Following the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, several esports organizers have decided to move anticipated tournaments to other locations or to delay it until further notice for health and safety reasons. On Saturday, Blizzard Entertainment released a statement regarding the change of venue of Overwatch League to Korea.
This weekend marks the date the Overwatch League was set to debut in China. We promised real time updates on rescheduling matches, and today we have more information for our #OWL2020 fans 🧡
Latest update here https://t.co/DAxdrV80rC
— Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) February 14, 2020
Supposedly set in parts of China, Blizzard made the decision to protect the health and safety of our fans, players, and staff.
“Overwatch League matches at homestand events in Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hangzhou—in February and March—had been cancelled. Today, we’re announcing that those makeup matches are going to be played in Seoul, South Korea,” Blizzard said in a press release.
With this announcement, matches will now be played over multiple days in Weeks 6 and 7 at a studio in Seoul. While a few of the makeup matches might be added to the Seoul Dynasty homestand in Week 5. But as for the matches far from the affected area like Washington (Week 5), Florida (Week 6), and Atlanta (Week 7), schedule will remain the same.
We will reveal specific match dates and times soon. All matches will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel.
WESG APAC CS:GO Finals canceled
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Meanwhile, the World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) also decided to postpone the Asia-Pacific CS:GO after receiving news of a confirmed Wuhan case in Macau, where the event was supposed to be held from Feb. 16 until Feb. 18.
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