Esports Festival Hong Kong premier event removed from Capcom Pro Tour 2019

Capcom cancels their CPT event due to civic unrest in Hong Kong

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • August 7, 2019 at 7:50 a.m. PDT

One of the stops on the Capcom Pro Tour this year was the Esports Festival Hong Kong later this month, which would act as a premier event for the tournament circuit. Unfortunately, this CPT event has been removed from the tour.

Capcom announced that the festival would no longer be a part of this year's Capcom Pro Tour due to the civic unrest currently taking place in Hong Kong. In a new blog entry over on the Capcom Pro Tour website, the company explains that the safety of the players is being considered.

"Capcom takes the safety of our players and community very seriously," the entry reads. "Given the civic unrest that is currently taking place in Hong Kong, we have decided to remove Esports Festival Hong Kong from this year’s Capcom Pro Tour."

Capcom goes on to clarify that the decision to remove their event from Esports Festival Hong Kong in no way reflects on the festival's organizer, Cyber Games Arena. The cancellation is simply a precautionary measure to ensure that competitors remain out of harm's way.

It's worth noting that if a Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition tournament is still run at Esports Festival Hong Kong, the winner will not be receiving any CPT points. There are no plans to redistribute the points and prizes originally planned for this premier event to any other tournament, meaning this part of the Pro Tour is simply being cancelled outright.

Hong Kong is several weeks deep into consistent public, pro-democracy protests and demonstrations that have resulted in numerous violent encounters in the streets. Conditions are certainly dangerous in the area and showing little sign of stopping.

"We apologize if this decision inconveniences any of our players, community members or production partners, but we hope everyone understands the spirit in which it was made. Our thoughts are with the people of Hong Kong during this difficult time," Capcom concluded.

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