With the Coronavirus spreading throughout China over the last month, the Overwatch League announced that it would be suspending matches throughout the country. All Overwatch League matches scheduled to take place in February and March in China have now been cancelled.
In the statement below posted through the official Overwatch League Twitter account, Blizzard delivered the statement. "We have decided to cancel our February and March matches in China in order to protect the health and safety of our players, fans, and staff," the statement reads.
It would appear that the Overwatch League schedule after March 2020 is undecided. The statement from the Overwatch League reads that Blizzard will "share more information about when and where the matches will take place at a later date," referring to matches scheduled to take place in China later in the season.
This is far from the only esports event to be recently cancelled in China over concerns about the Coronavirus outbreak. As our sister site Gamesindustry.biz chronicles, the League of Legends Pacific Championship Series opening has been indefinitely postponed, and the Pokemon Championships event in Hong Kong has been cancelled, both of which were scheduled to take place next month in February.
The Coronavirus has so far reached all mainland regions of China, claiming 170 lives in the nation. There have been cases confirmed throughout 15 different countries, including the United States, Japan, France, Canada, Australia, and Germany.