Flashpoint 1 to transition to online play due to coronavirus outbreak

The Los Angeles-based league has revealed that it will temporarily postpone matches in its inaugural season and transition to online play due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Following the conclusion of the first round of play in Phase 1 of their group stage, Flashpoint has revealed that they will temporarily postpone upcoming matches as they look to transition the league from their studio in Los Angeles to online play, mirroring ESL's efforts with ESL Pro League earlier in the week.

The announcement from Flashpoint follows a world-wide escalation in response to the coronavirus outbreak, with countries beginning to impose travel restrictions to foreign citizens in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.

In their announcement, Flashpoint revealed that the teams who were competing in the league will remain in Los Angeles, and will continue to participate from the safety of their homes once matches are ready to be resumed and their standards of competitive integrity have been established.

For Flashpoint, the decision follows a recommendation from the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) to cancel or postpone in-person gatherings of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks, while the Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, announced an emergency action to close entertainment venues, bars, nightclubs, gyms, and restaurants as the city escalates its response to the epidemic.

Canada Jkobe
2020-03-17 02:50
Israel Sonnabend
Thorin deleted his tweet hahahahahahha "What time does ESL Ping League begin?" twitter.com/Thorin/status/12394994173690.. Sadly dont have a screenshot rn
2020-03-17 03:00
United Kingdom trtr098
Thorin lul
2020-03-17 02:52
2020-03-17 14:05
2020-03-17 02:55
Israel Sonnabend
"What time does ESL Ping League begin?" twitter.com/Thorin/status/12394994173690.. Sadly dont have a screenshot rn
2020-03-17 02:57
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Peru TheJuan
axaxaxa expected
2020-03-17 02:58
Yea that trash talker ginger ate his words
2020-03-17 03:00
Albania HLTV_God
No, flashpoint will still be played in la so it's not ping deciding
2020-03-17 08:06
"...the teams who were competing in the league will remain in Los Angeles, and will continue to participate from the safety of their homes..." yes very lan
2020-03-17 08:41
Albania HLTV_God
not lan but its not Sweden - Turkey. They will all play with 5-10 ping
2020-03-17 09:32
That's not how it works...
2020-03-17 10:06
Albania HLTV_God
what? the play on a server in LA, all teams and players are in LA. Unlike esl where every team is at home/gaming house. They will blance the server but for example France - Russia 150 ping. sweden - france 100 ping. The best ping we can see is 50 on both sides, witch won happen. Probably home server for your own picked map
2020-03-17 10:11
Ping often not beacouse of distance
2020-03-17 10:55
Albania HLTV_God
?????????????? When you play mm your server is located in sweden, thats why you have about 3-20 ping
2020-03-17 10:59
no is located in germany but we have great infrastructure with low latensy thats why we have low ping
2020-03-17 11:06
Sweden fejkn
no, the swedish servers are located in stockholm.
2020-03-17 14:40
United Kingdom trtr098
Information travels at near speed of light. The distance between Sweden and Turkey in itself is worth 20ms, not including the queues at transcontinental fibre
2020-03-17 16:24
Do you not understand what he is saying because he’s completely right. The ping will be minimal 20 at most. All teams are in LA, they will be playing in an LA server. LA has gigspeed net, it will be as close to lan as u can get. Everything this guy said is correct and you sir are either uneducated or just don’t know ur ass from a hole in the ground
2020-03-17 11:30
minimal 20 at most, huh? :D
2020-03-17 13:13
minimal, 20 at most*
2020-03-17 13:27
And he still deleted his own tweets... When the only thing that makes your league better than ESL are pings, you know that the whole league is trash. Also the reasons why ESL is playing online are beyond their control. It is an expection, so next season the Flashpoint selling point is going to disappear. Or maybe there are other things that Flashpoint is doing better, but he has chosen to focus on the dumbest reason to watch it.
2020-03-17 14:45
Please refer to my comment #143 as it pertains to you as well. Learn something
2020-03-17 11:30
2020-03-17 13:36
2020-03-17 02:59
They are all in LA unless some team leaves for no reason. Better than a team in Sweden versus CIS
2020-03-17 09:52
Spain JLenny47
2020-03-17 12:53
I bet no one will mention this on the next by the numbers episode along with other thorin's fuck ups.
