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Evo 2021 Showcase cancelled amid COVID-19 resurgence

The showcase was set to feature all Evo 2021 online regional winners in an event held in Las Vegas.
The resurgence of COVID-19 due to the ongoing Delta variant has resulted in the cancellation of the upcoming Evo 2021 Showcase, which was set to be held this November in Las Vegas.

An announcement was released via social media by tournament organisers, who explained that the Delta variant was the main reason for the tough decision. In their announcement, they said: "the Evo team will be contacting each player individually to recognize their efforts."

You can read the official statement from the Evo 2021 team below.

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No Evo offline event this year. (Picture: Evo)

Evo is the biggest and most prestigious fighting game event in the world and has not had an offline event since 2019. In fact, there were no Evo events at all in 2020. The last events that were held were a series of online regional tournaments in 2021 across multiple regions, which featured titles such as Street Fighter V, Guilty Gear: Strive, Mortal Kombat 11, and more.

All of the winners, alongside the top-placed competitors, would have been flown out to Las Vegas to compete at the showcase at the UFC Apex Arena, so their efforts could be even more validated by representing their regions against the best in the world.

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Evo has been recently acquired by Sony. (Picture: Sony)

It is worth mentioning that, while FGC in North America has been wary of coming up with offline events, the Smash community has already held two major open tournaments without a hitch -- Riptide and Glitch 8.5.

Riptide, who held brackets for Ultimate, Melee, and even side-events, at first reported a single case of an attendee being infected with COVID. The Riptide organisers issued a statement indicating that the player was vaccinated.

The organisers later reported an additional 4 positive COVID cases. In a follow-up tweet, the organisers said that they would be accepting negative COVID tests as proof if players wanted to attend more events within their region, in the future.

Now, the Evo organisers have their sights set to 2022, when Evo is due for a return to Mandalay Bay in August after three years absent in its original format. 

 

For more on all things fighting games, check out our dedicated section filled with news, tournament results, and more. 

Featured image courtesy of Evo.