The Overwatch League have announced that the Chinese homestands for February and March will be cancelled. This affects one homestand each hosted by the Shanghai Dragons Shanghai Dragons OWL Rank #1 and Hangzhou Spark Hangzhou Spark OWL Rank #9 , as well as three homestands by the Guangzhou Charge Guangzhou Charge OWL Rank #5 .
According to separate Weibos made by the individual teams, the Dragons and the Spark will be offering full refunds to customers who have purchased tickets to the cancelled homestands. The Dragons have also promised a much larger venue to accommodate more fans in their next homestand in July, while the Spark have offered to transfer tickets from their February homestand to their June homestand.
As of writing, the Guangzhou Charge have not made any announcements about the tickets for their cancelled homestands.
The cancellation follows the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak that has affected the whole of China, with thousands infected across the country. The Dragons and the Chengdu Hunters have also announced their contingency plans in response to the outbreak.
Update regarding the safety of our team and our plan moving forward. pic.twitter.com/VQRv7FlAuW— Shanghai Dragons (@ShanghaiDragons) January 29, 2020
Statement regarding the recent coronavirus outbreak in China. We will keep our fans updated as our plans develop. pic.twitter.com/WyJRSbXfmJ— Chengdu Hunters (@ChengduHunters) January 29, 2020
The two teams follow the Charge, who had announced their plans earlier. Both the Dragons and the Charge will be moving their team operations to Korea, while the Hunters will remain in China, albeit while taking precautions. The Hunters do not have any personnel from Korea. Only the Spark have not publicized their plans for the team as of writing.
No details about the state of the matches at the cancelled homestands were announced. In total, 27 matches will be affected. According to the League post, details will be announced at a later date.
The League is now down to six Chinese homestand events that will only begin in June. The Hunters and Charge have two homestands each, while the Dragons and Spark are down to one each.
UPDATE: The Guangzhou Charge have now announced that they will offer full refunds of their cancelled homestands They have also offered transferring tickets from the cancelled homestands in February and March to the later ones in July.