No Live event at Guangzhou, but the Overwatch League is working with other Chinese teams for a Countdown Cup live event. Fingers crossed!
Overwatch fans received disappointing news today as the Guangzhou Charge announced it will not host the Countdown Cup homestand event. The decision is part of the organization's efforts to support and cooperate with the local epidemic prevention and control work. The team also hopes to ensure the health and safety of players, staff and fans with this decision.
The Countdown Cup homestand match was originally scheduled to take place from August 7, 2021 to August 9, 2021.
We have been actively preparing to bring extraordinary homestand parties to the fans. We are very sorry for the cancelation of the home match, and we sincerely thank you for your understanding and support of the Guangzhou Charge. Hopefully one day, when we are all safe, we will finally gather in Guangzhou, raise up the blue flag, and witness our grand homestand together.
Will the Countdown Cup have a live event?
The Overwatch League expressed its support for Guangzhou Charge’s decision. The League is currently working with other teams from China to bring a live event in the region during the Countdown Cup. Live events are an integral part of the Overwatch League model. Despite various restrictions and obstacles, the League had announced three homestand matches for this season.
There are four matches scheduled for the Countdown Cup Homestand weekend. The matches featured Guangzhou Charge, Hangzhou Spark, Los Angeles Valiant and Chengdu Hunters. The Countdown Cup homestand event was the third and final Homestand event for this season. Previously, Hangzhou Spark hosted the June Joust Homestand event at the Hangzhou Future Sci-Tech City Academic Exchange Center, Hangzhou. Shanghai Dragons will host the Summer Showdown Homestand event on July 9-10, 2021.
The Overwatch League had to switch to an online format due to the restrictions arising out of COVID-19. The 2021 regular season has four tournaments before the playoffs. The playoffs will feature three teams from the west and two teams from the East. Other teams can still qualify to the play-ins and have a shot at the title of being the best team in Overwatch.
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