COVID-19: Cancelled Culture



  • JavenJaven Registered User regular
    Blizzcon cancelled; potential online event in early 2021
    Hello Blizzard community,

    Several weeks ago, I shared an update about our uncertainty around holding BlizzCon this year. Since then, a lot has changed . . . and a lot also hasn’t changed. During this time, we’ve had many discussions about what holding a convention could look like in light of all the health and safety considerations we’d want to make. We’ve also talked about different paths we could take, and how each one could be complicated by fluctuations in national and local health guidelines in the months ahead. Ultimately, after considering our options, we’ve come to the very difficult decision to not have BlizzCon this year.

    We’re feeling deeply disappointed about this decision, and imagine many of you will feel the same. I truly love BlizzCon, and I know that’s a sentiment shared by everyone at Blizzard. We will sorely miss connecting with so many of you at the convention and “recharging our geek batteries” this fall.

    But we will meet again!

    We’re talking about how we might be able to channel the BlizzCon spirit and connect with you in some way online, far less impacted by the state of health and safety protocols for mass in-person gatherings. We’d want to do this as soon as we could, but given that this is new-ish territory and the different factors involved, it will most likely be sometime early next year. BlizzCon is also a stage for big esports events in Blizzard games each year, so we’re also looking into alternatives for supporting some of the high-level competition that would normally take place at the show.

    We’ll tell you more about our plans as they develop—but in the meantime, we hope to see you exploring the Shadowlands, hanging out in the Tavern, pushing the payload (do it!), and wherever else in the Blizzard universes you may roam.

    Stay safe and stay well,

    Saralyn Smith
    Whirlwind Barbarian, Executive Producer of BlizzCon

  • StericaSterica Yes Registered User, Moderator mod
    Dang, that has to be one of the first fall events cancelled, right?

  • PolaritiePolaritie Sleepy Registered User regular
    Sterica wrote: »
    Dang, that has to be one of the first fall events cancelled, right?

    Gaming-related, anyways. I know at least one bigger event that cancelled last week.

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  • KetarKetar Come on upstairs we're having a partyRegistered User regular
    Polaritie wrote: »
    Sterica wrote: »
    Dang, that has to be one of the first fall events cancelled, right?

    Gaming-related, anyways. I know at least one bigger event that cancelled last week.

    Yeah, we had tickets to take the kids to the Frozen musical in Chicago in late November, and they emailed me last week to let me know it was being postponed until late January. The same weekend as PAX South, which I go to every year.

  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    The North American FFXIV Fanfest which was scheduled for November is canceled:

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  • jungleroomxjungleroomx antifa anti american nazi socialist terrorist fascist alien warmonger Registered User regular
    edited June 12
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  • agoajagoaj Top Tier One FearRegistered User regular
    Pax West has turned into Pax Online

  • urahonkyurahonky Dayton, OHRegistered User regular
    agoaj wrote: »
    Pax West has turned into Pax Online
    So when do badges go on sale?

    They don’t! PAX Online will be free and open to the public. If you can access the internet, you can go to PAX Online.

    That... Is very cool of them!

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  • ErlkönigErlkönig Registered User regular
    And the once delayed Emerald City Comi-Con has now been officially cancelled this year.

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  • cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    edited June 16
    My group of PAX friends have been waiting for the shoe to drop for a while now. Canceling/shifting to digital was the right/only move.

    Edit: we had all already decided not to go, we were just watching from afar as to how they'd handle it.

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  • MightyMighty Omeganaut '15 '16 '17 NebraskaRegistered User regular
    I was looking forward to going before the pandemic kicked off, but they're handling it exactly like I thought they would. I really didn't want to miss on two years in a row of going to PAX, but maybe next year the community will be able to meet up once more.

  • ThegreatcowThegreatcow Lord of All Bacons Washington State - It's Wet up here innit? Registered User regular
    Rooster Teeth Expo finally declares cancellation and said they'll do a stripped down online event instead.

  • StericaSterica Yes Registered User, Moderator mod
    I...didn’t think I’d be making an update for non-covid reasons, but EVO Online has been cancelled due to what can only be described as an unfathomable number of sexual predators being outed in the fgc, including the head of EVO itself.

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  • antheremantherem Registered User regular
    Dragon Con tried their best but had to call it, but are offering badge rollovers and (most) hotel rollovers to next year.

    I think the only majors still left standing at this point are NYCC and PAXU.

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