NetherRealm Studios announced that the Final Kombat 2020 tournament has been adjusted, due to concerns over the new coronavirus.
Just a few hours ago, we reported on TwitchCon Amsterdam being canceled. Later on, NetherRealm Studios has decided to cancel their Last Chance Qualifier event scheduled this Saturday and no longer have a live audience at the Final Kombat tournament on Sunday, March 8. Once more, citing the COVID-19 (coronavirus) as the reasoning. Allowing only the staff, and the top 16 players who are competing, entry into the venue.
Putting out a statement from their official twitter, NR laid out an extensive update to this weekend’s festivities. Doing an admirable job in the process of addressing also those who had already bought tickets and how to get a refund. Anyone who had purchased a ticket already is expressing told to not show up to the venue, and that their tickets will be fully funded. In a truly good guy/gal move, NetherRealm is instructing anyone who has purchased general admission/Last Chance Qualifier tickets and noncancelable hotel or airfare to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
— NetherRealm Studios (@NetherRealm) March 6, 2020
Kombatants around the world are still able to get their fill. Final Kombat 2020 is being streamed across all MK11 channels. NetherRealm has also announced that we will be getting our first look at Spawn’s gameplay and the new red band trailer for Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge. A new animated movie that follows the series’ staple character.
The prize pool for Final Kombat 2020 stands at $100,000. First prize will receive $40,000 with second netting $20,000 and third with $10,000. With the remainder of the top 16 players receiving lesser amounts. Contenders this year include the likes of SonicFox, D2Stabs, Dragon, DizzyTT, Tweedy and more, so it should be a great tournament!
With the COVID-19 problem not being a sudden thing, it is surprising that this announcement was held until the 11th hour like this. I applaud NetherRealm for the steps they are taking and understand their reasoning, but waiting until the night before to announce cancellations and such drastic shifts could have been handled better.
Final Kombat will mark the final tournament for the current season of Mortal Kombat 11. The reveal in February that MK11 won’t have a mainstage presence at EVO 2020, means fans will have to wait a bit after this weekend’s events.