“The health and well-being of our community is our highest priority” as per the organizer.
Prestigious fighting game tournament Evo 2020 has been canceled. Much like other events canceled earlier this year, the organizers have cited the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic as the main culprit. To “keep the Evo spirit alive”, there will be online event taking place instead. Refunds will be issued for tickets purchased.
While the safety and health of participants is important, it remains to be seen whether an online event will be a good replacement. Several of the titles selected for this year’s Evo including Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Samurai Shodown have notoriously poor netcode. Other titles like Street Fighter 5 Champion Edition, Soulcalibur 6 and Tekken 7 are somewhat better though this still won’t replace the experience of playing on-site.
We’ll have to wait and see how things pan out regardless. Evo 2020 joins the likes of E3 2020 and SXSW 2020 which have been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. Others like GDC 2020 and Gamescom 2020 are opting for digital experiences, with several other online events like IGN’s Summer of Gaming, the Summer Gaming Fest, and Microsoft’s upcoming Inside Xbox filling the gap. Stay tuned for more details on Evo’s plans in the coming weeks.
A message from the Evo team… pic.twitter.com/ANXUXDiNGK
— EVO (@EVO) May 1, 2020