FLASHPOINT, the newly founded team-owned CS:GO league, has just announced its response to the ongoing COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) outbreak.
The league had planned on having a finals event in Stockholm in April, but those plans have been modified in conjunction with the Counter-Strike Pro Player's Association.
"In partnership with the CSPPA, FLASHPOINT has decided to change our plans for FLASHPOINT 1 and will host the event entirely in our Los Angeles studio," FLASHPOINT said. "This is a controlled environment that allows us to implement strong policies and best practices to protect the players and our employees, while also avoiding incremental travel and interactions with fans."
The open qualifiers for FLASHPOINT 1 just wrapped up today with BIG and Orgless each grabbing a slot.
"Unfortunately this will also mean the cancelation of our playoffs event, planned for Stockholm in April," they continued. "We remain excited abotu the future of FLASHPOINT, and look forward to bringing the event around the globe in full force after the Coronavirus threat is no longer an issue."
Today has been a busy day for leagues and events announcing their intent with regards to the COVID-19 outbreak, as no fewer than six leagues across esports have put out statements. These have ranged from delaying events to canceling events or even moving the location of events, as in the LEC. Some events have merely added precautionary rules, such as the LCS' new rules on banning victory handshakes and fan meetups.
In CS:GO, this is just the second event that has been affected by COVID-19, as IEM Katowice was forced to play without an audience due to the Polish government barring fan entry.