Overwatch League matches in South Korea cancelled following continued coronavirus concerns

By Emily Gera, Monday, 24 February 2020 19:29 GMT

Blizzard is cancelling three weeks of Overwatch League matches in South Korea amid worries over the continued outbreak of the coronavirus.

The company made the announcement on Monday, confirming that matches in South Korea between February 29 and March 22 would be cancelled “in order to protect the health & safety of our players, fans, & staff.”

This news comes just days after Blizzard announced its plans to move matches originally intended to take place in Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hangzhou to South Korea. In late January, Blizzard cancelled five Overwatch League matches in China due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

The outbreak has already affected many events throughout the video game industry this year, including the cancellation of The Taipei Game Show, originally scheduled for February, as wel as disrupting manufacturing operations in China. The toll is predicted to hit Nintendo’s Switch supply as early as April.

Sony, too, decided to pull out of GDC this March citing concerns over the outbreak – the same reason it also decided to skip PAX East this month.

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