QuakeCon will remain online only for another year

After a few years of online events because of the Covid-19 pandemic, some great showcases in the sector, such as GDC and PAX, returned to face-to-face meetings in 2022. QuakeCon will not be one of them, however. Bethesda today announced that QuakeCon 2022 will be a digital exclusive when it arrives in August.

“Like you, we are disappointed not to return to Dallas this year,” Bethesda said. I wrote. “An event of this size requires months of planning, and in this case, we had to make decisions when there was still too much uncertainty to commit to successfully running an in-person QuakeCon.”

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Bethesda is still drawing up plans for the show, which will include streaming, sweepstakes, charity opportunities, online dating and “virtual BYOC.” BYOC, for those unfamiliar, is Bring Your Own Computer—basically an opportunity to join North America’s biggest LAN party (and show your gear while you’re at it.). Of course, you can’t bring your own computer into virtual BYOC, but as Rich noted last year it’s such a great QuakeCon tradition that it can’t be cut completely.

The decision to remain exclusive online is no doubt disappointing for fans eager to return to a face-to-face encounter, but it’s also understandable. The pandemic continues –Johns Hopkins reported 561 new deaths on April 12, down from the record 4,431 daily deaths of January 20, 2021, but still a lot — and if the situation continues to spiral, Bethesda could end up stuck for a lot of lost time and money if new measures are taken. public health are imposed or people decide that attending a large in-person event is simply not worth the risk.

Details for QuakeCon 2022, which will take place August 18-20, will be announced in June. Bethesda also said that it is committed to bringing QuakeCon back as a “full personal festival” in 2023.

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