The annual Copenhagen Games esports festival has officially been cancelled. The event normally features many different games with players coming from around the world to participate. However, increased travel restrictions and large gathering bans in Denmark have rendered the Copenhagen Games an impossibility. The event was planned for April 8th – 11th.
Though hardly a surprise, it's still with a heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of Copenhagen Games 2020.
Full statement: https://t.co/s6pD7qdChQ
Stay safe, gamers. 🧡 pic.twitter.com/iEHfUIRV9a
— Copenhagen Games (@copenhagengames) March 24, 2020
The Copenhagen Games held their first tournament in 2010. The event has been running every year since without fail. This cancellation on their 10th anniversary must be extra bitter for the organizers and attendees alike. In their statement, CEO Zahid Butt says: “This is a necessary step in the fight against COVID-19. Health comes first, even if we have to say goodbye to doing things we love.”
Every guest and player attending the event will be able to get a refund on the Copenhagen Games website. The announcement ends on a hopeful note: “We are still looking for any way to postpone the event, or maybe to do parts of Copenhagen Games 2020 online. We will return with more info later.”
Copenhagen Games’ main event has always been their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournaments. Despite the COVID-19 epidemic putting a halt to multiple CS:GO LAN tournaments, many of them have been continued online. Although the experience of attending a giant LAN party will be lost, the esports side of CG could remain intact.