In a move that seemed inevitable, Evo 2020 has been officially called off. The tournament, set to take place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, will now look to host an event online this summer instead.
A statement released today confirmed the fighting game tournament was called off due to COVID-19. In a follow-up tweet, the Evo organization confirmed that all arena tickets and hotel reservations should be refunded automatically, while tournament registration forms will be going up next week.
Traditionally the largest fighting game event of the year, Evo—or the Evolution Championship Series—features tournaments in a number of fighting games. Due to the number of players it draws and its open registration format, allowing anyone to enter and have a shot, winning Evo is one of the more prestigious accolades a fighting game player can achieve.
Evo 2020 was set to feature a big tournament this year, which included a 20th anniversary Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 invitational. With the event going online, this raises a few questions about how it will pan out; whether this summer event would operate at the same scale as Evo with thousands of registrants, and if modern fighting games' netcode can handle international matches.
Though with the recent trend of adding rollback netcode into retro games, maybe a throwback Evo summer could be possible? I'd certainly tune in.
Either way, I hope the MvC2 event is still on. Be sure to check out our retrospective on Marvel Vs. Capcom 2's history in the scene to get a sense of why it was set to be one of the most exciting events of the summer.