Thanks to the recent Chinese Coronavirus crisis, Blizzard has recently cancelled all Overwatch League matches scheduled to take place in China for the next two months.
Initially, there were supposed to be OWL matches scheduled in Shanghai, Foshan, and Hangzhou between February and March.
Here’s a short statement from the company that was published just less than an hour ago.
“We have decided to cancel our February and March matches in China in order to protect the health and safety of our players, fans, and staff. We hope fans have a safe and happy Lunar New Year, and we remain incredibly excited to play Overwatch League matches in China later this season.
We’ll share more information about when and where the matches will take place at a later date. Thank you for your support and understanding!”
— Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) January 30, 2020
Even OWL teams in China have moved to South Korea as a precautionary method.
In more pressing and related news, the death toll for the Coronavirus outbreak approaches 200, with almost 8,000 people now estimated to be infected; 95 percent of them are from the province of Hubei. Stay safe, everyone!