Overwatch League owner Blizzard Home entertainment will cancel 3 more weeks of matches in the middle of the coronavirusoutbreak Matches in South Korea arranged in between Feb. 29 and March 22 have actually been canceled “in order to secure the health & safety of our players, fans, & personnel,” the company tweeted on Monday.
Earlier in February, Blizzard rescheduled a number of matches— initially arranged throughout China, however canceled in January– to be played in a South Korean studio. These matches, in addition to the Seoul Dynasty homestand event from March 7-8 at the Dongdaemun Style Plaza, have actually been stopped. Blizzard stated it will share details about “when and where” matches will be held at a later date.
In order to secure the health & safety of our players, fans, & personnel, we are canceling strategies to host #OWL2020 matches in South Korea in Weeks 5, 6, and 7, consisting of the @SeoulDynasty homeevent When and where matches will take location at a later on,
We’ll share more information about.
— Overwatch League (@overwatchleague)February 24, 2020
COVID-19, likewise referred to as the book coronavirus, started to spread out in China late in 2015. Most of cases stay in China’s Hubei province, however cases have actually appeared worldwide. There are now more than 79,000 cases in “a minimum of 29 countries,”according to data from John Hopkins University South Korea has actually seen a boost in cases, now with 833, according to Vox— “the most cases outside of China,” it reported on Monday.
Issues over the spread of COVID-19 have actually affected the video game market, both esports and somewhere else. Several esports occasions have actually been canceled following the outbreak in China. Recently, Sony revealed it would take out of the PAX East gaming convention in Boston; later on, Sony, Oculus, and Facebook Gaming revealed their withdrawal from this year’s Game Developers Conference. Kojima Productions revealed Monday it’s cancelling its GDC strategies, too.