Blizzard moves previously canceled Overwatch League games from China to Korea – The Verge
Last month, Blizzard announced that all of its scheduledOverwatchLeague games in China during February and Marchwere canceled in the wake of the coronavirus. Now the publisher hasrevealedits plan to reschedule the games — and it involves moving them out of the country altogether.
According to Blizzard, all of the canceled matches — which were set to take place in Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hangzhou — will now take place in a studio in Seoul. The matches will be played during the sixth and seventh weeks of OWL, which take place on the weekends of March 14th and March 21st. Previously scheduled games in Miami and Atlanta that were set to take place those weekends will be unaffected, according to Blizzard. Specific match times are expected to be announced “soon.”
(Seoul will also be home to OWL games on the weekend of March 7th, when the Seoul Dynasty host matches at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza.)
TheOverwatchLeague is far from the only esports league impacted by the fallout of the coronavirus. TheLeague of LegendsPro League in China has postponed matches indefinitely, whileLeague of LegendsChampions Korea is currently playing games without spectators present for safety reasons. Similarly, aPUBGtournament in Berlin scheduled for April has been postponed with no makeup date announced.
OWL kicked off its third season on February 8th with games in New York and Dallas.This season is particularly important for the leagueas it represents a move toward a city-based structure, with matches hosted by teams around the world. Week two starts on February 15th with matches hosted by the Philadelphia Fusion.
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