Sorry Melbourne: there will not be any esports shoeys this year. ESL and Dreamhack have revealed that while IEM Melbourne will proceed, it won’t be with crowds.

ESL and Dreamhack have announced that the bulk of their esports occasions will be run online or in a studio for 2021, with just 4 tournaments– ESL One Cologne, Dreamhack Atlanta, Dreamhack Winter Season and IEM China– to accompany a live audience. That includes IEM Melbourne, which has actually given that been relabelled to IEM Summer.

It’s a bit unfortunate provided Australia’s success dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, especially compared to the United States. New Zealand wasn’t initially scheduled to have an occasion, which describes their exemption for anybody questioning. (ESL also isn’t Valve, so the expense of holding a significant a long method away from the majority of the teams is a substantial, if not debilitating, cost.).

Here’s ESL’s list of events this year, with four Dreamhack events undated for now.

” The 2021 calendar will depend on the current health assistance due to the continuous international pandemic, with ESL Video gaming’s leading concern being the security and wellness of all personnel, players and participants included,” ESL said in a release.

In a different post on the IEM site, ESl announced that Ticketek will offer complete refunds for anybody who had actually currently bought a ticket.

” Because the first IEM down under in 2017, the whole team at ESL Australia, and the ESL Team all over the world have actually eagerly anticipated putting on IEM as one of the highlights of the year, like every CS: GO fan in the country,” ESL Australia stated.

All events will follow a “Go back to LAN” series of actions, whereby organisers will create a controlled bubble for players, staff and the crew. Those protocols consist of “ongoing” coronavirus tests throughout a competition and “ready procedures in order to ensure that gamers can return house safely”.