Activision has announced the Call of Duty League is shifting to an online-only tournament due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
In a statement, Activision wrote: “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.”
The online-only matches will still be broadcast to fans on YouTube as usual, with dates set to be announced soon.
While it’s unclear how long it’ll stay an online-only competition, the statement explains they will “return to city-based competition in front of live audiences as soon as it is safe and logistically possible”.
The Call of Duty League launched in January earlier this year, which was the first time the game has utilised a city-based franchise model for its competitive circuit.
With the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the league’s launch has proved incredibly unfortunate timing – with the similarly structured Overwatch League also postponing and cancelling events.
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