Brace yourselves, gamers: There will be no BlizzCon in 2012. The official statement was tucked into an announcement that Blizzard is ramping up to host a global eSports event in Asia before the end of the year.
According to the statement, BlizzCon has been pushed back to 2013 "in light of [Blizzard's] jam-packed schedule", as the company focuses on finishing development on Diablo III, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm and World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. We can't really complain about their priorities, but it's disappointing that it comes at the expense of one of the best gaming conventions of the calendar.
However! There is still a light at the end of the 2012 tunnel, with that eSports event twinkling away. It's the official 2012 Battle.net World Championship.
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.
So - cash in those tickets to Anaheim, you won't be needing them this year. Instead, stick around for more details on the 2012 Battle.net World Championship (including the all important dates and locations), and - somewhere down the track - information about BlizzCon 2013, which now seems forever away.
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