Whereas real-world sports activities have been turning to video video games for on-line tournaments, it appears some esports occasions haven’t been so fortunate – as each the Fortnite World Cup and Dota 2’s The Worldwide have been cancelled as a result of coronavirus outbreak.
The Fortnite World Cup, which final 12 months pulled in over 2.3m viewers to make it the most-watched aggressive gaming occasion of all time (excluding China), is not going to happen in 2020. Whereas all different Fortnite bodily esports occasions will happen on-line, the World Cup couldn’t happen as a result of “limitations of cross area on-line competitors”.
“We do not know when a return to massive, world, in-person occasions can be sensible, however we’re hopeful to have the ability to placed on some type of Fortnite World Cup in 2021,” stated Epic through the Fortnite Aggressive Twitter account.
Within the meantime, Money Cups (aggressive matches with money prizes) are set to proceed, as will the Fortnite Champion Collection – albeit with some iterations on codecs “to enhance participant experiences”. Official broadcasts are additionally set to return, offering gamers with updates on aggressive Fortnite beginning this Saturday at 6pm UK time. And third-party occasions have not been given the boot – as long as they’re online-only.
Dota 2’s The Worldwide, one other huge esports occasion with the most important prime prize gamers can earn from esports, has additionally been indefinitely delayed. The Dota group defined it would not have the boldness to supply new dates right now as a result of “extremely unstable panorama for native gathering restrictions”, however it can doubtless happen in 2021. The Dota 2 Professional Circuit continues to be set to proceed this autumn, nonetheless, with some restructuring to make issues work.