Street Fighter 5's Intel World Open appearance up in the air following postponement of 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo due to coronavirus concerns

The games plan to be back no later than summer 2021

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • March 24, 2020 at 8:41 a.m. PDT

After a ton of discussions of 'will they, won't they,' the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government have agreed to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympic games in Tokyo due to the global pandemic caused by the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.

This decision will very likely impact the Intel World Open which is officially tied to the Olympics and was supposed to lead into the opening ceremonies to give eSports a more global spotlight. Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition is one of the two games to be featured at the event though its status now remains uncertain after already receiving a delay just days ago.

No announcement has been given by Intel or Capcom regarding this latest update, but the chances of the IWO's start date getting further postponed seems likely to be coming down the pipeline.

Last week, ESL, the company handling production for the series, announced SF5's online qualifying tournaments would be pushed back from their expected start of March to May though that is now likely to change again.

The IWO's website still shows the statement regarding said previous delay though no new information can be found on their official channels yet.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met in a conference call with the heads of the Olympics organizing committee to discuss their options surrounding the Tokyo event where they eventually concluded to delay the start of the games to no later than the summer of 2021.

International Olympic Committee Decision Regarding Tokyo Games

In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.

The likeliest outcome for the massive eSports venture will be a similar delay to match up with the rescheduled Olympics once their date has been finalized though we'll still need to wait for official confirmation.

This marks another fighting game-related event that has faced cancellation or postponement over the past month or so with the first month or two of the Capcom Pro Tour and most other offline majors facing closure due to the spread of the coronavirus.

The IOC's statement cites that more than 350,000 cases of the virus have been confirmed worldwide as many nations are essentially trying to lock down non-essential travel and group activity for the time being.

A live qualifier event for the IWO was also rescheduled to take place in June which will also probably face further delay.

The Intel World Open has a grand total of $500,000 on the line for prize pools in Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition and Rocket League, and Capcom isn't likely going to let an opportunity like this go — especially after working to release their own online tournament mode that the qualifiers were set to use.

We've reached out to Capcom for an official statement regarding the Olympics and the Intel World Open, and we will update this story with more information once it becomes available.

In semi-related news, Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition is scheduled to receive its second netplay update today centered around the game's matchmaking after previously attempting to adjust the netcode.

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