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BlizzCon 2012 cancelled by Blizzard

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BlizzCon 2012 has been cancelled due to a "jam-packed" development schedule by World of Warcraft publisher Blizzard.

In a statement announcing this year's Battle.net event, it was revealed that BlizzCon, which usually takes place towards the end of each year, has been pushed back until 2013.

"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," the firm said.

"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.

"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."

BlizzCon hosts tournaments and developer panels for Blizzard franchises Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo.

At last year's event, Blizzard confirmed that Diablo III will be free to users who sign up for the new World of Warcraft annual pass, a yearly subscription to the popular MMO.

World of Warcraft's next expansion pack, Mists of Pandaria, was also unveiled at BlizzCon. The add-on will introduce the Pandaren race, Monk class and the continent of Pandaria.

Watch the preview trailer for World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria below:

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