Just 12 hours before doors were set to open for IEM Katowice 2020, CS:GO fans have been told that concerns surrounding coronavirus means that the license for the event has been revoked by the mayor of the Polish city.
Previously, IEM Katowice 2020 was set to have coronavirus health screenings for all attendees that drew criticism from the community as to the logistics of the system in detecting Covid-19.
Due to the dynamic changes in the global health situation, the Gouverneur of Silesian Jarosław Wieczorek issued a decision to remove their approval regarding ESL hosting a mass event in Katowice, Poland. #IEMhttps://t.co/hak1sn98o7— Intel®ExtremeMasters (@IEM) February 27, 2020
In a post on the evening of the 27th February, a statement was issued to say no fans would be allowed into the Spodek Arena for the playoffs weekend.
Talent members including Alex "Machine" Richardson and Jacob "Pimp" Winneche defended ESL publicly on social media for its actions in response to the developing health crisis.
As of the announcement, no coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Poland. Other European countries including France, Spain and Germany have seen the majority of regional incidents with Italy being the worst-hit with over 400 people testing positive.
Save me for your ignorance.— Jacob "Pimp" Winneche (@Pimp_CSGO) February 27, 2020
ESL have done absolutely everything for make IEM Katowice 2020 another fantastic event. It’s out of anyone’s hand, and respecting a decision like this, is the only viable option.
The CS has been sick the past 4 days, let’s continue that trend!
My heart bleeds for all of the people who have spent months either looking forward to or preparing for IEM Katowice.— MACHINE /// (@MACHINEgg) February 27, 2020
We will not let this kick in the crotch stop us from covering and doing justice to the counterstrike history being written on the stage tomorrow.
Other esports and sports events have been cancelled or postponed as a result of coronavirus including South Korean Overwatch League homestand matches that were already relocated from China and the LPL broadcasting online scrims instead of league matches.
Fans who have purchased tickets for IEM Katowice 2020 will have to wait for information as to what will come next and whether refunds will be provided. No one will be allowed into the arena so all ticket holders have been told to stay away from the Spodek Arena as a result.
If you purchased a ticket to #IEM Katowice, please do not show up at the event tomorrow. We're not allowed to let fans into the venue this weekend.— Intel®ExtremeMasters (@IEM) February 27, 2020
We're working on addressing all your questions and concerns & we will communicate more information when it's ready.