Overwatch League matches are online-only for March and April

Overwatch League matches are online-only for March and April

The Overwatch League events for Spring will be online-only due to the coronavirus.

As revealed in a site update, all matches to be played in March and April will be done online only so teams do not need to travel. All games will be streamed live on YouTube, as part of an agreement Activision Blizzard signed with Google. These matches were initially cancelled due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus

This week, the teams competing are Los Angeles Valiant, Los Angeles Gladiators, Seoul Dynasty and San Francisco shock – all of which are found on the west coast of the US.

"The schedule was constructed to eliminate the need for travel while maintaining a level playing field for the teams, so all matches are taking place based in the regions where teams are currently residing," said Blizzard.

"In the course of playing this portion of the 2020 schedule, each team will play the amount of matches necessary to catch them up to the total amount of matches they had been scheduled to play through the midseason point of the original schedule.

"This means Pacific Conference teams will generally play more frequently than teams in the Atlantic Conference. The schedule was designed to maximize fairness between teams, factoring in the total amount of matches played each week."

In January, Blizzard cancelled all Overwatch matches in China for health and safety reasons posed by Covid-19.

Earlier this month, the American firm initially cancelled all Overwatch League matches that were scheduled for March and April. Various events across the industry have been cancelled – GDC, E3, the Minecraft Festival, Game Connection America and Rezzed and Reboot Develop Blue.

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