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Coronavirus: How the outbreak has effected esports

Published: 12/Mar/2020 17:49 Updated: 13/Mar/2020 21:54

by Scott Robertson

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The Coronavirus situation has had a drastic effect on numerous tournaments and events across the entire esports and gaming scene. Here’s a full, detailed list of what’s happened so far.

The global outbreak of COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, has reached ‘pandemic’ status according to the World Health Organization.

It’s already wreaked havoc on the world of professional video games, with numerous events being canceled, postponed, or altered in some way. Here’s the full breakdown, by game, of the effects so far.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

One of CS:GO’s biggest organizers in ESL took a massive hit in Februrary, when the local government retracted permission to host a crowd for the playoffs of IEM Katowice.

Since then, both the ESL Pro League and the new FLASHPOINT league, have had to not just compete with each other, but now with the effects of Coronavirus.

Both leagues have had to move their playoffs from arenas to closed studios, and fans are not permitted to watch regular-season matches in-studio.

League of Legends

Numerous LoL leagues have been affected as well. The LCK in Korea initially started playing matches in their studio without a crowd before postponing the season altogether. LPL in China was on hiatus until March 9, with matches now taking place solely online and only after players do through a 14-day quarantine.

The European LEC moved its Spring Finals from an arena in Budapest, Hungary to the smaller LEC Studio in Berlin, Germany. Just before going live on March 13, they announced that the remainder of the season had been postponed.

The North American LCS has barred fans and press from attending Spring Split matches, while a decision regarding the Spring Finals in Frisco, Texas hasn’t been made yet. The Mid-Season Invitational has also been postponed.

Overwatch League

All Overwatch League homestand events have been canceled for the months of March and April. Prior to the league-wide cancellation, homestands in Korea, China, and Paris had been canceled on their own.

OWL commissioner followed up on the initial announcement with a clarification that matches will still take place and will be broadcast, but not in front of a live crowd.

Rocket League

The Rocket League World Championships event in Dallas, Texas, scheduled for April 24-26, has also been canceled.

The RLCS announced that its Regional Championships would serve as the competitive pinnacle for season nine, and added $250,000 to its prize pool.

Call of Duty

On March 12, Call of Duty League announced that all home series events for 2020 had been canceled.

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Official statement from CDL.

In an official press release, CDL confirmed that all matches will take place online and will still be broadcast.

Apex Legends, FIFA, and others

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Chipotle Challenger Series 2020: Tune-in, teams, format – stream

Published: 4/Dec/2020 2:00 Updated: 4/Dec/2020 2:11

by Calum Patterson

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The Chipotle Challenger Series returns for the final event of 2020, as Fortnite players are set to go head-to-head against a star-studded list of influencers and pro players, and win big prizes.

This is the fourth edition of the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series, and surprise teams won the previous tournaments, so we could see another repeat this time around. The qualifiers are all wrapped up, so it’s now time to look ahead to the finale.

The Top 4 teams from the qualifiers have advanced to the finale, which begins on December 8.

Chipotle Challenger Series Stream

You can tune-in to watch the action unfold, starting on December 8 at 3pm PST / 6pm EST, on Chipotle’s official Twitch channel.

Who’s playing?

The fourth Chipotle Challenger series features another star-studded lineup of contestants, who the four qualified teams will be playing against.

Streamers / Pro Players

  • Bugha
  • Mongraal
  • Clix
  • NickEh30
  • Nate Hill
  • Ewok
  • Ronaldo
  • ARKHRAM
  • Rehx
  • EpikWhale
  • dubs
  • Reverse2K
  • Emad
  • Zexrow

Celebrities / Athletes

  • Juju Smith-Schuster
  • Tyler Joseph (Twenty One Pilots)
  • Jagger Eaton
  • Heimana Reynolds

Format

Qualifiers

In the Chipotle Challenger Series Fortnite event, there were four qualifiers for teams of three to try to get through. Teams scored one point for each elimination they earned, as well as points for placing.

  • Up to 1000 trio teams
  • Private lobbies for a 3-hour play window
  • Ladder system that allows registrants to play for the whole 3-hour window

Finale

Qualifying teams now have the chance to go head to head in a private lobby with teams of streaming superstars, celebrities and athletes.

  • Top 4 teams from each qualifier advance
  • 17 teams of invited talent
  • Private lobby
  • 5-game series

Chipotle Challenger Series Prize Pool

A total of $50,000 in prize money is up for grabs. But, that’s not all – as with previous events, the top three teams also secure themselves free burritos for a year!

    • 1st: $30,000 + free burritos for 1 year
    • 2nd: $15,000 + free burritos for 1 year
    • 3rd: $5,000 + free burritos for 1 year

Previous Chipotle Challenger Series results

Here’s a look back at how previous events in the Chipotle Challenger series have finished.

Chipotle Warzone Challenge #1 – April 30

Here are the top-10 placing teams for the first Chipotle Challenger Series event. The winners, a surprise team, actually had to go through the qualifier stages to make it to the main event.

Full results & tournament recap

Chipotle Warzone Challenge #2 – July 16

As with the first Challengers Series tournament, the second event on July 16 also featured a relatively unknown pair of Warzone players top the star-studded list of participants, taking home $25,000 and a year’s worth of burritos.

Full results, highlights & recap

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Chipotle Fortnite Challenge Results – October 1

This time, though, the winners were a little less shocking as Furious, Ronaldo, and illest took home the grand prize – $50,000 and a year’s worth of free Chipotle burritos!

The Trio blitzed through to first place with three extremely high scoring games out of their five in the grand finals. 77 points pushed them just ahead of the second-best team on the day by a total of three points.

Full results & tournament recap.

Chipotle Challenger Series event
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A look at the top three Trios at the end of the Chipotle Challenger Series event.

What is the Chipotle Challenger Series?

The Chipotle Challenger Series first launched last year at DreamHack in Dallas, TX and is now virtual for 2020 with an online tournament that gives every fan across the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to join the competition and prove their skills in some of the world’s most popular games.

A live-broadcasted Finale is held, featuring the top-performing teams from the Qualifiers up against the streamers and celebrities.

These teams have the opportunity to go head-to-head against fan-favorites in esports as well as Chipotle-fan gamers in sports, music, and entertainment.

Some of the big names that took part in the first tournament of the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series included award-winning DJ Steve Aoki, actors Finn Wolfhard, Jerry Ferrara, Colton Underwood, and Cameron Fuller, esports players Tommey, Rallied, Shane ‘ShAnE’ McKerral, and Crowder, streamers ItzWarsz, Symfuhny, Di3seL, TSM Diego, and HusKerrs, YouTuber FaZe Swagg, baseball players Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, and Joey Gallo, DJ-Gamer CRAY, USA Hockey’s Hilary Knight, elite basketball prospects James Wiseman, R.J. Hampton, and Tre Jones, U.S. Soccer’s Allie Long, and athlete Demi Bagby.

Chipotle and esports

This is far from Chipotle’s first foray into the world of esports. In 2017 the company made headlines as one of OpTic Gaming’s main sponsors and the Chipotle logo was on proud display when the organization’s Call of Duty roster took home the trophy at the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship.

The Challenger Series first kicked off at DreamHack Dallas, where players duked it out on PUBG, before moving to Fortnite for the second event at DreamHack Atlanta.

In 2018 Chipotle became a title sponsor of Team SoloMid’s competitive Fortnite roster, specifically the TSM Fortnite house in California. This has led to various collaborations, including one of the world’s most recognized streamers, Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani, creating his own burrito inside a Chipotle store.

 

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