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Capcom Cup 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic, online season final to take its place

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • January 15, 2021 at 10:15 a.m. PST • Comments: 79

Capcom has been gearing up for the big finale of their Capcom Pro Tour for 2020 with the finals set to take place next month. While the last official stop on the tour typically takes place at the end of its tour year, this event was pushed into 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company took to Twitter this morning to announce that the event, which was revised to take place in limited capacity in the Dominican Republic on February 19 - 21, has been cancelled. An online season final will be held in its stead.

Capcom released a statement this morning detailing the decision to cancel the event. Though they felt that they could pull off a safe, limited in-person finale for Capcom Cup and the Street Fighter League World Championship, the heightened state of the global pandemic ultimately lead to the decision to hold off on running it.

The company is now working on an online-only final event that is set to feature all players who won an online premier event. Capcom is currently reaching out to all of the eligible competitors to solidify their spot in the finale.

This revised season final is scheduled to take place on February 20 - 21, 2021, and more information on the new format is expected within the next few weeks.

2020's Capcom Pro Tour as a whole suffered a similar fate to Capcom Cup as the in-person tournament series was slated to begin in early March 2020. Unfortunately, the spread of COVID-19 saw the cancellation and postponing of several of the tour's events, until it was ultimately decided to move the entire CPT to an online format.

Several online premier events were held around the globe until only 20 competitors remained and secured a spot in the finale by way of tournament wins and a fan-voted invitation.

In addition to Capcom Cup in February, Street Fighter 5 is setting up to launch into its fifth season with the release of its first DLC character, Dan. While we do not currently have a specific release date for the first of five new characters expected this year, there's a good chance we'll learn that information during the now online season final on February 20 - 21.

Capcom's official statement on the matter is as follows:

Due to the rising cases of COVID-19 worldwide we have unfortunately made the decision to cancel Capcom Cup and the Street Fighter League World Championship scheduled for February 19th through February 21st. While we strongly believe that we could have executed a great event with limited risk to players, staff and crew, we have reevaluated as the situation has evolved and the state of this global pandemic has heightened.

In its place we will be producing an online only Season Final so that we are still able to high-light the best players from this season. All players who won an online premier will be invited to participate in the final and we are in the process of reaching out to all eligible players to secure their participation. Details on the revised format will be available on CapcomProTour.com in the next few weeks.

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