Genesis Eight has been postponed due to health and safety concerns surrounding the Omicron variant of COVID-19, in addition to concerns about how the event will actually work.
Genesis was originally set to return after a one-year hiatus from January 28-30, but the team behind the event have now pushed it to April 15-17 at the same location, the Convention Center. SJ McEnery Conference in San Jose.
Genesis is one of the biggest fighting game events and often the biggest Super Smash Bros. tournament every year, but the tournament has not been able to run at its normal time frame for the past two years due to COVID. And now, just two weeks before the event returns, it has been pushed back once again.
“We know this seems abrupt and so close to the event date, but the conditions necessary for this decision were just as abrupt,” said Team Genesis. “We took everything into consideration and made the best decision possible for the safety of attendees, staff, and the quality of the event depending on the circumstances and schedule.”
According to the update, current employees are also unsure if they will be able to run the event with current volunteers without exceeding its set timeframe. With numbers short and some key employees reportedly choosing not to attend due to health reasons, Team Genesis was worried that running the G8 from January 28 to January 30 would be a big gamble.
That, along with more than half of the event’s vendors and a growing number of competitors asking for refunds, could put Genesis’ future in jeopardy without this delay. , even if the team had to cover operating costs in doing so.
“By deferring, we will incur costs in the six-figure range,” said the Genesis Team, “Any other alternative would close the door for us and we wouldn’t be able to make an sue Genesis again. Thankfully, we’re lucky to have a venue that can accommodate us and move the event to a viable date, which not all of these omicron peak activity events have the chance to do, and they I ask you to extend your understanding towards them. “
This delay could actually be good for the event, as some players plan to skip the event due to health-related issues. If the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic improves in April, attendance could increase compared to what would have been if the G8 had kept its original dates.
https://dotesports.com/fgc/news/genesis-8-postponed-to-april-15-due-to-covid-operational-concerns Genesis 8 postponed to April 15 due to COVID, ‘operational’ concerns