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As Traditional Sports Leagues Pause During the Coronavirus, Esports Could Fill Some Gaps

As Traditional Sports Leagues Pause During the Coronavirus, Esports Could Fill Some Gaps

Many esports already take place online, so backup plans are more readily available


MEGPlay17 Mar, 2020


This week, it felt like another major sporting event was canceled just about every 15 minutes. After two Utah Jazz players tested positive for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 on Wednesday night, the entire NBA season was suspended. Thursday morning, the MLS, MLB, NHL, UEFA, Rugby’s Six Nations, Formula One, tennis events, golf tournaments, marathons and, in a considerable development, March Madness, have all been canceled or postponed.

So what fills the sudden void created by the absence of these sports? Esports could become part of the answer.

Competitive video games are becoming big business and, although they run mainly on streaming platforms like Twitch.TV and YouTube, some have made the jump to linear television....

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