Psyonix has cancelled the live event scheduled for the Rocket League Season 9 World Championship at the Curtis Curwell Center in Dallas, Texas. The event was scheduled to take place from Friday, April 24th - Sunday, April 26th, but was cancelled due to the fast-growing number of reported cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States.
Psyonix announced the live event was being cancelled on the morning of Thursday, March 5 on the official website of Rocket League esports. This is the most recent of many worldwide esports being postponed, closed to the public, or outright cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The full statement, which includes information on ticket refunds and the evaluation of format adjustment now that the World Championship has been cancelled, can be read as follows:
"At Psyonix, we take the safety of our competitive players, fans, and personnel very seriously. Due to worldwide health concerns surrounding the developing situation around the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are cancelling the Rocket League Season 9 World Championship live event as scheduled from April 24-26 in Dallas, Texas. We understand that this is frustrating, but health and safety will always be our top priority.
For fans that bought tickets to attend the event at the Curtis Culwell Center through the ETIX website, a refund will be granted automatically to your card in full, including all fees. There will also be an automatic refund for any fans who pre-purchased parking passes. If you haven’t received a refund by Wednesday, March 11, you can contact ETIX support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you bought a ticket from a third-party retailer, please contact them directly with refund requests. Regarding the previously announced attendee in-game Wheel, in April, we will email codes (one per ticket) to those that bought tickets via ETIX.
The remainder of Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) Season 9 League Play will be played as scheduled to the Regional Championships and Promotion Tournament. We’re evaluating all options to replace World Championship play. Once we have more information to share, we'll update everyone.
There will also be changes to our weekly broadcasts for RLCS and the Rival Series. As the health and wellbeing of our broadcast talent is also of utmost importance, we'll be moving the broadcast completely online for the remainder of the season beginning this week.
You'll still be able to watch RLCS and Rival Series matches Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as usual, but the broadcast talent will not be in-studio. Additionally, we are actively working with our partners in Oceania and South America in order to ensure the health and safety of players and personnel there as well and we’ll share updates accordingly.
As mentioned before, the safety and health of our professional players, personnel, and fans will continue to be our first consideration as we navigate our future plans. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we explore the best options moving forward. We are still looking forward to producing the highest level of competitive Rocket League for fans around the world, and hope you join us as we move Season 9 online."
At this time, no further specifics have been revealed on how the competitive format of Rocket League Season 9 will have to be adjusted by Psyonix.