Despite the fact that it was scheduled about six months from now, BlizzCon 2020 has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. What does this say about getting back to normal? What is really going on?
If Blizzard is making this decision six months out, could it be because they’re not getting the kind of fanfare they wanted due to the pandemic? Sure, we can always say it was for the betterment of fans; however, it could also be for the betterment of their pockets. I mean, who wants to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on an event that won’t pay for itself?
Since the beginning of this pandemic we’ve seen concerts, conventions and events like ComicCon, SXSW, Ultra Fest, The MET Gala, Essence Festival, NYC Pride March, Cannes Film Festival, Burning Man and many more cancel due to Covid 19. But lots of these events were going to take place by the middle of this year. BlizzCon on the other hand was scheduled for November 2nd, which is less than 6 months away. Furthermore, masks are becoming more readily available, which debunks the the 6 feet apart rule. Oktoberfest, which is held every year in Munich Germany was also cancelled back in April (5 months prior to event).
That said, are conventions and events like BlizzCon and Oktoberfest (which are taking place later this year) cancelling because they want to keep guests safe or because guests aren’t buying tickets due to fear of catching Covid 19? There is a difference, and knowing would go a long way in understanding whether the reasons are because of money, fear or both.