2020 Fortnite World Cup canceled, Epic Games announces

The 2020 Fortnite World Cup has been canceled, and all planned offline events for Fortnite will be held online, the game's developer announced Thursday. Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

The Fortnite World Cup has been canceled for 2020, and all remaining Fortnite events for the year will be held online, Fortnite developer Epic Games announced Thursday.

The cancellations of offline events are the result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Fortnite World Cup brings in qualifiers from around the globe, and regional server distance would not allow for such a competition to take place in an online setting.

"Physical Events - For the rest of 2020, all Fortnite competitions will be held online," the company announced on Fortnite Competitive, its esports Twitter account. "Due to the limitations of cross region online competition, there will not be a Fortnite World Cup in 2020."

Epic has continued its schedule of online activations in the competitive space and otherwise, however. The developer had previously announced the online Fortnite Champion Series Invitational, featuring past champions and invited competitors, with a $2 million prize pool. The company also set an in-game participation record for its recent concert series with rapper Travis Scott, which saw 12.3 million concurrent players on Day 1 and ended with 28 million unique visitors to the game for the 15-minute concert experience across multiple showtimes.