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Overwatch League events in March and April cancelled by dev

Published: 23:19, 11 March 2020
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If you needed more proof just how serious the situation on the health front is, or are just a fan of Overwatch events, you should know that Activision Blizzard pulled the plug on all the events scheduled for March and April 2020.

You don't have to be a licensed physician to diagnose why, and in their statement, Activision Blizzard wrote, "We are continuing to closely monitor COVID-19 (coronavirus), city-level recommendations and mandates, and all guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

As a result, all the Overwatch League (OWL) events slated for March and April 2020 are officially cancelled. 

Needless to say, safety is the main concern here, so even though this is not what you'd call great news, it's the priority. The OWL team stressed that it's imperative all matches are played when "safe and logistically feasible", hoping not to stray too far from the earlier schedule. 

"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", the dev said in the statement.

By now you've heard that E3 has been cancelled as well, so when it comes to gaming, Coronavirus has already made a huge impact. 

In related news, E3 was meant to host news for the new Batman game, Harry Potter and a new Rocksteady Studios game, but that's clearly not happening now.

Microsoft will be doing something different this year, going for an all-digital presentation event, and it's expected many other companies will do something similar. 

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Overwatch events, however, will be scheduled in accordance with the current health situation. In other words, don't be surprised by any sudden changes. 

You can find the official statement here

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