Back in July, we had announced about postponing all FFTCG events for the foreseeable future due to the safety concerns over COVID-19. While this likely comes as no surprise, we unfortunately need to formally announce the cancellation of the 2020 FFTCG event season.
The following events are no longer postponed and are officially cancelled:
- 2020 FFTCG Crystal Cups
- 2020 FFTCG Regional Events
- 2020 FFTCG National Events
- 2020 FFTCG European Championship
- 2020 FFTCG World Championship
Our original hope was that we would be able to pick up with events soon, with the World Championship rescheduled to early 2021, and some form of revised structure for events happening before it. Now that events still will not be safe for some time, we feel it is better to wipe the slate clean and start fresh once it is safe to do so. Any new events in Europe will be announced later when Square Enix believes it is safe to do so. While we are also anxious to get back to official FFTCG events, the safety of our players and staff will always take priority.
This does also mean that other regions may have events start up again before Europe does. Additionally, as to not encourage travel during the pandemic, players from outside the region where an event is taking place may not be permitted to participate.
We will announce a return to events as soon as it is determined. Please keep posted here on fftradingcardgame.com, and our official Facebook page at facebook.com/fftcgeurope for more information as it is available.
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Will future events follow the same structure announced for 2020?
On top of the pandemic being an issue in Europe, many stores have either closed or restructured, and don’t have the same capabilities to hold large events that they may have previously been able to if the pandemic were over.
Because of this, we will need to assess what that means for FFTCG events, and how our approach in Europe may need to change in a post-COVID environment. We would very much love to have Crystal Cups, Regionals and Nationals as previously announced, but it is hard to say that anything is definitive at this time.
What formats will be played when events resume?
This also, unfortunately, falls under us having to wait and see before a decision can be made.
Will the next World Championship still be in Singapore?
Much like European events, the slate is being cleared globally across the board. This means that the next location for the World Championship will be announced later when we can announce a return of the World Championship.
I saw Japan announced Masters events, can I travel to participate in those events?
Space will be limited at those events and tickets for the event will not be first come first served. Players from within the area will be given priority to purchase tickets, so if you are not living in Japan, you will not be permitted to obtain a ticket.
What happens to all qualifications from the 2020 Season?
With a few Regionals being played already, we sadly have to announce that the BYEs for the Nationals are no longer valid, we do not know how the next Championship series will look like and this would be too difficult to track and manage. However, the qualification for the European Championship earned on the first Grand Open and the Spanish Crystal Cup as well as Ruben’s win on the 2019 European Championship will be moved to next Season. The same goes for Evan’s qualification for the World Championship for winning the first and only 2020 Crystal Cup.