Dustin Steiner
in Entertainment | Aug, 7th 2020

China seems to be focusing their efforts to return to normalcy as they continue to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, as the country has just announced it’s first live esports event since the epidemic began.

According to Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad, Tencent’s Honor of Kings Finals will have a live Stadium audience, a first since the pandemic struck the country in early 2020 and late 2019. Indeed, this is the first esports event to have a full audience since the pandemic spread west and sent the world plunging into economic and social chaos.

According to Ahmad, the restrictions on the event will include masks and temperature checks for all attendees. Of course, both of these methods will not guarantee that someone asymptomatic will not enter the venue, but forcing masks to be worn should severely limit how much the virus can spread, even at a sporting event. 

The Wukesong Arena has a 19,000 capacity and was originally built for the 2008 Summer Olympics. It’s a multipurpose indoor arena, and is also known as the Cadillac Center for sponsorship purposes. It’s played host to many concerts over the years, including Kanye West, Avril Lavigne, and others. It has also played host to multiple iterations of the NBA Global Games. 

Honor of Kings World Championships Proceeds as Planned

With the Beijing government