After being unexpectedly postponed on Thursday, May 20, Hi-Rez Studios has announced the reasoning behind its cancellation of the Smite Pro League over the past weekend. The reason was that John Finch, a member of the casting team who joined the League in 2017 has unfortunately passed away at the age of 28.
Speaking about the matter, Stewart Chisam, the CEO of Hi-Rez has stated, "I am devastated to relay the news that John Finch, one of the anchor members of our esports casting team, passed away on Thursday. He was 28 years old.
Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and loved ones."
Chisam also revealed a little more information about how the Smite pro scene will continue, saying, "In honour of John and out of respect for our esports family, note that planned SMITE Pro League and SMITE Challenger Circuit matches for this week have been postponed. We will communicate news at a later time in regards to when and how we will reboot the SPL season."