This year’s QuakeCon event will once again be held online. No specific reason has been given though it’s not a stretch that the “uncertainty” mentioned in the official statement is a reference to the ongoing global pandemic.
“This year's QuakeCon will once again be a digital-only event, August 18-20, 2022,” the statement reads. “Like you, we're disappointed to not return to Dallas this year. 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 executing an in-person QuakeCon.
“The QuakeCon team is already working hard to put together exciting new streaming programming, online meetups, giveaways, charity opportunities, the virtual BYOC, and more, and we will announce more details in June.”
While this will likely be a disappointment to many long-time QuakeCon attendees, Bethesda does state that they’re aiming for next year’s event to be a return to offline, in-person QuakeCons.
“We're committed to returning with our full in-person festival in 2023, and already looking forward to reconnecting with friends, a massive BYOC packed with your latest custom PC creations, our crazy contests, and tons of great new games and hardware for attendees to try out. We can't wait to see you online this August and in-person next year.”
Many popular gaming and tech events have resorted to online events over the past few years due to the pandemic though more and more are now beginning to return to return to normal due to vaccination numbers rising and case numbers decreasing.
PAX Australia, which had online-only events in 2020 and 2021, is one such gaming event that will be returning to the real-world this year.