Garena had laid down a supreme plan for this year’s esports circuit for their flagship Battle Royale behemoth, Free Fire. Although, via a Facebook post, Garena has released an official statement postponing Free Fire Champions Cup 2020 which was scheduled to take place on April 19 in Jakarta.
This dangerous virus has penetrated almost every corner of the world and various sectors have been severely affected including esports. On March 2nd, 2 cases of Coronavirus were confirmed in Indonesia and as per a pattern observed globally, it would be foolish to say that the spread of this situation would be contained easily. Amidst this scare, Garena decided to postpone the event instead of directly canceling it.
Through their official release, they made it clear that the safety of the attendees, as well as participants, are their top priority right now.
Keeping to our commitment of prioritizing the well-being of our athletes, fans and staff, it is not feasible to bring them from around the world together for the event.
The altered dates have not yet been decided although Garena has made it clear that they will proceed when this adversity passes by and as of now have no plans to completely strike out the event. The Indian finals for Free Fire India Championship will go ahead as planned on 28th March but will now be a closed-gate event with no audience similar to IEM Katowice 2020.
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