It’s been a number of years since Blizzard has hosted an in-person model of BlizzCon, its fan conference, however it feels like that’s going to alter in 2023. The corporate, identified for enormous franchises like World of Warcraft and Diablo, is “dedicated to bringing again BlizzCon in 2023,” Blizzard boss Mike Ybarra instructed the Los Angeles Occasions.

“We beforehand introduced we’re taking a pause on BlizzCon whereas we reimagine it for the longer term however do wish to return to a stay occasion that permits us to have fun the neighborhood,” Ybarra mentioned. “We lately employed a brand new chief of BlizzCon, April McKee, who is difficult at work on that plan. … We’re dedicated to bringing again BlizzCon in 2023.”

It’s not clear when the occasion may occur, and Activision Blizzard didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. The corporate final hosted an in-person BlizzCon in November 2019, however the 2020 and 2021 iterations had been canceled as a result of COVID-19. Whereas it did host a digital “BlizzConline” occasion in 2021, the deliberate 2022 model of that occasion was placed on pause after allegations about firm’s poisonous work tradition got here to mild final yr.

BlizzCon isn’t the one huge gaming occasion set to return subsequent yr. E3 didn’t occur in any respect this June, however the Leisure Software program Affiliation is planning to deliver it again as a bodily and digital occasion in 2023. Geoff Keighley’s Summer time Sport Fest can be returning with a digital and in-person occasion as properly, organising a potential conflict of summer time gaming conferences.

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