In what was an increasingly unavoidable decision, Intel announced today that it has postponed the Olympics-affiliated Intel World Open tournament for Rocket League and Street Fighter V.
The event was slated to span online qualifiers before a live finals in Tokyo this July, with $500,000 total up for grabs by national teams. However, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were officially delayed into July-August 2021 due to the increasing spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and now the tie-in esports event has followed suit.
An update from @IntelGaming regarding the Intel World Open. pic.twitter.com/7YASBTP8nN
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Intel has not yet announced new dates for the event, but given the close ties to the Olympics, we would expect it to take place in the lead-up to next summer presuming the COVID-19 threat is no longer as immediately pressing at that point.
Psyonix also canceled this month’s RLCS Season 9 World Championship, deciding instead to end the season with the online regional championships. The publisher will instead aim to fill the gap in the coming months with further online tournaments, as the incoming Rocket League Spring Series will take place across all four RLCS regions.