The Overwatch League recently released a full statement on its observation of the Corona Virus. They concluded with cancelling all events for two months.
Their full statement reads as follows:
“The health and safety of employees, fans, players, teams, and partners is paramount to Activision Blizzard Esports.
We are continuing to closely monitor COVID-19 (Corona virus), city-level recommendations and mandates, and all guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
After careful review and working in close collaboration with our teams, we have cancelled all Overwatch League events scheduled for March and April.
For more details on these specific events, please visit host team websites and follow their social channels.
Concurrently, we are working hand-in-hand with our teams to see that all matches play only when it’s safe and logistically feasible, staying as close to our originally planned schedule as possible. We are considering the various options available to esports in this effort, so that all teams – including those previously impacted by scheduling changes in China – can get back to doing what they do best.
To conclude, no adjustments have been made for any other scheduled Overwatch League events. We will, in addition, share additional updates, as needed.”
The Corona virus has now become a pandemic and has affected many global esports events. E3 2020 organizers have also cancelled the event due to these as the risks are too much of mass infection. E3′ cancellation information you can check on our E3 cancellation article. Health concerns are affecting all parts of societies and will be this way till the disease is controlled.
WHO have previously released information on the case numbers which have surprisingly increased in USA. Reaching 1000 cases there alone, the risks are too dangerous to take. Time shall tell what happens for future events later this year.
For more information on Overwatch, visit Blizzard’s Official Website.