Esports Leagues Announce Schedules for Online-Only Formats




Esports competition

Esports competitionMuch like traditional sports, many of the largest esports leagues can draw thousands of fans to events centers and arenas for in-person competitions. However, the coronavirus outbreak caused several leagues to change plans. And after quickly shifting to online-only formats, several esports leagues have emerged with updated schedules so fans can tune in and watch the reworked competitions.

The Verge has a rundown of some upcoming matches from a variety of leagues. Highlights include the ESL Pro League, which focuses on Counter-Strike Global Offensive. The league has several matchups scheduled to broadcast on their Twitch channel on an almost daily basis from now until early April. You can view their full schedule here.

The League of Legends Championship Series continues this weekend starting at 5 pm ET/2 pm PT on March 28th. The league is focusing on a weekend-only schedule, with five matches on Saturdays and Sundays. Spring finals are scheduled throughout April. You can tune in at their Twitch channel and view the entire schedule here.

Meanwhile, the League of Legends European Championship is also focusing on a weekend-heavy schedule for the rest of its season. Fans can tune into the league’s Twitch channel and follow along with their full schedule.

Even with the move to online-only formats, some leagues have faced challenges. The Overwatch League’s revamped online schedule was supposed to resume this past week, but it postponed matches following California’s statewide “stay at home” order. Still, four teams were able to conduct a friendly match this past weekend, and the league posted a video recap of the match for fans to check out.

This week, the league tweeted about a new slate of matches set to kick off on Saturday, March 28th. Fans can follow along via the league’s YouTube page.

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