PUBG Mobile Pro League to be held online amidst the outbreak of COVD-19, event will start on March 19 without the presence of fans.
Tencent Games and PUBG Corporation on Wednesday announced that they will be taking their Pro League competition online until further notice amidst coronavirus outbreak.
“The health and safety of our players and staff are our first priority. Hence, we have decided to convert the PUBG MOBILE Pro League South Asia 2020 to the online event due to unforeseen circumstances related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak,” the company said in a statement.
The event will start from March 19 without the presence of fans and audience. However, the fans will be able to view the competition through the PUBGM India channels of Facebook and YouTube.
“We adhere to all the guidance and recommended precautionary measures as we continue to welcome you to enjoy PUBG MOBILE,” the company added.
With this latest development, Tencent Games joins the list of tech companies movies their events online. Recently, Google announced that they will be cancelling I/O 2020 and Facebook’s F8, as well as Microsoft’s MVP Summit, have also been called off.
Unlike mainstream sports tournaments, PUBG has been a prominent example of the flexibility in the Esports industry amidst pandemic, while major tournaments like Olympics 2020 and Euro 2020 face the threat of postponement.
Moreover, the sudden stoppage in major football leagues in the world would also affect the seasonal cycles of the tournaments in the following year.
The COVID-19 spread is now even being found positive amidst sports stars and celebrities, recently Callum Hudson Odoi, Mikel Arteta and Daniele Rugani were found positive of coronavirus.
Meanwhile, the two ODIs between India and South Africa were cancelled amidst the threat of the virus. Athletes from across the fields are being quarantined with the spread rising every day.