OverwatchLeague’s planned migration of teams to their respective cities for a stout season of dwelling and away games has hit yet another mountainous obstacle. After isolatedcancellations of occasions in ChinaandSouth Korea, the league has now pulled the roam on all live occasions around the area in March and April.
As with the China and South Korea “homestand” matches, Blizzard made its reasoning clear: COVID-19, aka “coronavirus,” remains an unknown quantity, and the company isn’t in the business of taking chances.
“We are continuing to intently monitor COVID-19 (coronavirus), metropolis-level recommendations and mandates, and all guidelines home forth by the Facilities for Disease Retract an eye on and Prevention,” OWLsaid on Twitter. “After careful review working in shut collaboration with our teams, we are canceling allOverwatchLeague occasions scheduled for March and April.”
The matches have been home to take place in places care for Florida, Toronto, San Francisco, Atlanta, London, Dallas, Washington, Boston, and Paris.
The league hopes to, in some way, shape, or obtain, “examine that all matches are played when it’s safe and logistically feasible, staying as shut to our originally planned time table as that you can think of.” It’s considering “various” alternatives at this point however did now not list them out. It’s value noting, on the opposite hand, that some esports occasions aremoving forward with out live audiences. Blizzard may possibly take that route, as nicely.
As of now, “no adjustments” are planned forOverwatchLeague occasions home to take place later this year, however even as China reportsover 50,000 recoveries—more than are at the second infected—the virushas countries care for Italy in a state of lockdown. Unusual cases, meanwhile, continue to pop up across the US amidsta woefully disorganized response, suggesting that it’s spreading rapidly here as nicely. Today, E3’s organizers announced that the video game convention, scheduled for June,is canceled. That in mind, things may possibly unruffled develop into more complicated for theOverwatchLeague earlier than they get easier.