Oh God, Blizzcon is almost here

Oh God, Blizzcon is almost here

When I was a kid, working at Blizzard was my dream. I have played Blizzard games since Warcraft: Orcs and Humans and I was in love from that point on.

Nowadays however, I’d rather stay right here in this single-wide trailer and break my back for $29,000 a year than sale my soul and go work for these greedy motherfuckers. We all knew what was happening last year when they announced Diablo: Immortal at Blizzcon, a fucking MOBILE game that nobody asked for yet everybody knows will be lousy with microtransactions. This year hit a new low note for Blizzard though when they even got the attention of congress by penalizing Hearthstone pro player Blitzchung for being vocal about his support for the Hong Kong protest on stream. Even though tournament rules do vaguely touch on what Blitzchung did, everybody immediately knew the bottom line here was Blizzards financial relationship to China. While this newest controversy is still fresh on everyone’s mind, Blizzard is gearing up for Blizzcon 2019. There are supposedly still protests planned and much of the community is still rightfully pissed and I do believe that if Diablo IV isn’t properly announced this year, the whole goddamn place may go up into flames.

Blizzard holds my favorite franchises in the world so I really hope that something happens soon and they can turn things around, but with the greed that has inserted itself into our gaming industry I find it unlikely. Blizzard had this to say:

Everyone at Blizzard has been working very hard in the lead-up to BlizzCon. We appreciate all of the interest in learning about our potential plans for the show—we know we’re fortunate that people care enough about our games to actively seek out the latest details—and we’re all very much looking forward to seeing everyone and sharing our latest news.

BlizzCon has always been a place where we celebrate the passion and diversity of the Blizzard community, where we encourage and support the many creative and thoughtful ways attendees share and reflect their views and interests—and this year will be no different. We welcome open, constructive, and civil discussion of different perspectives at the show, and we do still plan to have fan Q&A at certain panels as we normally do.

The safety and security of our attendees is and has always been a top priority, and every year we iterate with new measures to bring our event even more up-to-date while doing everything we can to create a comfortable environment for everyone.

Everyone at Blizzard has been working very hard in the lead-up to BlizzCon. We appreciate all of the interest in learning about our potential plans for the show—we know we’re fortunate that people care enough about our games to actively seek out the latest details—and we’re all very much looking forward to seeing everyone and sharing our latest news.

Justin Reeves

I've been gaming for 30 years and even attended Full Sail University's Game Design program, and still work on indie projects but now I'm a husband and father and spend most of my free time as a content creator.

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