Evo 2021’s return to Las Vegas has been canceled because of rising considerations surrounding the Delta Variant of COVID-19. In a tweet, Evo’s organizer mentioned they are going to proceed to work on bringing again large, stay occasions.
The assertion mentioned, partly, “The gamers invited to take part within the Evo 2021 Showcase symbolize most of the greatest fighters on the earth. We’re extremely saddened to cancel the occasion.” You may learn the entire assertion under.
Replace concerning the Evo 2021 Showcase: pic.twitter.com/DjUbNXV3EP
— EVO (@EVO) September 29, 2021
Evo 2021 was scheduled to happen in Las Vegas on November 27 and 28. The lineup was set to incorporate Responsible Gear Try, Mortal Kombat 11 Final, Skullgirls 2nd Encore, Avenue Fighter V: Champion Version, and Tekken 7. Evo remains to be scheduled to carry an in-person occasion in Las Vegas in August of 2022.
Final month, Evo held its Evo 2021 On-line occasion, which featured gamers from all world wide. The final in-person occasion was held in 2019, as Evo 2020 was canceled shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic started. Final yr, the Evo neighborhood was additionally rocked by a sexual abuse scandal surrounding Evo organizer Joey Cuellar. This triggered a number of firms to tug out of 2020’s Evo On-line occasions. Cuellar was placed on depart shortly after the allegations got here to mild.
Earlier this yr, PlayStation purchased the Evo Combating Sport Championship Collection. Regardless of that, the occasion remains to be open to platforms past PlayStation, in response to Evo workforce members. Tremendous Smash Bros. was noticeably absent from this yr’s deliberate lineup, with Nintendo saying, “we are going to proceed to evaluate Evo, and different alternatives, as we plan for future on-line and offline Tremendous Smash Bros. event exercise.”
Different gaming occasions are additionally taking the Coronavirus under consideration, with the Name of Obligation League changing into the first main esports group to require proof of vaccination or a detrimental COVID check forward of its 2021 Championship Weekend final month.
Logan Plant is a contract author for IGN. You could find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.