ESL, the world’s largest esports company, has today announced that the 2020 edition of ESL One Cologne will take place without a live audience from August 21-30, 2020. The company has also announced that Intel® Extreme Masters Melbourne 2020 will be rescheduled for 2021.
In a joint announcement, ESL also unveiled dates for next year’s competitions – with ESL One Cologne 2021 to be held on July 16-18 in the LANXESS arena and IEM Melbourne 2021 scheduled to return on August 21-22 at the Rod Laver Arena.
ESL One Cologne 2020 will still take place as the ESL Pro Tour Masters Championship and as a broadcasted esports tournament, more details will be released in the upcoming weeks. ESL’s decision to make changes to this year’s esports calendar falls in line with current government restrictions on large gatherings in Germany and global travel as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Purchased tickets to either ESL One Cologne or IEM Melbourne in 2020 will remain valid for the 2021 editions of the tournament. Fans will have refund options depending on point of purchase and should visit the official IEM Melbourne or ESL One Cologne websites for more information on the process. Fans are also being encouraged to cancel any travel and accommodation bookings for both of these events.
Further information on the tournament will be released at a later date once the best approach to ensure the safety of players, coaches, employees, and talent has been considered. Find all updates also on ESLCS and IEM on Twitter.