‘PUBG’ 2020 Kickoff Competition Postponed
- You can probably already guess why.
- For those of you who haven’t, it’s another coronavirus concern.
- PUBG Corp isn’t the first gaming company to be affected by the recent health woe.
At the beginning of January, when coronavirus first started appearing in the headlines, many thought it was going to be just the next semi-annual health scare. Over the last couple of decades, we’ve seen everything from Avian Flu to SARS to Ebola scares that have come and gone from the public eye in just a matter of days or weeks before either fizzling out or being issues that weren’t impactful on a global scale after all. Coronavirus seems to at the very least be a sickness with more risks tied to it, primarily due to the gestation period and ease of exposure in a short time frame to the point that there are now ships sitting in various ports under quarantine on top of flight diversions and all-out city quarantines in and around its point of origin in and around the city of Wuhan in China.
Even the gaming world has seen the effects of the virus, albeit in different ways. During the initial days of the outbreak games like Plague Inc. saw a massive uptick in players. Not only that, people that were playing the game for fun were mixing with those genuinely curious about the virus which caused the developer to issue a formal statement on their website forwarding fans to proper locations for such information. Since then we’ve seen cancellations or postponing of various esport events including those tied to Overwatch and League of Legends, and now PUBG joins them. In a recent statement PUBG Corp has revealed that the PGS: Berlin esports gathering will be postponed to a date yet to be determined:
PUBG Corporation is actively monitoring the spread of the latest coronavirus, which was recently declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization.
With the health and safety of our players, employees, and fans as our top priorities, we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone April’s PGS: Berlin event. The dates and times of regional qualifiers may also be subject to change. The plan to host four PUBG global esports events in 2020 remains unchanged, and we are actively exploring options for when a replacement event can be held.
We will provide updates once we have a better understanding of the best options for esports fans, players, and staff. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this situation.
– PUBG Corporation
While this may be disappointing for some, and while it’s true the full extent of a potential global impact is still fairly low at this time, a better safe than sorry approach does seem to be the best option for now with many of these sort of events considering they draw players from all over the world. The best way to avoid a potential spread is to cut out the contributing factors, which seems to be the playbook that companies are going by for now and it’s hard to fault them for keeping the public interest in mind.