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Blizzard’s Annual Fanfest Uncertain

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Video gaming company Blizzard Entertainment in Irvine said it’s “too early” to say whether the annual BlizzCon fanfest can take place later this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Last year’s BlizzCon on Nov. 1-2 drew tens of thousands of fans to the Anaheim Convention Center. The Anaheim city website said this year’s event had previously been “scheduled for late October and early November.”

“While we’re all hopeful things will look better later in the year, the bottom line is that at this point it’s too early to know whether BlizzCon 2020 will be feasible,” the company said on its website. “It might be a few months before we know for certain if or how we’ll proceed, but as soon as we have a meaningful update, we’ll share it.”

Shares in parent company Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) fell 1.1% to $60.42 a share for a market cap of $46.5 billion. Blizzard is Orange County’s largest software company by headcount, with an estimated 2,800 local employees.

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Kevin Costelloe
Kevin Costelloe
Tech reporter at Orange County Business Journal

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