Fantasy Flight Games has an update for All Events with regards to COVID-19 and Organized Play for 2020.
We’ve got some unfortunate news coming from FFG regarding Organized play. They are canceling the large-scale events but there is a silver lining.
Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns and the uncertainty surrounding the safety and feasibility of large gatherings around the world, we have decided to cancel all large-scale Organized Play events for our games through the remainder of 2020. This includes the 2020 Prime Championships, System Open, Vault Tour, and Kotei Series events, Grand Championships, Continental Championships, Arkham Nights, and all World Championships.
While we know this decision will disappoint some of our players, our first priority is the health and safety of our community and staff, and the unpredictability of the ongoing pandemic means that we cannot continue to plan for these events with any reasonable degree of confidence.
These events are on hold for 2020. Details are coming for when these events will start up again and may vary from country to country. Keep an eye out for communication from both FFG and your local distribution partner. Where kits are already distributed, the events can go ahead as long as it is safe to do so.
- Store Championships
- Grand Championships
Events on hiatus:
These events are not being planned for the foreseeable future. Our current intention is to bring these events back once we feel it is safe and responsible to do so. We will notify players once these events are brought back.
- Prime Championships
- Continental Championships
- World Championships
- System Opens
- Vault Tours
- VaultWarrior Series
- Kotei Series
- Arkham Nights
- Fellowship Event
For players with an invitation to the 2020 World Championships for one of our games, your invite will be honored for the next World Championship that occurs for that game. Players that have registered for one of the canceled events will receive a refund of their registration or, in some cases, may have the option to have their registration applied to the new date (for postponed events, mainly European SOS, VT, and Kotei events). Registrants for the 2020 Star Wars Destiny World Championships will receive refunds shortly, and registrants for other events should contact the event organizing partner.
Local store level Organized Play will be able to start up again starting September 1st with stores and TOs able to use any kits they have already received. More OP kits for our game lines will start reaching stores in November and a revised schedule for our games for 2021 and beyond will be made public at a later date.
Please stay tuned to our website and social media channels for future updates!
This is a blow to the Organized Play Events for Fantasy Flight Games for sure. But they are prioritizing player safety so it’s not all bad news. These events will come back eventually – but they are on hiatus through 2020.
The good news is that if you had a World Championship spot, that will still be honored in the upcoming season when that occurs. And if you registered for one of the canceled events you’ll be able to get a refund. They also mentioned for some options that you could apply your registration to the postponed event, too.
As for smaller events at local stores those are slated to start up again around September 1st and if stores already have kits, they can use those as well. Just stay safe out there if you a smaller store looking to host events or players looking to attend.
It’s a tough call, but FFG has opted for safety over events and I can’t say I blame them. I’ll be looking forward to next year when things will (hopefully) be back on track and events can start up again.
Stay safe: wear masks in public and wash your hands!