The series continues. The corona virus is currently causing a series of canceled events around the world. Recently, the gaming and esports scene was also increasingly affected. After the Game Developer Conference (GDC), the Rocket League World Championship , the IEM Katowice , the TwitchCon Amsterdam , the PUBG Global Series in Berlin and the LEC Spring Split Finals in League of Legends, among other things, could not be organized as planned EA responds to the current international health situation.
The publisher behind titles such as FIFA 20 and Apex Legends has bowed to the threat situation and is making numerous adjustments to planned events as a result. Both FIFA and the Battle Royale shooter Apex Legends are affected. We have the changed dates, postponements and cancellations below for you in the overview.
- Apex Legends Global Series – Arlington, Texas – March 13-15 -> postponed
The first major tournament in the Apex Legends Global Series was scheduled to take place in Texas from March 13-15. Among other things, there should also be represented ad hoc gaming as a German team. EA is postponing the event and will later announce a new date for the tournament. The second Apex Legends Global Series online tournament on March 21st and 23rd will take place as planned.
The fans and players of EA’s FIFA are even more affected. From March to May there is only one tournament as planned, while two events have been completely canceled.
- CONMEBOL eLibertadores Online & Live Event – March 7th and 8th -> postponed
As with the Apex Legends Global Series, the tournament, which was supposed to take place in early March, is postponed to an indefinite date that will be announced at a later date. Both the FUT Champions Cup Stage V , which should have taken place in Bucharest from April 3rd to 5th, and the PlayStation Licensed Qualifying Event , which was scheduled for May 2nd and 3rd, were completely canceled .
However, the eChampions League Online Qualifiers can take place on March 14th and 15th as planned. EA still plans to have the matches played as planned, more detailed information on the live event will be published later.
EA, like many other organizers and exhibitors, also emphasizes that the decisions were not easy for them. In the interest of protecting the health of the community, the players, participants and employees, however, it is believed that the changes have made the right choice.
While one continues to closely monitor the situation around the coronavirus and is also based on the guidelines of WHO (World Health Organization) and CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), they will continue to evaluate their own approaches and the competitive events of Inform EA.
In other parts of the industry, Electronic Arts has also canceled many sporting events for Apex Legends and FIFA 20. This occurs after Riot Games has released new rules for League of Legends events, including a handshake ban from Five years, Friday morning.
The Mortal Kombat 11 event was scheduled to begin on March 7 in Illinois. Many of the attendees have already traveled to the event from around the world. However, the company that organizes this event intends to pay for travel and non-refundable accommodation, and recover tickets for the event. Right after these announcements, fans were worried about the money they could lose after canceling the event. Payments only after tickets are a relief to many.
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