Amid the chaos of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, Activision Blizzard Esports has announced the cancellation of all currently-scheduled Call of Duty League Home Series events. The league will be moving to an online-only format for the foreseeable future to prevent any health risks to fans and players alike; However, these events will be live broadcasted for those interested in viewing, despite the lack of a live experience.
The health and safety of employees, fans, players, teams, and partners is paramount to Activision Blizzard Esports. We are continuing to closely monitor COVID-19 (coronavirus), city-level recommendations and mandates, and all guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
After careful review and working in close collaboration with our teams, we are shifting all currently scheduled 2020 Call of Duty League live events to online-only competition, effective immediately. For details on previously ticketed events, please visit host team websites and follow their social channels.
The new online-only matches will be broadcast live to fans. Dates will be announced shortly, along with tune-in details. Call of Duty League has seen firsthand the power of our live events in our inaugural season, and will return to city-based competition in front of live audiences as soon as it is safe and logistically possible.
In the interim, Call of Duty League is confident it will continue to deliver fans what they want: amazing competition between the best players, competing at the highest level, for the right to be considered the greatest team on earth.
This announcement comes shortly after the LA Home Series event, which continued on despite the ongoing health crisis. Prior to the event, meet-and-greets, team walkouts, and autograph signings with players were cancelled as a precautionary measure.
Commissioner Johanna Faries of the Call of Duty League has also provided the following statement regarding the decision to cancel events. Faries' statement ensures players that the format of the online events will be announced in the near future.
The COVID-19 crisis has posed incredibly serious challenges to so many people around the globe, and the Call of Duty League community has felt its impact as well. The decision to shift upcoming live events to online competition was a difficult one for all of us, but done with the goal of ensuring the wellbeing of our incredible fans, players, coaches, employees, and partners. We plan to publish more information about upcoming online matches soon, still broadcast live on our YouTube channel.
We understand how disappointing this may be for fans who planned to attend upcoming live Home Series and we hope to be back in front of live audiences later this year. In the meantime, let’s continue to support our teams and players in doing what they do so well.
Many esports fans are understandably upset that the league is temporarily moving to an online-only format due to the drastic effect that an online environment has on competitive gameplay. CDL players have varying reactions to the news, but the majority of players feel that it is a necessary decision to make due to the seriousness of the situation.