Capcom plans to hold more online tournaments due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • May 12, 2020 at 7:05 p.m. PDT | Comments: 13

The fighting game community has certainly been feeling the effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Many offline tournaments needed to be cancelled for the sake of social distancing.

Unfortunately, we ended up losing all of the Capcom Pro Tour events in the early half of 2020 as a result. In a recent investors report, Capcom revealed their plans to host more online events in the future.

It's been listed that Capcom intends to "hold domestic and overseas tournaments online because of COVID-19" as part of their strategic objectives to "expand activities for growing the stakeholder base with medium to long-term mindset."

Last we heard, Capcom had scheduled to resume the Capcom Pro Tour for Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition in July. Of course, they also noted that they are monitoring the situation with the ongoing outbreak and intend to adjust their plans accordingly.

The online experience for Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition has already been improved this year due to a number of patches. It's also worth mentioning that we're still waiting on the release date for that Tournament Mode, which is reported to blow the game's current lobby system out of the water in terms of scale, according to Yoshinori Ono, although it hasn't been released yet.

EVO 2020 was also cancelled and is moving to an online event. EVO is the world's largest fighting game tournament in terms of entrants, and this announcement has already sent large waves through the community.

Some have been very excited by this change, as it will open up the field to even more competitors who don't have as much ability to travel, while others are worried about latency and logistics issues that offline events do not normally have to deal with.

This is a time of many new changes coming into the fighting game community, and it will be fascinating to watch how things unfold in terms of entrants, viewership and overall reactions to these competitions as more events end up moving online.

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