World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) has announced in an official statement that the WESG 2020 APAC Finals have been canceled. The Asian Pacific CSGO event was supposed to take place in Macau, running from Feb. 16 until Feb. 18. The reason is the increased threat of the Wuhan virus, which is also known as the coronavirus.
Coronavirus spreads and even affects esports
The virus, which originated in the city of Wuhan, China, is spreading, especially in the Asia region. With over 600 people infected and currently at least 18 deaths, the virus is gradually becoming a worldwide threat. Currently, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan and the United States have confirmed cases of people infected by the coronavirus.
As the epidemic spreads, not even esports events are safe from the virus. WESG has explained that “In an attempt to limit international travel in order to control the spread of the coronavirus, we are announcing the cancellation of the WESG APAC Final.”
Because of the cancellation, 16 teams have had to adjust to the announcement. The team list includes the likes of Virtus.pro and Syman Gaming. The top two teams of the CSGO event in Macau were supposed to qualify for the main event to take place in March in Chongqing, China. However, as things stand, even the WESG Global Finals themselves may be canceled if the coronavirus does not seize to spread and a remedy is not quickly found for the infected individuals.
WESG has yet to comment on when the event will be rescheduled for, only stating: “We will make further announcements in the future as the situation develops.”
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