Every Esports Event Affected by the Coronavirus

A list of every esports event affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
A list of every esports event affected by the coronavirus outbreak. / Photo courtesy of lolesports flickr

While the world deals with COVID-19 pandemic, esports and gaming events across the globe have been canceled, postponed, or moved to an online format. Fans of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, Call of Duty, League of Legends, and every game imaginable have been affected by the outbreak.

While esports events are low on the priority list of things which need to happen, it still affects the livelihood of thousands of employees across the world. So here is a list of all esport events which have been altered in some manner because of the Coronavirus.

The Overwatch League - Overwatch

The league went through the process of many different esports, first moving to fan-less matches, to now online matches. The Overwatch League will play its March and April matches in an online-only format. The first matches under the new system will take place on March 21.

Call of Duty League - Modern Warfare

The Call of Duty League will be completed online after the suspension of homestand events. As with many leagues, a timeline of when things will return to normal is unknown. Expect more information as the months go on.

LPL - League of Legends

The LPL was the first league in League of Legends to make a decision based on the coronavirus when they postponed Week 2. Since then, the LPL returned on March 9 in a complete online mode as they took every precaution for their players and staff safety.

LEC - League of Legends

The LCS and LEC both made decisions to continue the spring split behind closed doors, but after a LEC staff member was believed to have been exposed to the virus, the LEC has decided to suspend the spring split until further notice.

UPDATE - 3/17/20

The LEC will play the rest of the Spring Split remotely online, with matches resuming March 20.

LCS - League of Legends

At the time of writing, the LCS has yet to follow their European counterpart, and has instead kept with their no fan policy. The LCS is still deciding whether the spring split finals will be played in Texas or the LCS Studios.

UPDATE - 3/17/20

The LCS and its Academy league will return March 21 with online matches.

LCK - League of Legends

League of Legends Champions Korea suspended the spring split indefinitely and was one of the first leagues to make the decision.

UPDATED - 3/17/20

The LCK will likely end its suspension by the end of March and move to an online format.

League of Legends Champions Korea will likely end its suspension by moving to an all-online format by the end of March, ESPN reported Monday.

EPL Season 11 Finals - CS:GO

The ESL Pro League Season 11 finals was going to be played in Denver, Colorado, but ESL has decided to move the finals to a studio location. The entire season will also be played online.

Masters Tour Los Angeles - Hearthstone

The Hearthstone event will take place entirely online after the tournament was moved from Indonesia to Los Angeles. Blizzard is still assessing Masters Tour: Jönköping and whether things will change for the tournament set in June.

FIFA 20 Global Series Events - FIFA 20

EA is suspending all EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series events until further notice. This doesn't just include EA-operated events, but also third-party events, and will include online events and qualifiers as well.

PGS Berlin: Americas Qualifier - PUBG

PUBG Esports has postponed the PGS Berlin: Americas qualifier indefinitely. Korea and Japan will finish their qualifiers online as originally planned.

Play! Pokémon Events - Pokémon

Four events in Toronto, Charlotte, Santa Catarina, and Salt Lake City have all been canceled.

  • Mississauga/Toronto Regional Championships: March 13-15
  • Charlotte Regional Championships : March 20-22
  • Regional de Pokémon de Joinville em Santa Catarina 2020: March 28-29
  • Salt Lake City Pokémon Regional Championships: April 4-5

ESL One Los Angeles - Dota 2

ESL has postponed ESL One Los Angeles which was set to take place on March 15 to 22.

NBA 2K League - NBA 2K20

The NBA 2K League 2020 season will be postponed indefinitely.

Flashpoint - CS:GO

Flashpoint will be postponed while the league sets up the team houses to handle online matches. The league will then continue in an online format.