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EA suspends all live eSports events to curb the spread of the coronavirus

EA is stopping all live eSports events amid growing concerns about the spread of the new COVID-19.

The suspension applies to any event that uses EA games, whether managed by EA or third parties. Only online events, where “participants and staff are remote and separate” will proceed as expected. This means that Apex Legends Global Series, EA Sports Fifa 20 Global Series, FIFA Online 4 Live Events and Madden NFL 20 Championship Series will be closed until further notice.

EA says the move is to protect “competitors, our employees, our partners’ employees and our communities,” as well as “limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.”

“As we continue to monitor the situation around the coronavirus and receive updated guidance from health officials around the world, we will use this time to determine the next steps to move forward with all EA’s live events and online broadcasts on competitive gaming,” ad law.

The news comes amid a series of high-profile cancellations, postponements and changes related to the alarming spread of the coronavirus. In particular, E3 2020 was canceled on Wednesday, Pokemon Go has implemented the changes encourage social distancing e Disney postponed seven live-action productions.

On a more positive note, Nvidia offers PC gamers the ability to really make a difference by using the internal grunt of their hardware to access the Folding @ home application, which allows you to donate unused processing power to aid in coronavirus research.

Until all this runs out – hopefully sooner or later – here’s ours beginner’s guide to esports and competitive games.

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