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ESL Pro League Season 11 to be Played Online, Finals Moved to Studio Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

ESL Pro League Season 11's regular season will be played entirely online because of coronavirus concerns
ESL Pro League Season 11's regular season will be played entirely online because of coronavirus concerns | Courtesy of ESL

ESL Pro League Season 11's regular season will take place entirely online to minimize the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), ESL announced Wednesday. The ESL also moved the finals from the 1stBank Center in Denver, Colorado to an audience-free studio location in Europe.

"This decision was largely motivated by the fact that Malta, the country of our originally planned studio location, has instituted a wide range of travel restrictions and quarantine regulations as of today," the ESL said in its announcement.

"These travel restrictions have made it impossible for a large amount of staff and the majority of teams to make their way to the planned season location."

Competing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams will play either from home, team houses or boot camp locations in Europe on dedicated online servers. Some teams have offered their facilities to other players in the competition.

Refunds will be issued to fans who purchased tickets pending communications from the 1stBank Center.

"We are deeply sorry to all fans who have been looking forward to seeing the Finals in Denver and are hoping to bring an event there soon," the ESL wrote.

COVID-19 has disrupted several other esports events across games. Riot Games suspended League of Legends Champions Korea indefinitely and postponed the Mid-Season Invitational, and the Paris Eternal cancelled its Overwatch League homestand events.