VGBootCamp’s recently announced Smash World Tour 2020, which boasts a huge $250,000 prize pool, has postponed events due to the Coronavirus.
The tournament series is set to span 25 community events, kicking off with CEO Dreamland this weekend, although organisers have since stated they’re removing Smash World Tour points from platinum and gold tournaments across March and April.
A statement released on Twitter reads: “There will be no platinum or gold events in the months of March and April. While CEO Dreamland is still taking place this weekend, we’ve spoken with the organizer and agreed it’s best to remove SWT Tour points given the situation.”
Smash World Tour statement regarding COVID-19 pic.twitter.com/poqyS2ccGo— Smash World Tour (@SmashWorldTour) March 12, 2020
HFLAN Melee Edition in France is set to be rescheduled for the autumn, while the post also confirmed Pound 2020, originally scheduled for 3-5th April in Maryland, has been cancelled.
Silver events, which are local tournaments with over 32 players, will remain active – although the organisers are encouraging people to prioritise safety first.
“We are remaining hopeful and optimistic that with aggressive measures now, we will still be able to have a successful 2020 Smash World Tour, with the remaining calendar operating on schedule!
“We are also working on solutions to make-up those missed points opportunities later in the year.”
It's unclear whether this could affect attendance at CEO Dreamland this weekend, with many top players likely attending to gain some SWT points.
These delays mean the first event will be Umebura Japan Major on 4-6th May, followed by Get On My Level 2020 in Toronto, Canada.
The Smash World Tour 2020 consists of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Super Smash Bros. Melee, boasting a huge $250,000 prize pool.