The effects of the COVID-19 virus continue to spread across the world and various industries, with the electronics sports business also facing consequences of the outbreak. This afternoon, the organizers of the 2020 Smash World Tour made the decision to cancel multiple upcoming events on the tour amid concerns over the virus outbreak, including POUND 2020 in Maryland.
While CEO Dreamland in Orlando, Florida will still go on as scheduled, the rest of the Smash World Tour Platinum and Gold events are canceled through the month of April as a precautionary measure. As of right now, all Silver opt-in events are still scheduled to occur, but tour organizers are strongly encouraging any potential participants to stay at home if they are sick, feeling sick, or have had recent contact with a person who is immunocompromised.
Organizers for POUND 2020 also made a statement on Twitter:
With an incredibly heavy heart, we must announce that Pound 2020 is canceled. Please give us time to issue refunds as we have just about 1000 to process. If you'd like more information, make sure and check out the Smash World Tour's official statement here: https://t.co/80U2EdLOLt— * POUND * (@pound_series) March 12, 2020
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