Activision Blizzard has announced that each one Call of Duty League home series events for 2020 is canceled thanks to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The matches are going to be played online instead and broadcast to fans. Earlier in the week, the corporate canceled all Overwatch League home series events through April.
Nine additional home series events were planned across various cities through June, also because of the All-Star Weekend and season-ending Championship Weekend.
Activision Blizzard will announce new dates for the broadcasts of the web replacement matches.
Call of Duty League has seen firsthand the facility of our live events in our inaugural season. And they can return to the city-based competition ahead of live audiences soon. Because it is safe and logistically possible,” reads a press release post on Twitter.
— Call of Duty League (@CODLeague) March 12, 2020
Fears and threats over the continuing spread of coronavirus have impacted every major title. Yesterday alone, Riot Games declared that the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) and League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) would play their respective in-studio matches without viewers.
Moreover, the Smash World Tour for Super Smash Bros. removed upcoming events from its schedule.
Esports Insider says: Changes to the decision of Duty League schedule were inevitable after the Overwatch League announcement. But this is often a big blow to Activision Blizzard’s new franchised league in its very first season.
Hopefully, the web matches can maintain momentum until home matches become feasible again.