This year marks the second time since 2005 that Blizzcon will not be taking place in the Anaheim Convention Center. In fact, it will not be taking place at all, at least in the traditional sense.
However, unlike in 2006, there will be a massive Blizzard event taking place in 2012- the first ever Battle.net World Championship eSport event:
“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.”
Like many of you, I’m rather sad that there won’t be a Blizzcon to attend this year but it is encouraging that despite canceling the intensive convention they will still be supporting the eSport community.