- Capcom has removed three events from the Capcom Pro Tour 2020
- The move was over concerns for player and fan safety in light of the Coronavirus
- Brussels Challenge 2020 has since been cancelled altogether
The Capcom Pro Tour is the latest esports tournament to be affected by the Coronavirus, with three events removed from the schedule to ensure player and fan safety.
Brussels Challenge 2020, Norcal Regionals 2020 and April Annihilation 2020 have been pulled from this year’s Capcom Pro Tour, with points allocated to these events removed from the pool.
In a statement, Capcom wrote: “The safety of our fans and players is our top priority. This decision in no way reflects upon the various tournament organisers.”
They added: “We apologise if this decision inconveniences any of our players, community members or production partners. Capcom will continue to monitor the situation and will evaluate the need for additional schedule modifications as the situation evolves.”
Brussels Challenge 2020, which was set to take place 20-22nd March, has since been cancelled entirely following the announcement due to Coronavirus concerns. At the time of writing, Norcal Regionals and April Annihilation are still set to go ahead.
This is with profound sadness that we have to cancel #brusselschallenge 2020 due to the increasing risks associated with the Coronavirus outbreak. This decision did not come lightly.— Younes (@ccl085) February 28, 2020
Please stay safe everyone and see you soon pic.twitter.com/KVY9xLsBix
The Capcom Pro Tour will now start with The MIXUP on 18-19 April in Lyon, France.
A number of major esports events have been affected by the Coronavirus, with IEM Katowice recently announcing it wouldn’t be open to the public a day before the event began.