BlizzCon Benched in 2012, Will Return to Action in 2013

Paul Lilly

We have some bad news to relay to raucous gamers who were looking forward to running wild at BlizzCon this year. Blizzard Entertainment today announced there will be no BlizzCon 2012 because it's so "heavily focused on getting Diablo III, Mists of Pandaria, and Heart of the Swarm into players' hands as soon as possible." BlizzCon will, however, return in 2013.

The cancellation of BlizzCon was really just a footnote to Blizzard's announcement of the 2012 Battle.net World Championship. It's slated to take place in Asia toward the end of 2012 and will host this year's StarCarft II and World of Warcraft Arena World Championship tournaments, Blizzard said in a blog post on Battle.net. Specific dates and locations will be revealed in the coming months.

While fans of BlizzCon will understandably be bummed about the no-show in 2012, if it means Diablo III will finally see the light of day, then perhaps it's well worth it. It's fair to say Diablo III is one of the more anticipated titles of 2012, which will ship when Blizzard is good and ready.

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