2020-03-17 13:14
+1 saw it
2020-03-17 19:38
2020-03-19 04:24
United States Frotha
RIP, the LAN studio was cool though
2020-03-17 02:52
2020-03-17 02:50
Indonesia lumayan
RIP, now teams will have chance to beat gen.g if its online lol
2020-03-17 06:09
when is havu contact match, it was supposed to be today right?
2020-03-17 12:32
2020-03-17 02:50
Thorin rekt
2020-03-17 02:50
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Czech Republic cortan
2020-03-17 02:51
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Brazil NahT_
2020-03-17 02:51
Brazil user_namer
thorin? xaxaxaxaxax
2020-03-17 02:51
2020-03-17 02:51
Germany Cyasera
2020-03-17 02:51
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North America Shehp
wtf mens)))
2020-03-17 02:51
fucking fucking fuck fuck FUCKING fuCK
2020-03-17 02:51
2020-03-17 02:51
Thorin deleted tweet pbs.twimg.com/media/ETRmQgHXsAA6vV_?form.. kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk this fucking clown :>
2020-03-17 02:52
but at the time, they were...he cant predict the future
2020-03-17 02:57
United States Frotha
I mean it was rather predictable
2020-03-17 02:58
Not the point idiot.. It's the fact he boasted about refusing to stop the LAN event while a virus outbreak was threatening mankind, just so he could one up ESL.
2020-03-17 10:43
Finland Faust_fSt
"threatening mankind" lmao
2020-03-17 11:28
Glad the HLTV doctor could throw in a laugh knowing that the virus can't mutate. Good stuff.
2020-03-17 11:50
Finland Faust_fSt
That's like saying "thirst is threatening mankind", because we can eventually run out of fresh water. But glad you liked it.
2020-03-17 11:51
Deviating from the fact Flashpoint ran a LAN event during a virus outbreak, because you ran out of valid arguments. Good stuff. Thought FInland did well with education. Have a nice day.
2020-03-17 11:57
he lives in caves what u expect?
2020-03-17 12:37
World jzderf
What is wrong with you?
2020-03-17 13:51
Finland Faust_fSt
For thinking that covid is not "threatening mankind"?
2020-03-17 14:04
If you think corona is threatening mankind you are beyond stupid.
2020-03-17 15:16
or just naive and misinformed
2020-03-17 16:35
Why not both?
2020-03-17 18:19
He must be like one of those people who decided to go abroad couple of days ago and then complain about border checks, cancelled flights, quarantine etc.
2020-03-18 12:24
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North America Shehp
thorin malding confirmed lul
2020-03-17 03:03
World Beard43
Lmao! I'd like to ask Thorin how it feels to be a bloody idiot.
2020-03-17 03:11
2020-03-17 02:52
idk probably sleeping in all his skrilla money
2020-03-17 20:50
France Strasbourg
2020-03-17 02:52
2020-03-17 02:52
Slovakia SLAVak
Ah fck...
2020-03-17 02:52
well they were
2020-03-17 02:55
Yeah and he was boasting about it and making fun of ESL for taking the appropriate measures this sanitary crisis requires
2020-03-17 02:56
he didnt make fun of anyone...
2020-03-17 02:57
He actually did
2020-03-17 03:00
link source
2020-03-17 03:01
He deleted the tweet
2020-03-17 03:22
He tweeted something like ‚ESL Ping League‘, deleted it as well
2020-03-17 05:06
just stating facts. im not sure if he is a diagnosed autist but he sure as hell seems like one
2020-03-17 03:00
He said a few Times to have asperger
2020-03-17 03:53
I think he actually aspergers. people need to take away twitter from him.
2020-03-17 04:38
World Notb8ing
no surprise here honestly, was only matter of time.
2020-03-17 02:56
This is shit
2020-03-17 02:58
2020-03-17 03:01
F*ck the corona virus.... Ruins everything...lives of innocent people, football, hockey, esports...
2020-03-17 03:02
How u put those 4 things in one sentence...
2020-03-17 03:54
What? Its true though m8. It killed (and still is) thousands of people and it stopped sports in basically all of EU/NA etc
2020-03-17 03:56
Yeah it sucks hard. The people’s lives of course are the worst thing about it but destroying the whole entertainment sector just because some idiot In China can’t cook his bat before eating it is a major annoyance as well
2020-03-17 05:09
China FazeIsNoob
I doubt the bat theory cause there are many countries eating bats like China, Indonesia and some countries in Southeast Asia. It could be a leak of gene weapon by Chinese gov OR US.
