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Activision Blizzard Esports this afternoon announced that it has cancelled all Overwatch League events this month and next month, an unwelcomed development for an esports property facing a big year in 2020. ABE had already postponed all OWL events in China and South Korea in recent weeks along with one in Paris that was officially cancelled earlier today, but up till now the cancellations had not affected North American events.
That has now changed, with ABE saying that it is cancelling all OWL events for the 20-team league for the next two months and that it is working with teams to figure out when the schedule can resume. ABE said that it is still working on adjustments for the Call of Duty League and not ready to announce them. A source said that teams were informed of the decision earlier today. ABE says that no other adjustments have been made to the 2020 OWL schedule at this time.
This year is an important one for OWL because it is the first full year of the homestand model, along with the first year of a new digital media-rights partnership with YouTube. OWL is just a little more than a month into the 2020 season.
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