Riot Games has canceled the live gameplay demo events for its upcoming tactical shooter Valorant scheduled from March 10-12 due to concerns over the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak worldwide.
The demo events were originally set to be held in Riot’s headquarters in Los Angeles and satellite office in Barcelona. They would have been used to show off Valorant to professional players, streamers, and content creators, as well as capture promotional material for the game.
Insider Rod “Slasher” Breslau also revealed an email by Riot to the would-be attendees of the demo event that shows they are currently working on a “digital solution” to let them demo Valorant from home.
“As a company, we need to stand by our policy of putting players first, and unfortunately this means we have to steer away from our original plans to meet you in person at our event,” Riot said in its email.
Riot officially unveiled Valorant on March 2, confirming that the game will be a free-to-play, tactical five-versus-five shooter, set for release this Summer.
The global esports industry has been heavily disrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak.