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ESL Makes A Sad Annoucement Due To The Coronavirus

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ESL is an Esports company and organizer that makes one of the biggest tournaments of the world. They have been into for games like Counter-Stike, Dota 2, Overwatch and many more.

Yesterday, ESL made an announcement on their official website and saddened the fans by explaining that the Pro League of Counter-Strike will be playing online this year and finals of the tournament will be played on the studio without an audience, due to the coronavirus.

COVID-19 almost spread all around the world from Wuhan, China.  Over 90K cases have been confirmed and countries like Italy, the United States, and China suffers the most from it.

Here is the statement from ESL:

“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.”

ESL added:

“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 and teams are offering their facilities and boot camp locations to fellow players coming in from other countries and we are doing everything we can to provide the safest environment.”

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