2020-03-17 08:14
the problem woudl'nt have the bat, the problem would be that the person supposedly ate it without cooking it. the exact origin is not known but something like that seems to be one of the the most likeliest scenarios. sorry but i cannot take people seriously who think this is supposed to be a controlled weapon and i will not argue about that anymore, think what you want but read through the facts and then ask yourself how and why. this type of virus is ages old, its just another form of it
2020-03-17 08:50
2020-03-17 15:20
thorin in suicide watch
2020-03-17 03:03
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United States girls
esl should schedule all the popular teams navi ,faze, etc. in slots when flashpoint matches are on
2020-03-17 03:04
Haha this would be amazing They got a somewhat overlapping schedule (e.g. Astralis vs godsend plays tomorrow when trashpoint has mibr vs envy) but there are currently no top5 vs top5 matchups in EPL
2020-03-17 05:12
Poland J__ac_pis
0 IQ actually, players from Europe will have problems to come back to their countries as many closed their borders.
2020-03-17 03:04
Poland J__ac_pis
and i mean travelling from one place to another is spreading this virus they were already in LA i dont unserstand this move really
2020-03-17 03:06
European citizens can always come home to their homecountry I believe. But I’m pretty sure the players all stay in NA and just play it Online from there
2020-03-17 05:13
Idk for Germany but French citizens have a limited time to get back, as all travel between EU and the rest of the world will be stopped today.
2020-03-17 09:23
as far as i'm informed we can come back for now, but things change by the hour currently so i might not be up to date
2020-03-17 09:25
Our president made a speech yesterday in which he said travels from EU to the rest of the world would be canceled from today, and that French citizens willing to come back should reach out to their embassy as soon as possible.
2020-03-17 09:35
Australia is going to close its borders soon to all people on the outside and we are so far away from all of you. This shit serious
2020-03-17 11:59
they will play from NA but online
2020-03-17 03:07
What’s the point then
2020-03-17 10:07
To not spread the virus.
2020-03-17 10:16
World Notb8ing
dafuq are u saying, you actually think they will play from eu vs na online? :DDDD Makes no fucking sense bro...
2020-03-17 03:10
They closed the borders for tourists...
2020-03-17 03:17
From now for everyone.
2020-03-17 09:23
Slovakia johank0
In Slovakia if you come from other country you have to be in quarantine for 14 days. So guardian will be in quarantine if he comeback. Great Flashpoint
2020-03-17 09:51
ez for orgless
2020-03-17 03:25
Arent they all in LA? They're so worried that they dont let players take a 30 minute drive Lmao
2020-03-17 03:26
Canada U_S_of_Gay
Are you in the USA because they banned all gatherings of 10+ like 5 hours ago
2020-03-17 03:30
Austria doMK0
You guys are getting sold out again, it makes me really sad :( money and business yet again more important than health, experts estimate up to 500.000 deaths for the US if you dont take more serious measures soon. Obesity, diabetes, smoking ... all major risk factors and you got a lot of people which suffer from conditions which could make infections very severe. Stay safe guys, look after each other and for gods sake get a health system which looks out for everyone
2020-03-17 08:52
World Notb8ing
Yeah that's the only reason LOL, I guess the name checks out
2020-03-17 03:30
wow look at u, very smart anime4life
2020-03-17 03:37
Yeah well not having tests as the ‚greatest Country in the world‘ and then acting like you have little to no cases certainly worries when there’s a global catastrophe going on that kills a thousand people daily. USA will be fucked in one or two weeks and having people avoid as much contact with other people is the best thing they can do right now
2020-03-17 05:16
Indonesia draizze
Most likely the team will still on US but FP probably need to reschedule the matches, maybe more match in a day to make the tournament duration shorter.
2020-03-17 03:36
Wow dude
2020-03-17 04:05
pussies they are scared there will be a time clash between 2 leagues
2020-03-17 04:28
Rip. I'll miss seeing Freya 😞
2020-03-17 04:29
lol china virus
2020-03-17 04:37
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Australia popoto
2020-03-17 04:38
thanks trump
2020-03-17 04:49
United States stotte
Yep. Trump made the coronavirus. Good one
2020-03-17 05:12
United States stotte
Suddenly the NA teams are going to start winning
2020-03-17 05:12
United States Frotha
They all ready were, besides ORGless
2020-03-17 06:24
Eg got demolished in blast and katowice liquid very bad performence at katowice barley passed the group stage. Im sorry but who is winning?
