The spread of the Covid-19 virus (or coronavirus, as it is more commonly being called) has brought a lot of things to halt and amongst those, will be the ESL One Los Angeles Major, the third DPC Major of the 2019-2020 season. Esports consultant Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau put up a tweet saying his sources have confirmed the cancellation of the ESL One LA Major and that all teams and casters have been notified accordingly by Valve and ESL.
Update: Valve and ESL have confirmed to teams and casters that the Dota 2 Los Angeles Major will be fully cancelled, sources tell me https://t.co/BIKVkOEdE8— Rod 'I don't sign NDAs' Breslau (@Slasher) March 12, 2020
Slasher also mentioned the reason behind the late cancellation, with just four days left for the Major to start. The US government’s recent decision to cancel travel from Europe to the USA was what prompted this action. Initially, it was going to be a closed door event with no live audience. With the travel restrictions imposed, it had to be taken a step further.
ESL and Valve's move from not allowing fans to a full on cancellation of the Major is a direct result of Trump's travel suspension from Europe to the US as players and casters were worried about how they would get home, sources said— Rod 'I don't sign NDAs' Breslau (@Slasher) March 12, 2020
The spread of the coronavirus has been in the news all over the world. The World Health Organization officially recognized the disease as a pandemic a few days ago. US president Donald Trump addressed the nation on the issue and laid out his reasons for taking the strong step of banning travel from European countries to the United States.
In a televised address President Trump said all travel from Europe would be suspended for the next 30 days, excluding the UK— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) March 12, 2020
Latest #coronavirus updates: https://t.co/SF8sagtBqp pic.twitter.com/ELIvuG72jd
This is There has been no official statement from Valve or ESL on the issue, but one can be expected in the next few hours. With the cancellation of a Major, the looming question is, will it be replaced by another Major or will there just be four this year? Also, will the DPC points from the Kyiv Minor be wiped out or will Aster’s win here directly qualify them for the next Major? There are a lot of questions to be answered and the situation is quite unclear for now. VPEsports will keep bringing the updates as the situation develops.