Coronavirus and esports – adapting to a new reality

By Will Deller

04-2020

In the face of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, digital content has had to adapt and evolve like never before. But in a world where live content is scarce, esports has shown itself to be remarkably adaptable, expanding its profile both on mainstream television and on streaming platforms.

How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected esports?

The pandemic has brought unique challenges to every industry, and esports has faced its share. Just as with traditional sports, tournaments have had to be cancelled for a number of high profile events, including in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Apex Legends and FIFA 20, with numerous LAN (offline) leagues being disrupted.


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