The COVID-19 virus has upended the world, with esports being no exception. Similar to the traditional sports industry, most live esports and videogame events and conferences have been postponed indefinitely or canceled for 2020.
These suspensions have had a massive and immediate impact on the esports industry. Numerous companies are laying off staff and postponing events for the foreseeable future, voiding ticket sales, concessions, sponsorships and other bottom-line critical event revenue streams.
However, true to the competitive nature of videogames, several esports companies are utilizing their ability to move events from the real world to the online world as a means to keep calm, carry on, and help others in need.
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