Nintendo Announces Overwatch Launch Event Canceled by Blizzard

Nintendo Announces Overwatch Launch Event Canceled by Blizzard

Blizzard has canceled the special launch event for Overwatch that was to take place tomorrow at Nintendo New York.

Overwatch is to launch on Nintendo Switch today, but in celebration of the Legendary Edition of the game launching onto the platform, there was a special event due to take place on October 16 in New York. However, Blizzard has now canceled that event.

Earlier this month on October 8, Nintendo New York announced that a launch event for Overwatch was taking place on October 16 at the Nintendo store in New York. Those without reservations could attend the event from 4:30pm – 5:30PM, while those with reservations would be able to attend the event at 5:30pm to 7pm.

The first 150 fans to sign up for the reserved slots would get to meet voice actors featured in Overwatch. When they arrive on-site on October 16 they have to present their Warp Pipe Pass to enter the event and get hands-on with the game and meet the voice actors.

However, in a Tweet published earlier today, Nintendo has announced that Blizzard has canceled the event that was due to take place tomorrow for both reserved players and the general public.

The official Blizzard account and Overwatch account has not published anything explaining the reasoning behind the cancellation. Although, there’s a good chance that the cancelation comes from the recent events surrounding Blizzard’s reaction to Ng “blitzchung” Wai Chung, a popular Hearthstone esports player who expressed a political statement in support of Hong Kong.

Blitzchung, in a post-match interview after a Hearthstone Grandmasters stream, said, “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age!” This references the protests that have been taking place in Hong Kong since June earlier this year. Blitzchung’s political statement was found to be in violation of the 2019 Hearthstone Grandmasters Official Rules, and as such Blizzard suspended him from Hearthstone esports for a full year and took back any prize money he had won.

After that, there was some outrage that came about surrounding the way Blizzard handled the situation which prompted a response from Blizzard eventually, however, the response to the statement hasn’t been taken well by the online community.

There has been no indication that the launch event will be pushed to another date, and it seems fans won’t be able to meet the voice actors of Overwatch as a result.

Overwatch is still launching onto Nintendo Switch today. It is also available on PS4 Xbox One, and PC.