Countless events and companies are affected each day by the Coronavirus pandemic that continues to spread across the world. Rather than run myriad individual articles on each story we come across, we’re combining everything into a single weekly article for you to peruse. Just hopefully we can help make the world feel a little less bleak and a little more happy by keeping Coronavirus news to a minimum.
Capcom employee tests positive for Coronavirus
An employee at Capcom has been diagnosed with Coronavirus, the company announced. This comes as yet another hit on the company that can’t seem to catch a break. First E3 2020 was cancelled in March. They expected to showcase several upcoming titles, but now have to wait until next year. Now this.
The employee tested positive in Capcom’s headquarters of Osaka, Japan. The full details have yet to be released, but Capcom claims to have contained the issue. It is disinfecting the company’s office and investigating anyone else that likely came in contact with the contaminated employee.
The Coronavirus pandemic has affected more than 2,000 people in Japan with approximately 59 deaths so far.
Meyes Leonard hosting 24-hour charity stream on ESPN Twitch
Miami Heat’s center, Meyers Leonard, will be streaming for 24 hours straight on ESPN’s esports Twitch channel. He starts his stream at 1pm EST on Sunday. He’ll be playing titles like Call of Duty, Fortnite, and myriad other titles. However, he won’t be alone in this time. Other athletes, gamers, and celebrity friends will join him throughout this period.
In a statement, Leonard said, “I am blessed and thankful to have a platform that allows me to impact people in a positive way. During this very difficult and uneasy time, my goal is to bring some relief and joy to those in need.” He will be donating $25,000 matched by the NBPA to the cause. The event will fund Feeding America and Feeding America South Florida to help provide food for people affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Check out ESPN Esports’ Twitch channel to watch the stream.
Pro athletes join esports tournament to raise money for Coronavirus relief
While we’re waiting for traditional sports to resume, many people are turning to esports as a replacement form of entertainment. To help pass the time, many organizations are putting together live charitable tournaments, such as this one. The NBA, its player union, and video game publisher 2K Sports, are creating an NBA 2K tournament. This features a list of 16 NBA players such as Kevin Durant, Trae Young, Donovan Mitchell, and Devin Booker.
Although Durant and Mitchell were diagnosed with Coronavirus, Mitchell has since been cleared. Durant is symptom-free, according to the Nets. The tournament starts Friday (today) and runs through April 11. It will be televised on ESPN and ESPN2. The winner may select a charity to receive a $100,000 donation to help Coronavirus relief efforts.
Pokemon Championship Series 2020 canceled due to Coronavirus
This latest announcement doesn’t come as a surprise as myriad events and tournaments have been impacted by the Coronavirus. The Pokemon Company has officially made the call to cancel the 2020 Pokemon Championship series today. The North American portion of the event was scheduled for June 26 through 28 in Columbus, whereas Europe planned to take place August 14 through 16 in London.
As a result, all sanctioned Play! Pokemon events, including Prerelease League Challenge, League Cup, Premier Challenge, and Midseason Showdown, are called off for the foreseeable future. Since there’s no way to gain Championship Points for the remainder of the season, all points earned to this point will be transferred to the 2021 Play! Pokemon Championship Series.
Keep safe and stay indoors everyone! That’s the best way to see this thing through to a quick end.