PUBG Corp has announced it is postponing the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds eSports event PBS Berlin due to the coronavirus outbreak. The event was due to take place in April. The company also said regional qualifier dates could also be changed, though it still plans to hold four PUBG global esports events over the year.
The full statement from PUBG Corporation is below:
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
The coronavirus has been declared a global health emergency as it continues to spread, and it is having an impact on various industries including gaming. With 96% of consoles manufactured in China there are now issues of delays. Nintendo apologised over a potential Switch shortage due to manufacturers being closed in China. This has led to some speculation of a possible delay for the PS5 and Xbox Series X, unless Sony and Microsoft manage to significantly alter the supply chain or the coronavirus abates. PBS Berlin is also not the first event to have been cancelled. The Overwatch League events in China scheduled for February and March have also been postponed.
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Source: Press Release