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The Overwatch League's March and April Events Have Been Cancelled

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There will no longer be any Overwatch League events in March and April. 

The Overwatch League recently started its third season, only for all of its events to be cancelled. Activision Blizzard made the announcement that all events for the Overwatch League have been cancelled due to the spread of the coronavirus. Eleven homestead events were cancelled, including a game hosted in France by the Paris Eternal. 

"The health and safety of employees, fans, players, teams, and partners is paramount to Activision Blizzard Esports," Activision Blizzard stated.

"...After careful and working in close collaboration with our teams, we are cancelling all Overwatch League events scheduled for March and April. 

"...Concurrently, we are working hand-in-hand with our teams to see that all matches are played when it's safe and logistically feasible, staying as close to our originally planned schedule as possible. We are considering the various options available to esports in this effort, so that all teams - including those previously impacted by scheduling changes in China, can get back to doing what they do best.

"No adjustments have been made for any other scheduled Overwatch League events. We will share additional updates, as needed." 

Though the events were cancelled, CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports Pete Vlastelica stated on Twitter that the events were cancelled, not the matches. These matches could likely be held online, and streamed on YouTube, who now has exclusivity to all of Activision Blizzard's tournament streaming, including the Overwatch League and Call of Duty League. 

This season of the Overwatch League was meant to be the debut of the home and away system. This system would have had teams travel around the world to compete in host cities. Due to the spread of the coronavirus around the world, this could have potentially put the teams at risk of contracting the virus. 

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