Last year's BlizzCon was rather "interesting," seeing the video game frolic somewhat tarnished with a vulgar tirade by
Nathan Explosion George "Corpsegrinder" Fischer, of "Cannibal Corpse" fame. While an apology was issued by Blizzard President Mike Morhaime, the incident definitely raised eyebrows - and as Wootini recently noted, there are issues that still need to be addressed with respect to the company's relationship with the GLBT community.
This year, rather than the usual array of gaming, cosplaying, and other such merriment, Blizzard has decided to take a different route. From Battle.net:
Blizzard Entertainment is proud to announce the 2012 Battle.net World Championship, a major global eSports event featuring some of the best pro-gaming competition in the world. Slated to take place in Asia toward the end of 2012, the Battle.net World Championship will host this year's StarCraft II and World of Warcraft Arena World Championship tournaments. Blizzard gamers and eSports fans from around the world will be invited to attend and witness some of the most skilled pro players on the planet battle it out for cash and glory.
We're excited to be showcasing Blizzard eSports on a truly global stage this year. We're also heavily focused on getting Diablo III, Mists of Pandaria, and Heart of the Swarm into players' hands as soon as possible. In light of our jam-packed schedule, we've decided to hold the next BlizzCon in 2013.
So there you go: While not wished into the cornfield for all eternity by some omnipotent child/executive, BlizzCon is off for 2012. Hopefully the company's vow of game development will dispel my long-held view that Diablo III is the digital equivalent of Sasquatch - many have seen "images," and heard tall tales of its existence - exponentially increasing the number of excited giggles across the country, but drastically reducing our collective free time.
I've never been terribly hot on "pro gaming," and while every now and again I had been known to get ripped on a bottle of cheap gin and enjoy the color commentary of "Major League Gamers" while hurling juvenile insults at my television (in the Midwest we call that "Tuesday afternoon"), but for the most part, it's simply not my thing. Still, for those who enjoy their frag-fests with a healthy dose of competition, be sure to check the BlizzCon site for future details!