After careful consideration of the current state and trajectory of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the health risk that this presents to competitors, staff and fans alike, we have made the difficult decision to cancel to the 4th minor and major tournaments of the DPC season.— DOTA 2 (@DOTA2) March 15, 2020
A domino effect of problems
Dota is not the only esports affected by the virus. Tournaments across all disciplines have to be postponed, cancelled, or altered. While these are unpleasant news for anyone who was looking forward to watching the event, circumstances are even more devastating for those working on events. Esports tournaments are often said to not be very profitable for organisers anyways. A complete cancellation could potentially damage affected companies severly.
The changes are especially hurting freelancers who do not have an employer giving them fixed salary. As PimpmuckL revealed on his Twitter, a major part of his income is gone.
Okay.— JJ - PimpmuckL (@JJLiebig) March 15, 2020
Turns out the feeling when half your yearly income just evaporated is a bit of a new one to me. https://t.co/i8S7F0xHWF
Another issue that the cancellation of tournaments entails is the different distribution of DPC points. Several teams skipped events in the current season or were simply not yet able to gather enough points for The International 2020. For them, their chance to make it to TI currently seems to be gone.
A call for online tournaments
In the current light of events, it is not even certain if TI will take place as planned. Many voices in the community are calling for online tournaments and also remark that now, regional leagues could be tested.
We need some online tourneys— Sheever (@SheeverGaming) March 15, 2020
Online tournaments would pose another opportunity for teams to play for the last DPC points. For smaller organisations, prize money is another important factor as well. Freelancers could also be compensated to some extend. However, the staff for an online tournament differs from that of an offline event, therefore, some economical damage will still occur.
It is also important to remember that it is no simple procedure to shift a tournament to an online stage. The operations at Valve might be limited as well. It is now up to see what adjustments and solutions there will be.
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