EVO Showcase 2021 cancelled due to Covid-19 safety protocols.
The EVO Showcase was set for a return to Las Vegas in 2021. However, the escalating concerns surrounding the rise in the spread of the Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus, has led to the cancelling of the event, for this year.
In a tweet from their official Twitter handle, the organizers state that they will be continuing to work towards bringing such big, live events, back again. Last month, the organizer held EVO 2021 Online, an online version of the live showcase. It had players competing in Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Strive, Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate and Street Fighter 5.
The EVO Showcase 2021 was supposed to bring together the top finishers of the online event, from across the world, to battle it out for glory in an in-person format on November 27, 2021 and November 28, 2021. The event would have been held at the UFC APEX Sports Complex, Las Vegas. It would have been an invite only, in-person event and would have hosted a total of forty players competing across five games for a combined prize pool of $ 125,000.
EVO Showcase Stands Cancelled For Second Year In A Row
This is the second year in the row for the event to get cancelled. However, the good news is that the showcase will be back in Las Vegas for an in-person event in August, 2022, again.
The EVO Showcase is one of the biggest fighting game tournaments in all of North America. The 2020 event was cancelled shortly after the Covid-19 pandemic began. The community was also affected by a massive scandal after organizer Joey Cuellar got embroiled in a sexual abuse scandal. This had caused several companies to pull out from the EVO 2020 Online Event.