On March 18, organizers for the Evolution Championship Series tournament announced that the massive eSports event was still on track for this summer. Scheduled for July 31 to August 2nd, the live event would’ve featured tournaments for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, and more. While the event was still on track, the official EVO Twitter noted they were still assessing the COVID-19 situation and monitoring updates from public health agencies. Unfortunately, like many have predicted, the team behind Evo 2020 had ultimately announced the event’s cancellation on Twitter today due to the worsening coronavirus pandemic.
Evo 2020 goes online
As COVID-19 is unlikely to be contained by then, it is a sad decision, but it is ultimately for the best. Going through with the event would’ve ultimately endangered the health of attendees, competitors, and staff alike. As a result of the cancellation, refunds are rolling out for all ticket purchases.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom! Like other live events initially scheduled for this year, the team behind the annual event is working on bringing Evo online. More information on this online alternative will reveal itself in due time. I’m curious to see how they’ll manage as fighting games live and die on inputs, frame data, and lag; if competitors will duke it out online after all, we can only hope they’ve got perfect internet.
Are you looking forward to Evo 2020? How do you think the event will shape up online? Which tournament in particular will you be watching? Let us know in the comments.