The Corona virus outbreak continues to affect major events worldwide. Electronic Arts announced today that it has suspended all live esports events due to the Corona virus outbreak.
The Corona virus epidemic, which has become the number one agenda item of the world, continues to affect important activities. As it is known, many events from Mobile World Congress MWC 2020 to Game Developers Conference GDC 2020 were canceled due to this epidemic. A new one has been added to the Corona virus measures taken today.
Electronic Arts has decided to suspend all live esports events until the Corona virus outbreak is under control. This decision will affect the Apex Legends Global Series, EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series, FIFA Online 4 and Madden NFL 20 Championship Series. All third-party events under the Electronic Arts license will also be suspended in this context.
Electronic Arts has made exceptions for some special cases:
Stating that it may be an exception for events where employees can work remotely and individually, Electronic Arts stated that it will continue to monitor the situation before determining the next move for live e-sports challenges. It was noteworthy that the time frame when Electronic Arts announced its decision came just after Activision Blizzard canceled live Overwatch competitions. At this point, it should be noted that Activision Blizzard has closed the offices of Irvine and Austin within the scope of Corona virus measures and obliges its employees to work from home.
As it is known, Electronic Arts had previously decided to close international offices as part of the measures taken against the Corona virus outbreak. The company now recommends that its employees in offices that are not closed, work from home until April 1, 2020. It is not known whether the company will take different measures in the coming days, but if the Corona virus epidemic continues to spread at the same pace, we can face much tighter measures.