BlizzCon 2021 is returning as BlizzConline

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BlizzCon is an annual fan-focused event that celebrates all things Blizzard Entertainment. It typically features exciting news and announcements for World of Warcraft, Diablo, Overwatch, other games in Blizzard’s catalog.

After the COVID-19 pandemic canceled last year’s event, BlizzCon will be returning this year — this week, in fact. BlizzCon 2021 is being redubbed “BlizzConline,” and it will exist as an all-virtual event.

While BlizzCon was typically held in November, BlizzConline (BlizzCon 2021) will take place this week, February 19-20. The event will kick off with the Opening Ceremony at 2:00 p.m. PST on Friday and after that, there will be an entire slew of streaming channels available to fans, including:

"…five channels dedicated to World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Diablo, Overwatch, and a Strategy games channel covering StarCraft, Warcraft III: Reforged, and Heroes of the Storm—plus the main Blizzard channel covering a mix of select panels from the other channels."

Whereas in the past, fans would have to purchase a Virtual Ticket to experience BlizzCon from home, BlizzConline will be completely free this year. While fans can still purchase a special pack filled with commemorative in-game goodies for the event, it’s not at all necessary to catch all the news and tune into all the different streams.

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As for what we can expect from this virtual experience, the Opening Ceremony will be the stream you don’t want to miss as this will feature a first look at some of the latest game content in development for Blizzard’s games. Nothing specific has been mentioned by Blizzard, but I suspect we’ll learn more about Diablo Immortal, possibly Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2, and whatever is in the works for World of Warcraft and Hearthstone.

Following the Opening Ceremony, fans can split off into their desired game channel and learn more about what’s coming to their favorite games. The schedule for Friday includes programming like “What’s Next” for Diablo and World of Warcraft, a behind the scenes for Overwatch 2, and more.

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The fun picks up again on Saturday, February 20 with nearly five more hours of streams. The day begins at 12:00 p.m. PST with programming scheduled through 4:30 p.m. PST. These streams will include Q&A sessions, global community spotlights, cosplay showcases, and more.

If you aren’t able to tune into these streams live, they will be archived and available to watch for free after they premiere. Check out the full schedule for BlizzCon 2021 (aka BlizzConline) here.