ESL Pro League Season 14 to be held online2021-07-20 22:33:00
ESL Pro League Season Season 14 will be held online despite previous plans to bring the teams to the studio in Malta. The reason for LAN denial is the current situation with COVID-19 pandemic as ESL stated.
The 14th Season of ESL Pro League will take place online due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-related travel restrictions. In making the final decision, the league’s 12 partnered teams, the EPL Player Council as well as the CSPPA have been kept informed of any and all developments. The tournament will be played analogous to Season 13 with all 24 teams competing from their homes or boot camp locations within Europe.
We would have loved to continue on LAN, but with the first playday kicking off in four weeks, the ever-changing challenges are simply too great to overcome as we are facing different conditions compared to IEM Cologne 2021. Especially with the drastic rise of the Delta variant of COVID-19 across Europe, undergoing similar if not tighter safety restrictions without local governing support is not sustainable for players, teams, talent and our crew as ESL Pro League is twice as long as IEM Cologne. Going online is the safest option to make sure all teams will still be able to compete in Season 14 while not risking anyone getting stuck with travel complications.
ESL also mentioned that they work on new shorter LAN events such as IEM Fall 2021 and IEM Winter 2021. Therefore, the next LAN event (excluding WePlay Academy League) can be BLAST Premier: Fall Groups. It is still unknown if it will be offline or not.