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How To Watch BlizzCon 2023: Start Time And What To Expect

Blizzard's annual fan convention is back in a big way for 2023.


The start of BlizzCon 2023 is just minutes away. BlizzCon is back this year as an in-person event for the first time since 2019, and fans can expect plenty of major announcements related to what's next for World of Warcraft, Diablo IV, Overwatch 2, and more. The show's opening ceremony is where all the big news will happen, but throughout November 3 and 4 there will be additional deep-dive panels going into more detail about the future of Blizzard's iconic franchises. For the full BlizzCon 2023 schedule, as well as what kind of announcements to expect, check out the details below. [Update: The opening ceremony is over, but it brought news on WoW's next expansions, Diablo 4's first expansion and an upcoming event, a new Hearthstone co-op mode, and Overwatch 2's next hero, who leaked earlier in the day.]

BlizzCon 2023 Opening Ceremony Start Time

BlizzCon's opening ceremony is where fans can expect to get all the biggest announcements. Below is when the opening ceremony will kick off in various timezones on November 3:

Opening Ceremony Start Times

  • 11 AM PT
  • 1 PM CT
  • 2 PM ET
  • 7 PM BST
  • 8 PM CET

The full BlizzCon 2023 schedule is below. All times are listed in PT.

November 3

  • 11AM – Opening Ceremony
  • 1:30PM – World of Warcraft: What’s Next
  • 2:30PM – Overwatch 2: Deep Dive
  • 3:30PM – World of Warcraft Classic: What’s Next
  • 4:30PM – Hearthstone: What’s Next
  • 5:30PM – Warcraft Rumblings

November 4

  • 12PM – World of Warcraft: Deep Dive
  • 1:30PM – Overwatch 2: What’s Next
  • 2:30PM – Diablo IV Campfire Chat
  • 4:45PM – Community Night
  • 6:15PM – LE SSERAFIM Appearance

How To Watch BlizzCon 2023

BlizzCon 2023 will be livestreamed for free on Blizzard's YouTube and Twitch channels. Blizzard is also inviting the community to co-stream the show.

Announcements To Expect At BlizzCon 2023

World of Warcraft is always a major presence at BlizzCon, and Blizzard president Mike Ybarra has already stated that out of all of Blizzard's franchises, Warcraft will have the most news at the show. Blizzard veteran Chris Metzen recently returned to the studio full-time and will be at the show to pump up the crowd to boot. We can almost certainly expect a new expansion announcement for the modern version of World of Warcraft. For players who enjoy the Classic version of Blizzard's longrunning MMORPG, Blizzard has already confirmed that a new season of WoW Classic is in the works. BlizzCon would be a natural time to announce what exactly that new season will entail. There's also speculation that WoW Wrath of the Lich King Classic could move on to the game's Cataclysm expansion.

Diablo IV quickly became Blizzard's fastest-selling game ever when it released earlier this year, so it's likely a large part of BlizzCon's opening ceremony will be dedicated to what's next for the ARPG. Diablo franchise general manager Rod Fergusson has already confirmed that the plan is for Diablo IV to receive annual expansions, and BlizzCon certainly sounds like the perfect time to announce such a major addition. There will likely also be details about Diablo IV Season 3 and various quality-of-life improvements the team is looking to add to the game in the near future.

For Overwatch 2, it has been confirmed that Blizzard will be revealing the game's next tank hero at the show. While Overwatch, Diablo, and WoW are the three biggest games at the show, expect news about Blizzard's card game Hearthstone and its new mobile game, Warcraft Rumble, as well. Warcraft Rumble will actually launch worldwide as BlizzCon 2023 starts.

It's worth noting that Blizzard is now officially owned by Microsoft. Will there be some kind of announcement at the opening ceremony regarding Xbox's plans for Blizzard games to appear on Game Pass or perks for Xbox players? That's currently unclear, but it might not be off the table. Regardless, there are certain to be surprises, so fans will no doubt want to tune in to watch the show as it unfolds.

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