NetherRealm Studios Cancels Esport Event This Weekend Due To Coronavirus


Posted on March 6, 2020 by Tyler Nienburg

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COVID-19 or better known as Coronavirus has been a major subject in the news within the last two weeks with it rising in the United States. This means that esport events are potentially going to be impacted in the near future. Today, the Mortal Kombat community are a victim of a cancellation.

Tomorrow, March 7 there was supposed to be a Last Chance Qualifier held in Chicago at the Ignite Gaming Lounger in Skokie, III. NetherRealm Studios has made the decision to cancel the event and are looking out for the health of the audience and players.

“Due to the escalating concerns and cautions around COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we have made the difficult decision to no longer host a live audience at Final Kombat 2020, scheduled for Sunday, March 8 at Chicago’s Park West Theater. In addition, we have cancelled the Last Chance Qualifier event scheduled tomorrow, March 7, at Ignite Gaming Lounge in Skokie, III. We understand this is disappointing to those who planned to attend. This decision was made in order to protect the health and safety of our players, fans, and staff.”

To those who purchased a ticket and flew to the event will be refunded for their hotel and airfare costs.  

Final Kombat 2020 is still scheduled to be livestreamed globally starting at 11 AM CST across all Mortal Kombat 11 channels. There just won’t be a live audience for this event.

With Coronavirus on the rise do you think more major events will be impacted?

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Tyler ‘Tyboy’ Nienburg released Rectify Gaming back on December 17th, 2013.Feel free to contact the head of Rectify at Tyler@Rectifygaming.com