ESEA Season 35 Global Challenge canceled
ESEA will restructure the MDL season to be played entirely online.
ESEA announced they are calling off their end-of-season LAN, the ESEA Global Challenge, as much of the world is seeing an uptick in coronavirus cases.
The organizers, who were hopeful in September that the LAN could take place, have now stated that with "rising cases across the globe and iconic physical sporting organisations unable to avoid postponing matches, we find it not feasible to have an MDL Global Challenge with participating teams from four different regions in the world."
This is the second Global Challenge affected by the coronavirus pandemic, as ESEA had to cancel the previous one in July for the same reason, and will once again have to restructure the season for it to be played online throughout.
As happened last time, the two ESL Pro League spots that were to be up for grabs at the Global Challenge LAN have been reassigned to the winners in Europe and North America. The three top teams in the European and North American regions, who would be the ones affected by the LAN's cancelation, will therefore now have the following prize pool:
1. $12,500 + ESL Pro League
The two regions that will miss out on the opportunity to qualify for ESL Pro League due to the cancellation of the Global Challenge, Asia and Oceania, will each get a $10,000 bump in the prize pool and ESEA will be working with ESL to see what future opportunities the winning teams could get in the 2021 calendar.