ESL Announces Key Changes To ESL Cologne, IEM Melbourne
Posted 6th May 2020 By: Derpina    160 Views
Esports News – ESL, the biggest CS:GO tournament organizer in the world, announced some key changes to its upcoming major tournaments for 2020. ESL One Cologne 2020 will push through as scheduled but with a different format, while IEM Melbourne is postponed to 2021.
With a heavy heart, ESL posted an update on its official website. Like other organizers, ESL’s business of hosting international tournaments has been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Addressing the global health situation and the new changes, the organizers said:
“We have been closely monitoring the developments in regards to the global health situation and want to be as transparent with you, the fans, as possible. After careful evaluation of the upcoming ESL One Cologne and IEM Melbourne events in 2020, we have come to a decision in line with current regulations on large gatherings in both Germany and Australia. As a result of this, both ESL One Cologne and IEM Melbourne will not occur with audiences this year, with both live events postponed until 2021.”
ESL One Cologne
Germany’s strict travel and event restrictions threatened ESL to cancel the live tournament of ESL One Cologne 2020 completely. The tournament was set to take place from July 6 to 12 at the LANXESS arena.
The 2020 edition of the tournament will push through this year but as a broadcasted tournament without a live audience. The details for the tournament aren’t out yet, but qualified teams will compete from August 21 to 30 after the off-season. You can catch the matches on Tipify’s Live Streams page.
The 2021 edition of the tournament, meanwhile, will take place on the same set of dates—from July 6 to 12. All purchased tickets for the 2020 event will remain valid next year.
Unfortunately, IEM Melbourne 2020 has to wait till 2021 due to Australia’s local restrictions on gatherings and travel. All CS:GO teams can do now is to sit back, put more hours in training and competing in online tournaments. The tournament, which was supposed to take place from August 22 to 23 at the Rod Laver Arena, is postponed until next year.
IEM Melbourne 2021 heads back to Australia on August 21, 2021, as a part of the Melbourne Esports Open. Like in ESL One Cologne, all purchased tickets for the 2020 season will remain valid next year.