Hi-Rez just postponed SMITE’s esports broadcasts for the weekend [Updated]

Well, somebody knows why, but nobody's talking

    
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We’ve updated at the end with the unfortunate news that led to the postponement.

Well, this one’s weird and kinda ominous: Hi-Rez just just down all of its SMITE esports broadcasts planned for the entire weekend, saying they’ve been “postponed.”

“We know this is disappointing to our players and fans, and we are deeply sorry,” the tweet from the official SMITE esports Twitter says. And no, there’s no explanation.

“We’re unable to provide any further information right now, but will share updates as soon as we can. […] We look forward to resuming games soon.”

Twitter and Reddit are aflame with speculation, naturally; the assumption is that it must be something very serious, since Hi-Rez would’ve spoken up about a borked patch or technical difficulties. In the meantime, there’s nothing to do but wait. Here’s hoping it turns out to be no big deal.

Source: Twitter, Reddit. Thanks, Bruno!
Update 5/23
Sunday morning, Hi-Rez finally told the community the reason behind the postponement: the devastating news that 28-year-old Hi-Rez esports staff caster John Finch passed away on Thursday. Our hearts go out to his friends and family.
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Bruno Brito

I’m hoping it’s nothing serious but this is so somber and obscure that i can’t help to think that something big happened.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Maybe their 24/7 data gathering got blocked by a security update in some instances….assuming they still do it.

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Bruno Brito

I hope so. The tone was too somber, honestly, and if it was either a legal or technical issue, they could have said something to placate the worries.

I’m hoping this is just Hi-rez fucking PR up and it’s not something involving the health of someone.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

’tis sudden….and eerily quiet.

Legal stuff could have to be kept quiet until some details are known, but ya no one wants to any more hear any bad health news for anyone.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Bah…we we not so lucky :-(