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Tokyo Tekken Masters postponed by Bandai Namco over Coronavirus fears

The Tekken World Tour has become the latest esports tournament series affected by the Coronavirus, with Bandai Namco postponing the opening event.
  • The Tokyo Tekken Masters has been delayed until later in 2020
  • The delay is due to Coronavirus concerns to ensure player and fan safety
  • This also delays the start of the 2020 Tekken World Tour

Bandai Namco has delayed the Tokyo Tekken Masters, the first event in the 2020 Tekken World Tour, to ensure the safety of players in light of the Coronavirus.  

In a post on their official website, Bandai Namco stated the Tokyo Tekken Masters tournament, originally scheduled for 4-5th April, will take place at a later date in 2020. 

“Due to the highly dynamic nature surrounding the Coronavirus outbreak which has had global health implications, Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc will take every possible consideration into account prior to rescheduling the Tokyo Tekken Masters tournament,” the site reads.  

“We want to thank our competitors and fans for their understanding, patience, and consideration regarding this announcement.” 

Bandai Namco are also deliberating whether this will delay the beginning of eligible Dojo tournaments too for the 2020 season, with an announcement expected soon. 

 

This means the first event in the 2020 Tekken World Tour is now the Norcal Regionals in San Jose, US on 10th April, followed by the MIXUP in Lyon, France.  

Capcom recently pulled three events from the Capcom Pro Tour 2020 due to the virus outbreak, with Brussels Challenge 2020 now cancelled entirely.  

The death toll from the virus has exceeded 3,000 worldwide, with now over 60 countries reporting cases of infection. 

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