ESL Pro League Season 11 will be played online; Finals moved to a studio location
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ESL Pro League Season 11 will now be played out online instead of on LAN. The Finals that were set to take place in Denver, Colorado will also be moved to a studio location in Europe. This is due to the coronavirus epidemic preventing teams from traveling to compete in the league.
ESL has released a statement into why this decision is being made and showing they weren't left with much choice:
In light of the current dynamics regarding COVID-19, we have made the decision to play the regular season matches of ESL Pro League Season 11 online, and are moving the finals from 1STBANK CENTER, Denver to a studio location without a live audience in Europe. This decision was largely motivated by the fact that Malta, the country of our originally planned studio location, has instituted a wide range of travel restrictions and quarantine regulations as of today. We fully support all measures aimed at containing the COVID-19 dynamics as much as possible. These travel restrictions have made it impossible for a large amount of staff and the majority of teams to make their way to the planned season location.
This is a massive blow to the CS:GO competitive community as a whole. ESL Pro League Season 11 promises to be one of the most significant events of the 2020 season and features the top teams from around the world. Seeing this played out online isn't a terrible alternative, but it definitely won't be the same.