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COVID postpones Genesis 8 to April

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The upcoming Super Smash Bros. tournament Genesis 8 has been postponed to April because of the worldwide COVID-19 surge brought upon by the Omicron variant.

Originally scheduled to run later this month from January 28 to 30, the event will now take place from April 15 to 17 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.

“Hey all, we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone G8 to April 15-17 due to COVID and operational concerns. We know this feels abrupt and very close to the event date, but the conditions that necessitated this decision were just as abrupt.” Genesis 8 announced.

“We have taken everything into consideration and made what we believe is the best decision possible for the safety of our attendees, staff, and the quality of the event itself given the circumstances and the timeline.”

Genesis 8, one of the biggest esports fighting game events, also revealed that staff members of the tournament have begged off from because of obvious health concerns.

“Besides safety, we’d also be risking the event not being able to actually function. With our current staff and volunteer numbers, we’re unsure that we would even be able to finish the tournament on time, which would cost us in overages that we simply cannot afford,” wrote Genesis 8.

“Not to mention the enormous detriment to player experience. Several key staff members have dropped out over entirely understandable safety concerns that we realistically cannot solve.”

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