Evo 2021’s return to Las Vegas has been canceled as a consequence of rising issues surrounding the Delta Variant of COVID-19. In a tweet, Evo’s organizer stated they are going to proceed to work on bringing again massive, reside occasions.
The assertion stated, partially, “The gamers invited to take part within the Evo 2021 Showcase signify lots of the greatest fighters on the planet. We’re extremely saddened to cancel the occasion.” You can learn the entire assertion under.
Update concerning the Evo 2021 Showcase: pic.twitter.com/DjUbNXV3EP
— EVO (@EVO) September 29, 2021
Evo 2021 was scheduled to happen in Las Vegas on November 27 and 28. The lineup was set to incorporate Guilty Gear Strive, Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate, Skullgirls 2nd Encore, Street Fighter V: Champion Edition, and Tekken 7. Evo remains to be scheduled to carry an in-person occasion in Las Vegas in August of 2022.
Last month, Evo held its Evo 2021 Online occasion, which featured gamers from all all over the world. The final in-person occasion was held in 2019, as Evo 2020 was canceled shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic began. Last yr, the Evo group was additionally rocked by a sexual abuse scandal surrounding Evo organizer Joey Cuellar. This precipitated a number of firms to drag out of 2020’s Evo Online occasions. Cuellar was placed on go away shortly after the allegations got here to gentle.
Earlier this yr, PlayStation bought the Evo Fighting Game Championship Series. Despite that, the occasion remains to be open to platforms past PlayStation, in line with Evo workforce members. Super Smash Bros. was noticeably absent from this yr’s deliberate lineup, with Nintendo saying, “we’ll proceed to evaluate Evo, and different alternatives, as we plan for future on-line and offline Super Smash Bros. match exercise.”
Other gaming occasions are additionally taking the Coronavirus into consideration, with the Call of Duty League changing into the first major esports organization to require proof of vaccination or a adverse COVID check forward of its 2021 Championship Weekend final month.
Logan Plant is a contract author for IGN. You can discover him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.