2020-03-17 12:12
United States stotte
Theres always that one person who starts bringing up previous tournaments when I'm talking about Flashpoint and Flashpoint only. Do you feel better now?
2020-03-17 14:08
United States Frotha
I’m talking about the flashpoints teams, I don’t care about EU vs NA when EU has 200K more players
2020-03-17 18:05
Almost like TyLoo winning big matches on the tournament in China but loosing to everyone all the time anywhere else.
2020-03-17 16:37
Rip everyone and everything. It was nice travelling around the sun at the same time as you boys xx
2020-03-17 05:40
i wanted to see hallzerk on lan
2020-03-17 06:23
Sweden Lingon
Karma is a bitch Lol Thorin
2020-03-17 07:07
So moose can play instead of Legija?
2020-03-17 07:17
Poland Kobel_
Yup Michu already confirmed
2020-03-17 15:23
Germany ConAction
noooo faaaaaak I wont see any trashtalk then sadly from GuardiaN or Smooya :((
2020-03-17 07:27
What about the match Mad Lions vs Cph Flames?
2020-03-17 07:47
Fucking chine
2020-03-17 08:07
Rip that league was only good because of the production and the trash talk.
2020-03-17 08:22
so mibr will actually have a chance? lol
2020-03-17 08:33
Sweden Div-\
They were fucking stupid to even begin.
2020-03-17 08:41
Subroza to 70 bomb now, gg
2020-03-17 08:50
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China Wuhan
when will this corona shit stop ? the world is paralyzed
2020-03-17 08:55
Nice nickname+flair
2020-03-17 09:10
ty mens))
2020-03-17 09:11
+1 underrated
2020-03-17 10:05
its because you guys prefer to eat bats who can fly, who hide in the cave, who hide from the sunlight. instead of a chicken who cant fly and easier to catch.
2020-03-17 10:22
Eating chimps -> bad idea, they are more intelligent than most people that eat them -> ebola Eating flying rats -> bad idea, rats are known virus carriers for 1000+ years now -> SARS2 Maybe eat some veggies???
2020-03-17 21:15
2020-03-17 09:12
Sweden Lagge15
Sad. That almost means Flashpoint 1 got no reason. They wanted a better lan format ad more for the viewers and orgs but that is nearly impossible (their vision) when it is online
2020-03-17 09:13
the most entertaining thing for me was the banter between the teams, especially smooya was hilarious. i really dont think i'm gonna continue watching Onlinepoint now, especially not when ESL pro league is doing the same format with better teams and a more entertaining caster/analyst desk at the same time
2020-03-17 09:21
Sweden Lagge15
Hopefully better streams. Barely watchable streams for EPL yesterdsy
2020-03-17 12:01
were they? i missed most of EPL yesterday but the day before that was pretty good
2020-03-17 12:22
Sweden Lagge15
EPL has only played one day so far. I had lag spikes on picture and not on sound and my friends had the same issue. Perhaps just an NA twitch server, but it was hard to see what was happening since the speed changed on the video and sometimes froze
2020-03-17 12:30
ohhh youre right i kinda got that mixed up. i watched ence vs spirit in full but missed the rest. i sometimes did have blackscreen when they cut to the analyst desk but other than that i couldnt complain hope they fix everything for today
2020-03-17 12:34
Sweden Lagge15
Gonna do some stuff with my computer to make sure it wasn't o. My end before watching and judging. Still gonna give EPL and Flashpoint a free pass for the rest of the season due to all the complications brought on to them from external powers. No interesting games today though.
2020-03-17 13:34
BIG vs fnatic my friend will obviously be a 2-0 for fnatic but i'm eager to see how BIG is performing against t1
2020-03-17 14:07
Sweden Lagge15
I like watching Fnatic play but I doubt the match will be interesting. Gonna watch the mdl and then get some much needed sleep. All Flashpoint and EPL and MDL and work has made me sleep too little past couple of days
2020-03-17 15:25
Sweden Lagge15
Watching on another computer right now, same issue.
2020-03-17 19:06
players will not able to leave US atm
2020-03-17 09:19
yeah a good reason why BIG said no
2020-03-17 10:35
Sad for yay that he can't trash talk a'ymore while bottomfragging.
