Dota 2’s First Major of Winter Tour Cancelled Due To Covid Concerns
Covid-19’s impact is still being felt almost two years later, especially as new waves consistently shake the world. Unfortunately, very few industries have withstood it wrath, including the eSports industry. As a result, many tournaments and events, including E3 and PAX, have had to switch to online-only viewings. Recently, many events have been returning to in-person for vaccinated persons only, but with the rise of the Omnicron variant, some hosts may once again revert to online viewings. Today, it has been announced that the First Major of the Winter Tour has been cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns.
In an official release, it was stated, ” While hopes were high that we could host an international LAN event, the discovery and spread of new strains of COVID-19 and the resulting increase of travel restrictions has made it unfeasible for all qualified teams to gather for a LAN tournament.”
Furthermore, Tour 1 will conclude after all regional league tournament and teams will receive their rewards before Tour 2. In closing, the team stated that they would continue to monitor the situation regarding International travel for majors during the Second Tour.
It is unfortunate that one of the biggest eSports tournaments is also being hindered by the Covid-19 virus. Other scenes have suffered severely due to the lack of fans in stadiums as it removes the atmosphere. Furthermore, playing online can lead to severe connection issues, lag and more. As gamers, we can only remain hopeful that the scene across the board can return to normalcy soon enough!