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BlizzCon 2021 Will Be Free To Watch Online In February


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After difficulties with organizing a BlizzCon for 2020, Blizzard is making BlizzCon 2021 - which it's calling BlizzConline - free for anyone to watch. With this year being generally one of the worst years for large conventions, Blizzard decided to push BlizzCon 2021 online and cancel BlizzCon 2020 earlier in the year..

BlizzCon is an event where fans of Blizzard's games like Overwatch and World of Warcraft come together to share their passion for video games. These events would typically be expensive, with tickets costing in the hundreds of dollars. BlizzCon attendees would also usually get special in-game cosmetics, watch reveals live, and take part in different exclusive events. However, with the current pandemic, the convention cannot be physically attended to due to constraints for social distancing and large groups of people. It would be impossible to set up an event of that size while maintaining everyone's safety and health.

Blizzard announced on its YouTube channel today that BlizzConline will be free to watch online on February 19 and 20 of next year. While a virtual convention is not nearly as exciting as actually being there, the free price and virtual aspect make it easily accessible to everyone around the world. There is a lot to be expected for this BlizzCon, with the video announcing the celebration of Blizzard's 30th anniversary during the event. With conventions like E3 and BlizzCon 2020 being canceled this year, it only gets people expecting more from BlizzCon 2021.
 
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Fans could expect reveals regarding Overwatch 2, as many people expected it to release in 2020. It is likely to receive some form of update or announcement on its release around that time, with the trailer being released a year ago and nothing on it since. The video also tells players to expect updates on Diablo Immortal, explaining that its internal playtesting was extremely successful. While the original announcement for Diablo Immortal did not receive that much love, with the game being primarily developed for mobile, the positive playtesting may leave players giving it a second chance. With BlizzCon 2021 being online, it is also uncertain if there will be any special events for players to participate in or ways to obtain unique cosmetics.

It is going to be difficult for Blizzard to live up to everyone's expectations. After this year's cancellations and the event being entirely online, it may not live up to the hype. Online conventions are far more constrained and with the event being entirely free, there isn't a budget being received in the form of people buying tickets. So even after giving Blizzard all this time to prepare the event, it seems nearly impossible for them to make it as exciting as previous the BlizzCons. However, while the event won't be perfect, it will still be an exciting time to watch reveals and call online friends to discuss anything that shows up.

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