Teams have known for a while that IPL 6, originally scheduled to commence on March 28th, has been cancelled following Ziff-Davis’ acquisition of the eSports league. Now official word comes from David Ting, IGN’s General Manager of eSports, that the event has been called off.
“When we launched IPL two years ago,” said a statement from Ting, “the eSports landscape was very different with far fewer events than we have now. Now there are more tournaments than ever before competing for people’s time and attention, so we’re no longer in a position to commit the resources required to run another major independent event.”
The complete statement is available on IGN, and offers details about how IPL ticket-holders can go about getting their money refunded. Meanwhile IGN continues to look for a buyer for the eSports league.
According to IPL StarCraft caster and marketing manager Kevin Knocke on Twitter, IPL is still going to be attending SXSW later this week, and fans of the endangered eSports league may hear about their future plans “very, very soon.”