BlizzCon has been a highlight on the shows calendar for the past few years if youâ€™re a fan of Blizzard games, but this year it isnâ€™t going ahead. Blizzard have taken the decision to replace it in 2012 with an altogether different kind of gamer gathering.
2012 will see the introduction of the Battle.net World Championships, which Blizzard hopes will bring together some of the best pro-gamers. Before you decide you can do without BlizzCon as long as you can attend the World Championships, think again. They arenâ€™t being held in the U.S., so unless youâ€™re willing to jump on a plane and fly to Asia, youâ€™ll have to hope Blizzard streams the event.
BlizzCon has been running since 2005, and with the exception of 2006 has been an annual event for gamers. The decision to replace it this year will surely be met with both anger and annoyance, but it can be tempered by the fact Blizzard have promised a BlizzCon 2013 will happen.
The explanation for not running the show this year isnâ€™t just because of the World Championships. Blizzard have simply said they are so busy trying to get Diablo III, the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria expansion, and the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm sequel/expansion out the door, they just didnâ€™t have time to fit it in. I doubt many will complain about that if it means getting games and content faster.
As for when the Battle.net World Championships will occur and where, we will be told in the coming months as they wonâ€™t actually start until near the end of 2012. BlizzCon 2013 is most likely going to happen sometime between August and October next year.