Overwatch League workforce Philadelphia Fusion will transfer its workforce operations to Seoul, South Korea, to compete in opposition to Pacific Division groups for the 2021 season, the group introduced through Twitter on Wednesday night. Whereas the group didn’t disclose the explanation behind the transfer, it’s doubtless associated to potential COVID-19 restrictions within the U.S. that could possibly be put in place within the first half of 2021 and its venue, the Fusion Enviornment, nonetheless being beneath building. The workforce issued the next assertion:
“As we proceed to navigate the worldwide pandemic, the Philadelphia Fusion’s workforce operations will briefly relocate to Seoul, South Korea, and can compete in opposition to groups within the Pacific Division through the 2021 Overwatch League season,” the workforce wrote.
“Well being and security stays our high precedence in making this transition and we’re working intently with the Overwatch League and native well being officers to make sure the wellbeing of our gamers, coaches, and employees whereas in Seoul.
“It doesn’t matter what our bodily location, we’ll proceed to deliver a Grand Finals Championship title to our unbelievable Fusion followers and the Metropolis of Brotherly Love.”
In 2019, Comcast Spectacor introduced plans to erect a $50M USD enviornment for the Philadelphia Fusion, and in September of that 12 months it formally broke floor. The Fusion Enviornment will probably be able to internet hosting 3,500 folks and was for use for the Overwatch League 2021 season.
These plans went awry because of the COVID-19 pandemic; in September Comcast advised Sports activities Enterprise Journal that the mission was being placed on maintain. The venue, when full (at a date nonetheless to be decided), will probably be positioned on the South Philadelphia Sports activities Advanced, which can also be the house of Lincoln Monetary Area, Residents Financial institution Park, the Wells Fargo Heart.