Fans of Rocket League eSports are set to be disappointed come next month. The Rocket League World Championship has been canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus, as confirmed by developer Psyonix. Originally planned for April 24 at the Curtis Culwell Center in Dallas, the event will no longer take place.
Any fans who purchased a ticket will be refunded soon. Equally, if you picked up a parking pass you will be refunded automatically for that too. However, if you brought your tickets through a third-party app or retailer, they are instead responsible for refunding you.
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The decision follows after Psyonix decided the health of its players and fans weren’t worth risking. In their words, even though it’s frustrating, health and safety will always be their “top priority.” This is an understandable decision given that the coronavirus has taken over 3000 lives already.
It’s not all doom and gloom though. Season 9 of the Rocket League Championship Series will still be played as originally scheduled. That mean that both the regional championships and promotion tournament are not affected by this decision. Also, Psyonix is actively considering plans to replace the Rocket League World Championship day with a safer alternative.
The coronavirus’ impact on both gaming and technology is hard to understate. Both Google’s 2020 I/O and Facebook’s F8 Developer Conference were recently canceled due to the virus. There are even legitimate concerns that the Toyko 2020 Olympics might come under threat if the issue isn’t solved soon.
It’s disappointing to see events like the Rocket League World Championships canceled but companies are left with little choice. If Psyonix ran the event as usual and then an outbreak occurred because of it, its reputation would be ruined. Even if there’s only a slim chance, it just isn’t worth the risk.