The offline finals of the Funspark ULTI 2020 has been postponed indefinitely due to the new coronavirus wave concerns, the organizers announced on Twitter.
Funspark ULTI 2020 was originally scheduled to take place from December 1-6 in China, featuring a total prize pool of US$300,000. The event once got postponed to January 28-30, 2021 year due to coronavirus concerns and travel restrictions around the world. It’s not clear to what exact dates the event will be rescheduled.
Funspark ULTI will feature eight international teams across four continents including TYLOO and Wings Up as the home team. Teams that have been confirmed to compete include Chaos EC from North America, forZe from Rusia, FURIA Esports from Brazil, and HAVU Gaming from Finland. It is still unclear who will fill the two empty invited slots.
The offline event was scheduled to be hosted by one of three potential cities: Beijing, Hainan, or Chengdu. “Beijing is the capital city of China, and we have previous experiences at IEM Beijing-Haidian; Chengdu is the centre of Western China, and has plenty of universities. As for Hainan, we considered that the city is warmer than other Chinese cities during the winter.” Tai Yunpan told The Esports Observer.
Situation in China
China is considered as one of the more stable regions in these unprecedented times, with a constant effort to contain the virus locally. So far in December, Mainland China has recorded less than 20 cases daily, with only a few cases throughout the month around three of the regions that are considered to host the Funspark ULTI event. Furthermore, travel restrictions that are still going on for some countries and uncertain policies adding more pressure to CGA and 5EPlay as the event organizer.
This event adds to the long lists of CS:GO events that have had to be postponed or canceled throughout 2020 due to the pandemic. One of them is eXTREMESLAND CS:GO Festival 2020 which was moved to an online format and divided into five regional events across Asia.
Cover photo courtesy of HLTV.ORG (Left) & CSGO2ASIA Archive (Right)