Blizzard’s fan gathering, BlizzCon, hasn’t been physically held in person in a while, but it appears things may change in 2023. According to Blizzard CEO Mike Ybarra, the business, known for massive franchises like World of Warcraft and Diablo, is “dedicated to bringing back BlizzCon in 2023.”
BlizzCon will be put on hold while its future is reimagined, but Ybarra said the company does want to return to live events that allow it to honor the community. “April McKee, a new BlizzCon leader we recently hired, is working diligently on that strategy. We are determined to host BlizzCon again in 2023.
The event’s potential timing is unknown, and when contacted for comment, Activision Blizzard referred to what Ybarra told the Los Angeles Times. BlizzCon was last physically held by the corporation in November 2019, and owing to COVID-19, the 2020 and 2021 editions were postponed. Although it did organize a virtual “BlizzConline” event in 2021, the event’s scheduled 2022 iteration was postponed amid revelations about the company’s allegedly hostile workplace culture last year.
There are other significant gaming events coming back in 2019 besides BlizzCon. The Entertainment Software Association intends to revive E3 as a physical and digital event in 2023, despite the fact that it didn’t take place at all in June. With the return of Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest and the addition of a digital and physical event, there may be competition among summer gaming conferences.