ESL Proleague changes its live matches to online due to health concerns following the Corona Virus as a global pandemic.
ESL has taken the safe choice to not risk the event and its attendees and have announced that the finals will now not be in Denver. Instead, it will be at Studio Location.
“We have been closely monitoring the daily developments in regards to the global health situation and want to be as transparent with you, the fans, as possible.
In light of the current dynamics regarding COVID-19, we have made the decision to play the regular season matches of ESL Pro League Season 11 online, and are moving the finals from 1STBANK CENTER, Denver to a studio location without a live audience 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. We fully support all measures aimed at containing the COVID-19 dynamics as much as possible.
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.
Because of this, instead of having over a hundred players, coaches, team members and ESL staff in a single location over multiple weeks, teams and players will be playing their matches either from home, team houses or in suitable boot camp locations in Europe and play out their matches on dedicated online servers.
The big majority of teams are already in Europe as we speak. All of the teams and the CSPPA have been extremely supportive. Teams are offering their facilities and boot camp locations to fellow players coming in from other countries. Concludingly, we are also doing everything we can to provide the safest environment.
In order to further ensure the health and safety of our players, staff and fans alike, we are also moving the Denver finals to a studio location in Europe to minimize the overall travel and mitigate the risk for potential travel restrictions.
We are deeply sorry to all fans who have been looking forward to seeing the Finals in Denver. We are hoping to bring an event there soon. Needless to say, we will refund all tickets and fans will be receiving further instruction from 1STBANK Center shortly. -Your ESL Pro League Team.”
Viewers can check the latest on the Proleague on their official website. It consists of all the information of the teams, the format, and has the official statement. Fans can still be able to catch all the action online as it subsides better news than full cancellation of the matches. The global pandemic has affected almost every open mass event and has reached alarming cases.
It shall further be observed when the disease shall be controlled and live events safely being held are an option again.