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IGN to cancel IPL6 eSports tournament, says report

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The IGN Pro League 6 eSports tournament scheduled to take place in Las Vegas later this month will be canceled, according to a report from GameSpot, citing sources.

GameSpot reports tournament sponsors are having promotional products returned to them ahead of IPL6 and certain qualifying tournaments have been canceled. The tournament is still currently scheduled to take place at the Cosmopolition of Las Vegas on March 28 to 31, and feature pro players competing in StarCraft 2, League of Legends and ShootMania Storm.

If accurate, the tournament's cancellation could leave some pro players and spectators with plane tickets and hotel rooms purchased for an event that no longer exists.

When contacted, a representative for IGN and IPL declined to comment on the reported cancellation of the IPL6 tournament. The Cosmopolitan, which is still accepting purchases for spectator and VIP tickets, told Polygon that the tournament has not been canceled by event organizers.

IPL6's reported impending cancellation may be a result of IGN's effort to "simplify and focus." Vivek Shah, CEO of IGN owner Ziff Davis, wrote in a letter to employees last month that the company is "actively engaged in parties interested in acquiring IPL."

"IGN's role going forward will be to broadcast and cover a variety of eSports events," Shah wrote, rather than manage its own league.

In February, Ziff Davis announced it was closing down its GameSpy, 1UP and UGO websites, focusing its efforts on IGN and AskMen.