Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse… it just… well… it got way worse.
The coronavirus is currently the biggest threat to the gamer community since the discovery of proper hygiene (circa 2012). It seems that every huge video game tournament is getting canceled, and it comes as no surprise that the Call of Duty League is rumored to shut down their next upcoming series.
BREAKING: To try to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Jay Inslee is expected Wednesday to restrict gatherings of more than 250 people, including at sporting events and concerts. https://t.co/LQhJ4Opwax
— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) March 11, 2020
Jennifer Zeyl, artistic director of Seattle staple Intiman Theatre, who just recently ended its season, announced that they don't have any immediate productions scheduled, adding that she considers the move “sensible.”
"There’s not a way to contain things unless we contain them. There’s an enormous amount of worry in my heart about these canceled gigs and engagements for artists. But the people I’m most concerned about are the medically fragile and unhoused."
Visitors being screened must be asked whether they have had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 and if they have symptoms, including a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, coughing or difficulty breathing. Staff must also be screened at the beginning of each shift.
So what will happen now for the Call of Duty League? Will the CDL pick themselves up by their bootstraps and fork over the expected payment to all of the stadium workers for their pending lost wages? And what about all of the fans who bought seats for this supposedly “clean and safe” event? Is there any way to take away the stressful fear that the coronavirus has delivered to each and every one of us?
Gatherings of over 250 people are expected to be restricted in Seattle due to the threat of #coronavirus.
The Seattle Home Series is scheduled for 18-19 April and a restriction like this may result in it having to be cancelled. https://t.co/htMLhEEkoC
— COD Gamepedia • CDL Updates (@COD_Gamepedia) March 11, 2020
The 2019-20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak refers to an epidemic of the 2019-nCoV coronavirus that was first detected in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The virus can be fatal, with symptoms including fever, coughing, and breathing difficulties. Although not directly related to Call of Duty esports, the spread of the virus worldwide coupled with the relative proximity of the outbreak to multiple competitive regions, led to a number of professional tournaments being postponed, undergoing changes or canceled to stop the spread of the virus.
Here’s an idea for those that are struggling with this pending cancellation. Instead of complaining about a loss of esports tournaments, educate yourself about this gloomy sickness. And, like any good gamer already should, stay home if you’re sick. The more we take care of ourselves, the less we will continue to lose Call of Duty, Overwatch, and other beloved video game franchises.
However, nothing has been officially put on hold. The Call of Duty League Los Angeles Home Series may continue as planned. Even though there were many concerns about an emerging Coronavirus outbreak, on March 4, after California declared a state of emergency over the spreading illness, nothing stopped the CDL from continuing their streaming killstreaks.
The pending CDL weekend is set to take place April 18th and 19th at the WAMU Theater in Seattle, Washington. This show has both general admission and reserved seating. VIP packages offer the best-reserved seats in the house with general admission seating behind them. All general admission seats are on a first-come, first-serve basis. No changes have been made to the website of prior ticketing options.
So in short, let’s all hope Seattle gets to have their homestead match at home before the world implodes from intergenic airborne illness destruction. Anybody want a cough drop?