Unfortunately, the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak has put kibosh on nearly all face-to-face gaming events, including BlizzCon, the annual weekend celebration associated with Blizzard. The studio said he tried to put together an online backup when he pulled the plug and confirmed in September that the oddly named BlizzConline will run on February 19-20, 2021.
In the past, BlizzCon was a payout event. Opening ceremonies are free to watch, but full online access to panels, e-sports events, and the like requires a “virtual ticket” previously sold for $ 40 each. But 2020 has been a different year, and so this BlizzCon event (which will take place in 2021, but replaces the 2020 show) will also be different.
Blizzard chairman J. Allen Brack stated that while not a physical show, they are looking forward to BlizzConline and since they want it to be a big virtual celebration, BlizzConline will be free to watch and join.
Despite the challenges of the pandemic, BlizzConline promises to be a pretty big deal with events like a cosplay show and contest, art and storytelling contests. Blizzard confirmed via email that the event will be completely free.