Konami Cancels and Postpones More Yu-Gi-Oh! Tournaments Due to Coronavirus Concerns

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Konami, the videogame developer/publisher of video and card games, has announced the cancellation and postponement of upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! events this year due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic. To sum it up, all the events are either cancelled or postponed, but the good news is that all Duel Links players qualified to participate in either the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship or the World Championship Qualifiers will get invitations for the events next year. Only the National Championships and YCS Pasadena have only been postponed. The World Championship, originally scheduled on August 22-23, was the biggest Yu-Gi-Oh! event cancelled this year

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"As we monitor developments related to this pandemic, we continue to take seriously the guidelines and recommendations put forth by government health authorities and experts," Konami said in a statement. "In keeping with those guidelines and in recognizing our own responsibility to prioritize the health and safety of our entire Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG community, it is with heavy hearts that we announce the following changes to our 2020 events schedule. "We realize the WCQ – National Championships and WCQs are not just the qualifying events for the World Championships, but also an important chance to crown the best in Yu-Gi-Oh! in each country, as well as on each continent. To ensure this opportunity is still afforded to Duelists around the world, we're excited to continue to host National Championships in Latin America and Europe, State Championships in Oceania, as well as host Championships in Central, South and North America along with Europe and Oceania later this year. We will share further details regarding these tournaments in the future. As circumstances evolve, we will continue to communicate with you often and will provide any new information, including updates on the status of postponed and future events, as it becomes available."

You can check out the list of Yu-Gi-Oh! competitive events cancelled or postponed below:

Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship (WCS)

Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2020 (originally August 22-23) is canceled.
All Duel Links players that have qualified for WCS 2020 will receive invitations to compete at WCS 2021.

World Championship Qualifiers (WCQ)

South America WCQ – Quito, Ecuador (originally June 5-7) is canceled.
Central America WCQ – Guadalajara, México (originally June 12-14) is canceled.
North America WCQ – Orlando, Florida (originally June 19-21) is canceled.
Duelists who received invitations to 2020 WCQs will receive invitations to compete at the 2021 WCQs.

WCQ – National Championships

All nationals are postponed.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS)

YCS Pasadena (originally May 23-24) is postponed.

Right now, it's safe to assume Konami will not return with a competitive tournament schedule this year. The changes made in the schedule pretty much kills the majority of the 2020 Yu-Gi-Oh! competitive season.

Wizards of the Coast's Magic: The Gathering also made changes to its competitive schedule recently with the cancellation of its Players Tour events, the Mythic Invitational, and ChannelFireball Events recently also announced the cancellation of mall MagicFest events until July.

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