2020-03-17 09:25
Imagine trash-talking players who altogether won more majors than he will ever win regional LAN tournaments. What a joke player.
2020-03-17 16:39
Still entertain ing
2020-03-17 09:28
2020-03-17 09:56
Russia Pierock
Tier 3 online league so who cars
2020-03-17 10:01
2020-03-17 10:04
Thorin gotta be the biggest loser in the scene right now
2020-03-17 10:14
12 teams, 5 players and a coach each = 72 people. That in itself could be a great isolation group. Bring tents to the studio and make a campfire LOL
2020-03-17 10:19
Meh Online cs is ass. Might be a little bit better than EPL with the players all at the same location and lower pings with a LA server. EPL teams like Astralis yesterday just straight gave up because there’s less accountability in online cs. Just get it over with, turn off your pc and return to your own life without having to deal with the aftermath of a fucked up match in person on LAN.
2020-03-17 10:27
At least ESL has no choice. Maybe the finals we be online as well.
2020-03-17 10:34
I don’t blame them. It’s better than nothing, especially with all the sports league being suspended as well. You just can’t value the results too high and compare a top finish here to a big LAN win.
2020-03-17 10:39
Mibr time
2020-03-17 10:29
Thorins tweets aged well. Hope someday he gets what he deserve for his bullshit bimgo.
2020-03-17 10:33
I guess the players could play lan at their homes? Would make för 10 players, 2 coaches and 1/2 admins. Thats Only 14 People Say DIG plays vs (example) Gen.G at Gen.G premises And so the casters and observers would stay in Another house interacting with eachother and stream.
2020-03-17 10:43
RIP no more screaming from ryan
2020-03-17 10:44
Europe LoookATme
2020-03-17 11:00
Ahshahahah thorin must be crying "WE ARE THE ONLY LAN TOURNAMENT IN ESPORTS RN"
2020-03-17 11:07
Ukraine ksay
2020-03-17 11:13
Ez for onlineTARES
2020-03-17 11:14
Ukraine ksay
2020-03-17 11:34
congratulations you made yourself look like fucking amateurs by this :) should have been online from day 1
2020-03-17 11:56
that's so sad... But what can we do??
2020-03-17 12:04
If that shit league wouldn't have 2 games a day with a one day break, they could have been already done with the group stage.
2020-03-17 12:08
Russia Ou7bReaK
yes, im here
2020-03-17 12:35
Spain JLenny47
Fuck you Thorin, get fucked
2020-03-17 12:49
Does that League even have any sponsors except Pinnacle?
2020-03-17 13:17
Goodbye Guardian, Hello Hallzerk!
2020-03-17 13:30
damn... i already miss lan events.
2020-03-17 13:33
Sad News... Hope everything will be fine soon!
2020-03-17 13:37
Corona wont be gone this year. :[
2020-03-17 21:12
Iceland _natas_
Nice, now i definitely dont have to watch that tier 3 american jippo
2020-03-17 14:53
ah shit
2020-03-17 14:56
Sweden Akoulad
2020-03-17 15:35
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO No more trash talk smh, welcome to the meat grinder
2020-03-17 16:03
Poor Thorin
2020-03-17 16:15
Finland 0lter
rip only lan league
2020-03-17 16:44
Nepal rosiek64
When havu vs c0ntact will play?
2020-03-17 17:22
Thorin HAHA
2020-03-17 18:24
France Nairelav
Thorin KEKW
2020-03-17 18:29
ye what happend if its online play where did todays matches dissepear
2020-03-17 19:10
United States xiquo
it wouldn't kill anyone who plays csgo i dont get it.
2020-03-17 19:15
North America SLGam1ng
Because la and all non important businesses must close
2020-03-17 20:48
ONLINE TIME! Time for ORGLESS to shine! Time for Subroza to NOT look like he's aimbotting AT ALL!
2020-03-17 19:45
The rich controlled media sure is working wonders and with everyone on social media they all have to act like the virus is a threat and cancel events, shut down cities.. Every rich social media person will for sure say they have the virus to get clicks. Still not reports of the normal flu deaths. Guessing everyone that dies from a cold this year they will blame corona virus.
2020-03-19 04:24
respect sensei
2020-03-19 04:27
Not expected, but would a t5 tournament have a crowd anyway
2020-03-22 06:09
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