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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.

Activision Blizzard
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

Business

Team Heretics separates esports and content with rebrand

Published: 22/Oct/2020 19:03 Updated: 22/Oct/2020 17:09

by Adam Fitch

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Popular Spanish organization Team Heretics have unveiled a new logo and a clear division between their esports and content efforts.

Hoping to transcend the “niche of competition,” Team Heretics places importance on other aspects of gaming like content creation. This is demonstrated by their 1.4m subscribers on YouTube and large roster of creators.

The new logo retains some elements of the old version, ensuring some familiarity. It takes the hooded figure from the original design and incorporates it into a shield, honoring the past of the organization while welcoming a new era.

Interestingly, the new logo bears a resemblance to that of the Los Angeles Guerillas — one of the 12 franchises in the Call of Duty League.

Team Heretics 2021 Jersey
Team Heretics
Team Heretics have a new jersey for the 2021 season.

The decision to split the two departments is uncommon in esports. The standard procedure, like what Team Heretics has done until now, is housing both their competitive endeavors and their entertainers under one identity.

Team Heretics had been successful in using that approach up to this point. The popular Spanish org counts adidas, KFC and G FUEL as partners, among many others. They have almost 800,000 followers on Twitter alone, too, with a hugely dedicated fanbase, particularly in their home country.

Team Heretics Old Logo
Team Heretics
Team Heretics leave their old, well-known logo behind.

Team Heretics houses competitors in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Fortnite, and Rainbow Six Siege, as well as having content creators housed in mansions.

On October 21, the organization released a video showing off their new content creation mansion in Argentina and achieved over 500,000 views in just 24 hours.

There’s always a risk when changing your company’s identity, especially when you have spent years building brand recognition with fans. The jury is out on whether Team Heretics’ passionate legion of fans will accept the new look and approach to esports and entertainment.