EA Suspends All Competitive Gaming Live Events Due To Coronavirus
Concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic have hit the esports community as well. On Friday, EA announced it is suspending live events in its competitive gaming series, EA-operated events and third-party events that are operated under the EA license. Included in the suspension are the Apex Legends Global Series, EA Sports FIFA 20 Global Series, FIFA Online 4 Live Events and Madden NFL 20 Championship Series.
Describing the ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak as “unprecedented,” Electronic Arts announced today that it is suspending all live events in its competitive gaming series, including the Apex Legends Global Series, EA Sports FIFA 20 Global Series, FIFA Online 4 Live Events, and Madden NFL 20 Championship Series, indefinitely.
“Our priority is protecting our competitors, our employees, our partner’s employees and our communities. As we continue to monitor the situation around the coronavirus and receive updated guidance from health officials around the world, we will use this time to determine next steps for moving forward with all of EA’s Competitive Gaming live events and online broadcasts.”
“This includes EA-operated events as well as third-party events run under license from EA,” the company said. “Additionally, this includes all competitive gaming content except for broadcasts that can be individually produced remotely.”
“Online events, where participants and staff are remote and separated will continue. This suspension of events and broadcasts will start today, March 13th, and will be in effect until the global coronavirus situation improves.”
The announcement did clarify “broadcasts that can be individually produced remotely” and “online events where participants and staff are remote and separated” will continue as scheduled.
The news comes amidst a string of high-profile cancellations, postponements, and changes related to the alarming spread of the coronavirus. Notably, E3 2020 was canceled Wednesday, Pokemon Go implemented changes to encourage social-distancing, and Disney postponed seven live-action productions.
We’re maintaining a roundup of esports competitions and other gaming events that have been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak that you can keep up with here. For more information on the Covid-19 coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control for updates in North America, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, or the World Health Organization.