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[Update]: Microsoft has acquired Activision Blizzard for nearly 69 billion dollars.

As many of you are likely aware, Blizzard is currently in major legal trouble due to a large amount of sexual harassment accusations. Combine that with some questionable additions from the World of Warcraft team, the numerous unfixed issues that still plague Warcraft 3: Reforged as well as Diablo 2 Resurrected's ongoing server troubles, and I think it's safe to say that Blizzard isn't enjoying much public support right now. With all of that in mind, it should come as little surprise to hear that their big annual BlizzCon convention has now been canceled.

"We’ve decided to take a step back and pause on planning the previously announced BlizzConline event scheduled for early next year," explains the brief announcement. "This was a tough decision for all of us to make, but it’s the right one."

"Any BlizzCon event takes every single one of us to make happen, an entire-company effort, fueled by our desire to share what we create with the community we care about so much. At this time, we feel the energy it would take to put on a show like this is best directed towards supporting our teams and progressing development of our games and experiences."

The one bit of good news is that even though BlizzCon won't be happening in February as previously stated, Blizzard's various development teams will still be releasing major announcements and updates throughout 2022. No details have been given just yet, but I'd imagine we'll be hearing more about World of Warcraft's next expansion, Overwatch 2's release date, Diablo 4's gameplay features, as well as some new Hearthstone additions over the coming months.

Once some of these big announcements go live I'll make sure to let you know. Until then, you can read the full announcement over at the Blizzard website.