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Blizzard announces digital BlizzCon for February 2021

Aims to "channel the spirit" of real-world event.

Blizzard will be holding a digital version of its BlizzCon showcase next February, following the cancellation of its 2020 event as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

A new post on the BlizzCon website confirms next year's digital event - which Blizzard has given the snappy title of BlizzConline - will run from 19th-20th February, and will aim to "channel the spirit of BlizzCon into the form of an online show".

To that end, Blizzard says it will be hosting a special Community Showcase as part of BlizzConline, encompassing a cosplay competition and exhibition, art contest, digital storytelling contest, talent spotlight and more, with submissions for each category now open.

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Beyond that, Blizzard has offered little in the way of specifics regarding next year's event, explaining it "still [has] a lot of planning to do, and it'll be some time before we're ready to share more details". It does, however, seem reasonable to assume we'll get a more thorough look at the previously announced, and highly anticipated Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2.

BlizzConline will mark the first official BlizzCon event since November 2019; Blizzard made the "very difficult decision" to cancel this year's iteration of its annual live show back in May, citing "health and safety considerations" relating to COVID-19.

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