Hi-Rez's SMITE was slated to take the stage this weekend in its pro esports competitions, however the studio announced today that the broadcasts would be "postponed," without expressly stating why.
The announcement comes on Twitter (via MassivelyOP), and it's not a whole lot of information from the company as to why the entire slate of competition has been shuttered at the last minute.
"All SCC and SPL broadcasts originally schedueld for this weekend have been postponed," the statement on Twitter reads. "We know this is disappointing to our players and fans, and we are deeply sorry. We're unable to provide any further information right now, but will share updates as soon as we can. In the meantime, we thank you all for your continued support and understanding. We look forward to resuming games soon."
An update on all esports broadcasts for this weekend: pic.twitter.com/7uDzBHApme— SmitePro (@SmitePro) May 21, 2021
The last part of the statement itself has brought speculation from fans about what could be serious enough to shutter the entire weekend's events all of a sudden. While the Hi-Rez team does state they will update fans as more info can be shared, there really isn't a timetable for when that will be. Any earlier tweet sent out by the SMITE Pro team indicated that games would be played at a later day, though it also indicated that gameplay would be happening this weekend in its sound off. However, we now know that won't be happening.
? SPL UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are cancelling today's SPL broadcast. Games will be played at a later day. We will release more information on where you can watch these matches soon. pic.twitter.com/EEpm0iHquG— SmitePro (@SmitePro) May 20, 2021