The last in-person BlizzCon was in 2019, then, due to the spread of COVID-19, another Blizzcon hasn't been held for almost 3 years. Well, at least in-person since there was BlizzConline in February of 2021. While many fans were hoping 2022 would be the year to be reunited with their friends at BlizzCon, again the convention was canceled.
However, Mike Ybarra–President of Blizzard Entertainment–recently told the LA Times in an interview that he was determined to relaunch BlizzCon. “We recently hired a new leader of BlizzCon, April McKee, who is hard at work on that plan...we are committed to bringing back BlizzCon in 2023.”
Let’s hope a new strand of COVID-19 doesn’t emerge or anything else that could potentially stop BlizzCon 2023 from happening.
Counter to this news, A Better ABK took to Twitter to announce another planned employee walkout in protest of ABK's heathcare and protection policies in light of the recent Roe v Wade overturning. The walkout is currently planned for July 21st and hopes to sway Activision Blizzard leadership to install "protections of ABK employees from external threats like the recent overturn of Roe V. Wade, and internal threats such as retaliation and harassment while in the workplace."
In light of the recent attacks on the civil liberties of our employees, the employee-led Committee Against Sex and Gender Discrimination has scheduled a walk out action on July 21st, 2022 (1/17)
— ABetterABK 💙 ABK Workers Alliance (@ABetterABK) July 6, 2022
Note: Activision Blizzard is still under investigation by the state of California for serious harassment charges. CEO Bobby Kotick is alleged to have known about such actions within his company – and performed some himself – and shielded the perpetrators from consequences.
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