For whatever other issues Blizzard is having right now, it can’t be said that the studio isn’t paying close attention to potential viral outbreaks when it comes to Overwatch esports. The company has officially cancelled upcoming Overwatch League events taking place in China during February and March, a slate of events which had previously included games in Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Foshan. The cancellations are officially postponements, however; rescheduled events will be announced at a later date.
While not stated by name, the schedule changes are a clear response to the coronavirus sweeping through China (chiefly in the Hubei province); readers will recall that League of Legends has also moved pro events around in response to the health crisis. Some Chinese Overwatch League teams have already been moved to South Korea for the duration, so it’s good to see owners and players taking precautions and being conscientious of health and safety.
— Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) January 30, 2020