Shanghai, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 20th Oct, 2020 ) :ESports has bucked a grim trend to stage a world championship in Shanghai, even as numerous international sports tournaments across the globe are wiped out by the coronavirus.
And while events that are taking place often do so behind closed doors, the October 31 finals of the League of Legends worlds will be in front of more than 6,300 spectators.
League of Legends is a massively popular multiplayer online battle arena game and the world title is one of the biggest prizes in professional gaming.
It can hold more than 30,000 but the attendance is limited to ensure social distancing.
Organisers anticipate that more than 100 million unique viewers online will watch the finals, which come after many sports competitions have been cancelled or postponed in virus-hit 2020, including the Tokyo Olympics.
Getting 400-500 people into China was a huge logistical challenge.
“It is indeed the toughest situation we’ve ever encountered,” said Zeng, crediting Chinese authorities for helping to get the tournament on in the most trying of circumstances.
The championship takes place despite China saying in July that it would not hold most international sports events for the rest of the year, with Formula One and major tennis and golf tournaments all cancelled in Shanghai.
– Regular testing – Original plans for a more expansive worlds in China this year were torn up late on because of the virus, said Toby Zhang of Shanghai-based TJ Sports, which is helping to run the tournament.
“But we made a decision to pivot and host everything in Shanghai only in June or July.” After arriving in Shanghai, which aspires to be a global eSports capital, players and staff had to quarantine for two weeks, in line with all people landing in China from overseas.
Organisers laid on equipment so players could spend the time practising, said Zhang.
After that, everyone was moved to a luxury hotel and asked to spend another week in isolation to ensure there were no infections.
Players are not in a complete “bubble” in the hotel, but they have been told to avoid busy places.
They are barred from the competition venue if their daily temperature check is above 37.3 degrees Celsius (99.1 F), said Zhang.
“We’re just trying to be overly conservative to ensure that nothing (no virus outbreak) will happen,” he added.
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