The ESL Forced To Close Poland Event Due To Coronavirus

In the latest "the coronavirus is messing with everything" news, the ESL has closed down the Intel Extreme Masters XIV in Spodek, Katowice, Poland. We have the press release for you below, as the public has been denied access to the event due to health concerns from the government. So while you can still watch the event online, those in the area are unable to be in the seated audience.

The ESL Issues Restrictions At Poland Event Due To Coronavirus
Credit: ESL

It breaks our heart that, today at 19:45 CET we were informed that, due to the dynamic changes in the global health situation, the Masters Championship at IEM Katowice 2020 has been closed to the public by the Polish Gouverneur of Silesia hours before its door opening.

We respect the decision from the local authorities. Your health and well-being stand above everything else.

You will be able to request a refund for your ticket. Our team is currently working on the refund method, FAQ and how-to guide that will be uploaded on iem.gg/katowice2020 in the next few days. We see all your messages and will collectively respond on the official event website, so please be patient.

If your ticket included a goodie bag, we will ship this to you for free. There will also be a request form in the next few days.

For the first time ever, the legendary Spodek arena will not be echoing with your chants and cheers. In the spirit of esports, we will still broadcast the tournament as planned on online and TV channels. Join us in the chat, we are going to make sure to deliver a legendary weekend.

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