Sad news for the Street Fighter and fighting games community in general, as Capcom decided to officially cancel the 2020 Capcom Cup, which was set to be played offline at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.
In a post made via social media, Capcom explained that due to the rise in COVID-19 cases around the world, the best course of action was to scrap the tournament, pivoting to an online event.
Due to the rising cases of COVID-19 worldwide we have made the difficult decision to cancel #CapcomCup. In its place we will be producing an online season final for #CapcomProTour February 20th and 21st. Details following: pic.twitter.com/3WsObiSFVA— Capcom Fighters (@CapcomFighters) January 15, 2021
"Due to the rising cases of COVID-19 worldwide we have made the difficult decision to cancel #CapcomCup. In its place we will be producing an online season final for #CapcomProTour February 20th and 21st," the statement reads.
The two-day event, which was also set to feature the Street Fighter World Championship finals, was delayed from its usual December date, rescheduled for February of this year, with the new online event taking its place.
iDom, 2019's Capcom Cup winner (Picture: Capcom)
Capcom confirmed that all the players that earned a spot for the Cup via the online qualifiers throughout 2020 will be invited to the online tournament, pending availability.
As a reminder, here's a list of all players that would have participated in the Capcom Cup:
- Derek “iDom” Ruffin
- Arman "Phenom" Rabiee
- Yoryi "DR Mandrake" Bueno
- Niel "SKZ" Chong
- Gonzalo "Pikoro" Buleje
- Houmaid "Takamura_B" Rabie
- Daigo Umehara
- Cristopher "Caba" Rodriguez
- DC "Infexious" Coleman
- Alexandro "Jah_Lexe" Rodrigues
- Kun Xian Ho
- Amjad "AngryBird" Al-Shalabi
- Bryant "Smug" Huggins
- Alan "Nephew" Sun
- Leonardo "MenaRD" Mena
- Kanamori "Gachikun" Tsunehiro
- Xijie "Jiewa" Zeng
- Yuvin "Rumours" Manadeniya
- Miky "Samurai" Chea
- Olivier "Luffy" Hay
The CC boasted a prize pool of over $200,000. It remains to be seen if the new online event will maintain such monetary rewards for competitors or whether Capcom decides to lower the cash poured into the finals.