Organizers announced on Wednesday that the EVO 2021 Showcase, known as the “Triumphant Return” of the Fighting Game Championship in Las Vegas, has been cancelled.
“Due to the ongoing complications of COVID-19 and the spread of Delta variants, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the EVO 2021 show. The players invited to the EVO 2021 show represent many of the best fighters in the world. I feel very sad.”
About the update on Evo 2021: pic.twitter.com/DjUbNXV3EPSeptember 29, 2021
You may be wondering, wait, isn’t EVO 2021 an online event earlier this year?That is EVO 2021 online, Which was held last month as an online version of EVO’s usual open knockout format. Players will compete in Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Strive, Street Fighter V and Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate.
EVO 2021 Showcase is an invitation-only live event planned to be held in Las Vegas. A total of 40 players will compete for the $125,000 prize pool in five games.
EVO organizers added that they will contact invited competitors individually to “recognize their efforts.” It is not clear whether the prize pool funds will be allocated to these competitors or whether they will be cancelled. PC Gamer has contacted EVO’s PR for clarification and will update when we learn more.
As the COVID-19 pandemic began to sweep across North America, EVO 2020 became an online-only event, but when the main sponsor withdrew support after allegations, EVO 2020 was eventually cancelled completely. Earlier this year, Sony assumed co-ownership of EVO after Joey Cuellar, the former CEO of EVO, resigned due to allegations of abuse and harassment. The two co-founders of EVO, Tom and Tony Cannon, now serve as consultants for Sony and a talent management company called RTS.
EVO 2022 It is currently scheduled to be held in Las Vegas from August 5th to 7th as a face-to-face event.