Blizzard has announced that its annual fan convention, BlizzCon, will not be happening in 2012.

The news came during a post about a completely separate event, the 2012 World Championship. It was in writing about that event that Blizzard quickly noted the decision to scrap BlizzCon 2012:

We’re excited to be showcasing Blizzard eSports on a truly global stage this year. We’re also heavily focused on getting Diablo IIIMists of Pandaria, and Heart of the Swarm into players’ hands as soon as possibleIn light of our jam-packed schedule, we’ve decided to hold the next BlizzCon in 2013.

BlizzCon is a beloved event for diehard fans. With the addition of World of Warcraft to the company’s catalogue so many years ago, BlizzCon has become a place for fans to meet, mingle and share excitement for their favorite company’s work.

Conventions take a lot of work, money, time and focus to properly execute from start to finish. While it may be a major bummer that fans won’t be able to attend this year’s now-non-show, Blizzard is probably doing what’s best for their franchises and their community.

This year’s games and next year’s show will be better because of this decision. It stinks, but remind yourselves of that fact.

Plus, this gives you a full year to keep working on your amazing (nerdy) cosplay.