Update (Fri 3rd Jul, 2020 05:15 BST): EVO 2020's online replacement tournament has now been officially cancelled.

The CEO, Joey Cuellar, will no longer be involved with the event after serious allegations of sexual misconduct. Tony Cannon will be replacing him in this role.

Below is the full statement from the tournament's Twitter account:

EVO statement
Image: @EVO

As noted, refunds will be issued to all players who have purchased a band, and donations (as promised) will still go towards the international health care organisation, Project HOPE.

This follows on from several publishers withdrawing their support - including NetherRealm, Bandai Namco, and Capcom. Commentators have also pulled out of this year's online-only event.

Here's Cuellar's own statement via Twitter:

I'm sorry. I never meant to hurt anyone. I was young and reckless and did things I'm not proud of. I have been growing and maturing over the past 20 years, but that doesn't excuse anything. All I have been trying to do is become a better person. Once again, I'm truly sorry.

Original article (Sat 2nd May, 2020 04:45 BST): In March, we heard how this year's EVO Championship series in North America would be "moving forward" with its plans. Now, like every other gaming event at this point, it's been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The announcement was made on the official EVO Twitter account. As previously promised, all arena tickets and hotel room reservations will be refunded. To make up for this, an online event will take its place this summer. More information about this will be revealed soon.

Evo Update

EVO locked in its games line-up for this year at the start of February. Apart from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the other fighters included were Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r], Dragon Ball FighterZ, Samurai Shodown, Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, Soul Calibur VI, Granblue Fantasy Versus and Marvel vs. Capcom 2.

We'll let you know when details about the new online event are released.

[source gamespot.com]