EVO 2020 has been cancelled with a replacement online event set to take place in summer, organisers have confirmed.
The FGC event originally scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, US from 31st July to 2nd August will now no longer go ahead, with refunds to roll out to all ticket holders.
“The health and well-being of our community is our highest priority,” a statement reads. “We hope everyone stays safe during this time.”
They stated however they’re “bringing the event online this summer” - with more information set to be announced soon.
A message from the Evo team... pic.twitter.com/ANXUXDiNGK— EVO (@EVO) May 1, 2020
All arena tickets and hotel room reservations will be refunded automatically, there is no need to call in.— EVO (@EVO) May 1, 2020
We will have a form up next week for tournament registraiton.
The promise of an online event however might not be the saving grace its intended to be, considering many online FGC tournaments have encountered connectivity issues in recent months.
This might be a significant problem for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, with Nintendo's online issues causing the whole community to rally on Twitter recently in order to bring attention to the issue.
It’s also unclear if this means the planned summer online event will accommodate all the titles originally set to appear at EVO 2020, including Smash Ultimate, Street Fighter V, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7 and more.
While it remains to be seen how the online event will pan out, this will be disappointing (if expected) for the community as a whole - with EVO representing the biggest event on the entire FGC calendar.