Evo 2021 Showcase forced to cancel due to COVID-19 issues
By Bob Garcia
Despite the pandemic being greatly under control, COVID-19 is still causing some issues
COVID-19 has not completely disappeared and, unfortunately, still continues to haunt a large number of events due to the strong concerns that are developing in the wake of this pandemic. The Evo 2021 Showcase was set to take place; however, the Evo team recently announced that it will be canceled after ongoing complications related to the COVID-19 delta variant and other health issues were of great concern to all attendees of the event. While it is true that many fans and players were looking forward to the start of this new tournament, the organizers are clear that the integrity of the people comes first, and that they must ensure that everyone’s health remains intact.
Evo 2021 Showcase would have been originally commissioned to bring the best finalists from around the world who had competed in Evo 2021 Online. Once they were all assembled, they would have to fight each other in Las Vegas at the UFC APEX sports complex at the end of November. However, these plans are no longer on the table.
This would have been a contained, invite-only event with a total of 40 players competing in five titles, including Street Fighter V: Champion Edition and Guilty Gear Strive. A total prize pool of $125,000 was supposed to be up for grabs, which was to be split evenly at $25,000 per game. Event organizers were excited to hold such a competition. However, those illusions slowly faded after a deadly COVID-19 variant called delta appeared.
“The players invited to participate in the Evo 2021 Showcase represent many of the best fighters in the world,” Evo said. “We’re incredibly saddened to cancel the event.”
So far, no event has been announced to make up for the cancellation; however, Evo’s team said it plans to contact each player who was to attend the event to recognize their efforts individually.