We knew that this was coming, but really hoped it wouldn’t come to pass. One of the biggest annual gaming events, BlizzCon 2020, has been canceled. While this decision wasn’t a surprise, having in mind that almost every live event is being canceled, many fans were hoping to at least have an online show. We will get one, but a bit later than expected.

The news about the cancelation of BlizzCon 2020 was announced via the official BlizzCon website. A new post by Saralyn Smith, Executive Producer of BlizzCon broke the news with a letter to the community stating that the producers had to make a “very difficult decision to not have BlizzCon this year”.

The letter continues:

“We’re feeling deeply disappointed about this decision, and imagine many of you will feel the same. I truly love BlizzCon, and I know that’s a sentiment shared by everyone at Blizzard. We will sorely miss connecting with so many of you at the convention and “recharging our geek batteries” this fall.

But we will meet again!

We’re talking about how we might be able to channel the BlizzCon spirit and connect with you in some way online, far less impacted by the state of health and safety protocols for mass in-person gatherings. We’d want to do this as soon as we could, but given that this is new-ish territory and the different factors involved, it will most likely be sometime early next year. BlizzCon is also a stage for big esports events in Blizzard games each year, so we’re also looking into alternatives for supporting some of the high-level competition that would normally take place at the show.

We’ll tell you more about our plans as they develop—but in the meantime, we hope to see you exploring the Shadowlands, hanging out in the Tavern, pushing the payload (do it!), and wherever else in the Blizzard universes you may roam.”

So not all hope is lost if you’re a die-hard fan of Blizzard. An online show at the start of 2021 is still way better than nothing, considering the fact that the company noted having a lot more new games coming up. Currently, Blizzard is gearing up towards the release of Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, and World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. Many fans across the globe are waiting for some news about these projects as well as something new to get excited about and the online show might be a great way to fill that void.