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
Comments 312 Comments
  1. Kobomino's Avatar
    Looks like all cosplayers got extra year to finish their projects!
  1. Chickat's Avatar
    Does this mean that Blizzcon may be in jan-june of 2013?
  1. Dingolicious's Avatar
    Interesting move to not have a Blizzcon and instead hold a tournament for two of their titles (Which is normally a part of Blizzcon is it not?)

    Personally, I get the feeling they're doing this because they haven't got much significant stuff to announce and/or talk about. MoP will be out or nearly out, so there would only be little bits to talk about, HotS will probably be out, and D3 had better be out. What's left? Talking about another expansion in WoW, The last part of the SC2 trilogy and Titan. They probably wouldn't want to release anything about Titan just yet, it will be too early to talk about the next WoW expansion and stretching SC2 news over a couple of days just won't happen.

    Poised for some big announcements in 2013 though.
  1. Kuja's Avatar
    So MOP is getting delayed and they don't have enough content for 2012 Blizzcon. :l
  1. Collected's Avatar
    Is it possible that Blizzcon 2013 may be earlier in the year rather than the traditional autumn slot? They could still announce Titan and the next WoW Xpac that way?
  1. GrieverXIII's Avatar
    Makes sense, considering all of their current big projects are being released this year, they wouldn't had much to announce for either next wow xpack after MoP, SC2 xpack after HotS or D3 first xpack, and Titan is obviously not close enough for release (if we ever hear anything about this).
  1. Polpe's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kuja View Post
    So MOP is getting delayed and they don't have enough content for 2012 Blizzcon. :l
    I very much doubt they'd lack content for blizzcon lol, lets hope they spend the extra time gettin MoP and D3 out asap! Cause lets be honest if they don't release mop or a new content patch for wow, they're going to lose A LOT of subs.
  1. Mojo Risin's Avatar
    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?
  1. TheEaterofSouls's Avatar
    Ever think that blizzard doesnt need b lizzcon to release some of their titles. MoP, HotS, and D3 might get release before-hand.(D3 and MoP most definitly) They might even clarify this at some point. Still sad that there is no Blizzcon this year
  1. Ryme's Avatar
    Just generally means there's not much they either want to or have to show. Probably meaning most of the content they have for this year will be released by then and they don't want to put on a disappointing show like a couple of years ago.
  1. Pwntatoes's Avatar
    Bit of a let down, but hey, we get some eSports and they put more time into their current projects!
  1. wabun's Avatar
    "In light of our jam-packed schedule, we’ve decided to hold the next BlizzCon in 2013."sounds more like "dudes we suck atm and need half a year for some sloppy recolors which makes us lose about 10% of our WoW-income per year. also we have nothing to present so it would be kinda boring."
  1. Nerraw'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.
  1. crakerjack's Avatar
    And you guys continue to defend these punks
  1. Shrouded's Avatar
    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.
    Typical PR nonsense. That's obviously not the real reason.
  1. Zephh's Avatar
    the world is ending thats why omg runnnnnnnn
  1. crsh1976's Avatar
    I wonder what this means for D3, Blizzcon should typically be used to promote new products right? I guess that means D3 may not come out in 2012 after all (hey, it's only been 4 years since the announcement..)
  1. Margu's Avatar
    One more yeare to save money to get over to US again.
  1. Zephh's Avatar
    World is ending everybody hoard the toilet paper!!!!!!

  1. conscript's Avatar
    Well that is really surprising. I imagine they are going to use that event to preview all of their upcoming games and content like they do Blizzcon. Grats to the Asian players on getting their own convention. Thanks for ignoring the East Coast again Blizzard. This makes me think that MoP will be out prior to Blizzcon. It just seems weird that they wouldn't have their premier event in the States when there is a major game about to launch that they would have been previewing like crazy. Post-launch Blizzcon only features upcoming content patch information so they could still do that. More fuel to fire the Panda-ering to the Asian market folks sadly.

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