Since the Coronavirus outbreak in China, the world has been put on a strain, especially certain industries like Travel and certain sports events. Financial markets are being put on a strain due to the Coronavirus as well.
Two of the best esports tournaments have been suspended or had similar actions taken place due to the virus.
Riot Games Global Esports Head John Needham announced on Twitter Tuesday night that this event is being held while the outbreak worldwide is being dealt with.
The MSI is a global Spring Split Champion invitational event, serving often as the final warm-up before and after the Summer Split World Cup.
Earlier this month the Chinese League of Legends Pro League (LPL) revealed that it will host online screenings starting on this Wednesday, giving players who are unavailable to practise coronavirus.
After Week 1 on January 26, the League postponed matches.
This outbreak also postponed the commencement of the season of the Legends ‘ Pacific Championship Series, scheduled to begin on February 8. This too needs to be confirmed by a new date.
The Overwatch League postponed games in China and Korea and has not yet announced their launch.
IEM Katowice 2020
The IEM Katowice playoffs will be played without an audience because of the concern of the Silesian Governor during the outbreak of coronavirus, it was announced.
The decision was taken when no reported coronavirus cases were identified in Poland, and it was promising that the event will continue as planned, despite assurances from the Katowice City and ESL voices.
ESL approaches ticket holders regularly to ensure that the fares are reimbursed entirely in compliance with the order of the Silesian Governor.
Has Coronavirus affected the entire esports industry?
The esports industry has been rapidly growing, passing industries like hockey, the social aspects of the esports industry ‘tournaments’ like IEM and ESL have a huge impact on the esports industry. These tournaments see millions of viewer figures and hundreds of esports betting sites offer bets and have live streaming services.
Many aspects of the industry are expected to take a hit.