcements yet. People would complain about it being boring.
    Agreed. Still I like Blizzcons :/
  1. reve's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lighthawk45 View Post
    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
    Any theory as to how they actually don't cater anything WoW related to Asian audience?

    I mean I don't really care and I think this is the 1st time I even post about it but it's kind od hard to ignore all the evidence.
  1. Chickat's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mongoose19 View Post
    Lol Blizz too ashamed to show their faces after this year's release of D3 and MoP, can't blame em, I would hide in cave if I were in their place.
    wtf does that mean?

    ---------- Post added 2012-01-25 at 09:44 AM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Finangus View Post
    In order for that to happen, they would already need to be in the late alpha stage at this moment. Then they would have to start the beta process no later than the middle of February. Unfortunately, I doubt they're that far into the development cycle.

    Seriously, I'd be shocked and amazed if MoP releases before November. Hell, I'll be amazed if D3 releases before September.
    Beta doesn't need to last near as long as cata beta lasted, because there aren't thousands of quests and dozens of zones to test. I bet MoP is in alpha now, and even if beta doesnt start until march, then MoP can still release in June or July.
  1. Amirila's Avatar
    Noooo! O.o
  1. Heck's Avatar
    Maybe BioWare should have a SWTOR-con next year instead!!! :P

    I thought Blizzcon was for/about the fans and not just to pimp the latest Blizzard product? Guess this puts that notion to rest.
  1. iwco's Avatar
    no blizzcon weekend this year? kinda sucks... but tbh im not surprised... no announcements ... would be pointless if they made blizzcon just for costume competition
  1. Firebane's Avatar
    Well they have no excuse for the next Blizzcon to suck like the last ones.
  1. Epithdeios's Avatar
    ....... strange

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