Yesterday, the NBA 2K League suspended competitive play until further notice due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Electronic Arts followed suit today, as they announced that all competitive play events will be suspended.
EA Suspends Competitive Events
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, EA announced via a statement on their website that all competitive live gaming events, including the FIFA 20 Global Series and the Madden 20 Championship Series, will be suspended until further notice.
This includes all EA-operated events, as well as all third-party events that are run under license from EA. The streaming of all competitive gaming content has also been suspended by EA. This, does not however, apply to gaming events where the participants and staff are remote and separated from one another. Additionally, competitive gaming events that can be produced remotely will also continue.
In the statement, EA said that their top priority is to protect the competitors, EA employees as well as communities. EA wrote, “Our priority is protecting our competitors, our employees, our partner’s employees and our communities. 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 next steps for moving forward with all of EA’s Competitive Gaming live events and online broadcasts.”
The suspension will start on March 13 and will continue until the global coronavirus situation improves.