The coronavirus (COVID-19) is currently keeping the whole world in suspense, and the current situation is also having a substantial impact on Esports. Large live events, in particular, are affected by cancellations/postponements. Unfortunately, it is currently impossible to predict when an orderly execution of the tournaments in front of an audience can be guaranteed. However, there is still a light at the end of the tunnel, as we will be able to see live events in 2021 once again. Here’s a list of things we think you should watch out for.
League of Legends – Worlds 2021
The LoL world cup 2020 took place in Shanghai from September 25 to October 31, 2020. Due to the strict health regulations, the game was played in one place (venue), so there was no travelling for the players during the event. The final took place in the new Pudong Football Stadium, where the Shanghai SIPG football club’s home games are typically played. For the LoL World Championship 2020, the number of participants was reduced from 24 to 22, and the game format was also adapted to the new circumstances.
The League Of Legends World Cup 2021 will also be played in China, possibly in the Chinese city of Wuhan, to make up for this year. We should also expect the tournament to travel around China, holding different stages in different cities. This is all the information we have till now about the LoL Worlds 2021 as of yet, and even though it is not much, we expect the next World Championship Series to be an epic one.
CS:GO – Intel Extreme Masters XV – World Championship
Following 2020’s IEM Katowice last-minute shenanigans, IEM XV – World Championship is undoubtedly the most anticipated CS:GO event of the season. In 2020, IEM Katowice was cancelled in the last-minute due to restrictions by the Polish authorities, and, of course, for the safety of the masses. A lot of IEM Katowice die-hard fans were left stranded and disappointed, but we hope that even though IEM Masters XV is still labelled as tentative to be held in Katowice, we will be able to see the top CS:GO teams battle it out on the big stage at Katowice in February.
Dota 2 – International 10
The (Dota 2) 10th International was supposed to happen in Sweden from August 18-23, 2020. The event was meant to be held at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm; in which 18 teams would take part in the most important Dota 2 event of the year. In addition to the standard prize money of 25 million US dollars, there was a percentage of in-game sales; and for 2020, the prize pool exceeded the 40 million mark for the first time. But once again, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, The International 2020 was postponed. We’re still unsure whether the next international will keep on building adding to this year’s 40$ million prize-pool; however, we are confident that it is going to be one of the biggest events with one of the greatest prize-pools esports have ever seen.
Fortnite – World Cup
The COVID-19 pandemic has cancelled almost mostly annual events, including the Fortnite World Cup. Epic Games reveals Fortnite match plans, but unfortunately, the tournament was cancelled, and the Fortnite World Cup 2020 was postponed.
Epic Games also came out to say that they will not be holding any offline events in 2021 and will be moving to strictly online events until the pandemic is under control. This leaves us with two possibilities, but it all depends on how well the vaccine is distributed throughout the world. So we could either be getting an offline Fortnite World Cup, which the community seems to prefer or an online Fortnite World Cup.
Most of the esports events were held online in 2020, and there are low to medium chances for offline events in 2021. Although the most significant esports events were online, still, the viewership for every event was in millions, and the esports ecosystem continued to grow exponentially. If you’re looking to see what esports events come next and for the latest coverage on those events, be sure to head over to MEBO.