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. Mnementh's Avatar
    Darn, I really enjoyed going to Blizzcon for the first time last year. Though I suppose it makes sense. If D3 is expected to be out soon™, MOP is already in the works and SCII is already out with HotS coming in they have a huge amount of work to do and realistically not a lot of extras to announce. Most things to announce would be adjustments, balance fixes etc... which realistically don't warrant spending huge amounts of money to host an event over for both Blizzard and the fans. I know I'd rather wait for a more wholesome Blizzcon full of events and good announcements than go this year and be disappointed especially when it costs roughly $500-600.00 for flights from here + hotels.
  1. TimeTravel's Avatar
    Don't really care about MoP but if D3 and SC2 xpac being released this year they can skip blizzcon
  1. Rawt's Avatar
    I really am not surprised. Also, this is a big indication of how their financials call is going to be next month.
  1. Satan's Avatar
    Pro- Cool, their resources will go into the games instead of these things.Con- I like watching the cosplay winners in youtube
  1. Mnementh's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Heck View Post
    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.
    It is about the fans and for the games but would you really want to spend a bunch of money to go to an event and be disappointed because there's nothing really new to announce? Maybe it's not so expensive for some people who can drive it but having to fly in from Canada wasn't cheap.
  1. Mithrildar's Avatar
    Was fun watching the MoP announcement on a livestream, but oh well in the end I only care about WoW.
  1. capitano666's Avatar
    Meh when is gonna be the next WorldWide Invitational in Europe? >.
  1. Ascius's Avatar
    I think this only means that D3 and MoP will come out before October. So this would leave only HoTS to announce and we don't want another Blizzcon 2010, don't we?
  1. QuinnyBoy's Avatar
    Hoorai!!!! God thanks, finally they set their priorities in the right order.
  1. iindigo's Avatar
    Pretty sure this means to a June/July release for MoP… basically, MoP will already be out and in its first patch by the time Blizzcon would have hit, leaving little for Blizzard to talk about.
  1. Daswolfen's Avatar
    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.
    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. And they probably either have a very small Friends and Family alpha or just an internal one going on right now. Look at how much was already shown at Blizzcon last year.
  1. Deadanon's Avatar
    Blizzard have used BLizzcon to PR their games without delivering half of what they say. Im not surprised they are not doing it this year... since ppl have pretty much realised this now.
  1. Kazlehoff's Avatar
    No blizzcon because blizz knows wow is a sinking ship. play on band, play on. GW2 and Diablo 3 cant come soon enough.
  1. Memorable's Avatar
    2013: Announce of Titan
  1. Tarfu's Avatar
    horrible news! my life is over... only thing I am loooking forward to in life.
  1. Shadowmeld's Avatar
    I hope this is not a sign as to where blizzard plans to pick up lost subscribers =( Either way, looking forward to them making up no blizzcon with some major game titles this year!!!! =D
  1. Frozenbeef's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kazlehoff View Post
    No blizzcon because blizz knows wow is a sinking ship. play on band, play on. GW2 and Diablo 3 cant come soon enough.
    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
  1. Smurflord's Avatar
    2011 - The year about talking about product coming up
    2012 - The year of delivering product

    I'd happily skip a Blizzcon for that.
  1. Willhelm's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kazlehoff View Post
    No blizzcon because blizz knows wow is a sinking ship. play on band, play on. GW2 and Diablo 3 cant come soon enough.
    When people say stuff like this is just blows my mind at how little they know about the MMO industry. How is WoW a sinking ship when it still has more subscribers than any other MMO on the market? Even if they lose another 8 million players this year they still won't be a sunken ship. Do you know how many MMOs out there have less than 1 million active players? Even the original everquest is still putting out expansions.
  1. Marooned's Avatar
    Good no more "What is geek" shit blizcon lol

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