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Following the spread of Coronavirus, many countries underwent a total lockdown to limit the movement of people so as to limit the spread of the virus. As some countries start to ease these extreme measures, several restrictions like no public gathering, no public transport, no hotels, no restaurants, etc still remain. Due to this several events that were postponed before are now being canceled or being moved to next year.

Today in a statement on their official website, ESL announced that the upcoming 2020 CS:GO tournaments will be played out without the audience and most of them will be postponed to next year.

Following Germany’s official ruling, ESL One Cologne will take place without a live audience this year. At the same time, ESL unveiled that they will be coming back to the LANXESS arena in 2021 with ESL One Cologne 2021 from July 16 -18 with all purchased 2020 tickets remaining valid for next year’s event.

As for the IEM Melbourne, it will no longer take place in 2020 and instead has been rescheduled to next year over the weekend of August 21-22, 2021 at Rod Laver Arena. All the tickets purchased for 2020 will remain valid for the event in 2021.

Lastly, ESL also announced that anyone can request a ticket refund until the end of 2020 if they already know they won’t be able to attend on new dates next year.