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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This article was originally published in forum thread: No BlizzCon in 2013 - Battle.net World Championship in 2012 started by Boubouille View original post
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  1. Rawt's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Frozenbeef View Post
    I'd rather stay on the ship to see if the hole from the iceberg can be fixed rather than climb onto some makeshift boat made out of wardrobes and tables 0o
    Good luck! Me and this guy will be high and dry!

  1. Black Kyurem's Avatar
    Whoa... this I did not expect. :/
  1. schippie's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mojo Risin View Post
    Could this mean that they have so little to talk about (because we know about most of the games, and it isn't time for a DIII or the next SCII expansion yet), that it simply isn't worth it, and that they want to use E3 for TITAN ANNOUNCEMENT?

    Blizzard hasnt gone to E3 since 2007 i believe. So No we wont hear anything about Titan untill late 2013.
  1. Solomodex's Avatar
    i am dissapoint.
  1. Higg's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rawt View Post
    Also, this is a big indication of how their financials call is going to be next month.
    lol no it's not
  1. Masqerader's Avatar
    nothing to show is most likely the reason.
  1. Siberia's Avatar
    The funny part about the world championships is that player organized tournaments like NAO have been doing a WAY better job. Not to mention having announcers that actually know what's happening in the game, and a quality stream. Blizzard is such a joke now.
  1. Hobb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Higg View Post
    lol no it's not
    Sure it is, with a reported $25 mil profit lost to date out of 3 quarters reporting it doesn't bode well for the 4th quarter's earnings.
  1. Chyrch's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hobb View Post
    Sure it is, with a reported $25 mil profit lost to date out of 3 quarters reporting it doesn't bode well for the 4th quarter's earnings.

    It's not like Blizzcon is a free festival for all, you know. Between the tickets and the sales to watch it online, Blizzcon likely made money for Blizzard.
  1. Narfwak's Avatar
    They don't outsource the convention. The whole company does it and they do it by largely by themselves. That's a lot of time spent not developing video games every fall. I wouldn't be surprised if dragon soul ended up coming out a few weeks later because of the convention and the after-convention fatigue.
  1. Tinykong's Avatar
    That pretty much confirms it for me:MoP won't be out until end of 2012, Q1 2013. They can't have another Blizzcon with more MoP content.
  1. Stansfield's Avatar
    I just love reading all your expert opinions and how you know just about everything about blizzard! Makes me laugh everytime
  1. Lapetos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Stansfield View Post
    I just love reading all your expert opinions and how you know just about everything about blizzard! Makes me laugh everytime
    Aye just going through some of their replies. It's funny and all so pathetic XD
  1. Jaegor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lapetos View Post
    Aye just going through some of their replies. It's funny and all so pathetic XD
    haha idd :P People here are self proclaimed professors for economical behavior for the gaming industry. Everyone have an unique opinion and all of them are right in there minds. Thats awesome
  1. Luneward's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by wolftech View Post
    Actually, I am pretty sure that you will see the beta in February/Early March with a late June or July release. Its an expansion, not a new game like Diablo III or a total world revamp like Cataclysm, so there wont need be as much beta testing.
    We'll see. If they do perform a number crunch, it will probably take a fairly significant amount of testing to make sure everything in the old content is balanced correctly. That's on top of making sure no talent combination becomes overpowered, but that's honestly easier to tweak than messing with entire talent trees like they had to in the past.
  1. DoctorDoomkin's Avatar
    Well, at least they don't have to work around a con to get their stuff done. I say let them do that if it means more good content.
  1. dahorst's Avatar
    nothing to announce (nope, still no titan) and lots of pressure to get their planned games out this year
  1. Nag's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Stansfield View Post
    I just love reading all your expert opinions and how you know just about everything about blizzard! Makes me laugh everytime
    Hey man these peoples know whats goin on.. with the internetz and the googlez telling you nothing but the truth!!!

    TBH blizzcon = a band, a costume event and then 'asking' the company 'safe' questions that if they are any way serious or or worth are laughed at by the panel and your pushed along, or just thrown a random answer that doesn't answer what you asked,... or when they get to display the lack of knowledge of the game 'the fireland's raggy from 10/25 man are different color'... ORLY???

    I'm sure it might be mildly interesting for some people to meet up with guildies or whatever but not for the silly price of those tickets. No loss imo.
  1. Alceus's Avatar
    It's kinda good to take a one year gap....cuz what else can they announce/discuss that didn't happen last year?Also = more focus on expac.
  1. Deleo's Avatar
    I think they are afraid this time players actually attack them. Makes you wonder how bad post MoP expansion is? Giant cockroaches ?

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