April 7th, 2020, 12:17 Posted By: wraggster
Disruption is what moves the needle forward. This is something that applies to business and it teaches us that we cannot deny the evolution of tomorrow. This is rightfully applicable to esports as well and the lessons it has taught us over the course of the COVID-19 outbreak. What esports made evident is that in a crisis, it is able to quickly adapt and thrive, while the platforms of old fall behind.
Throughout the world of professional sports, many traditional leagues such as the NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, and NASCAR shocked the world when they decided to suspend their practices and, in some cases, their leagues. As for esports, the impact hit just as hard -- especially on those with a physical presence. Numerous events have either been cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic, including events for DOTA 2, League of Legends, Overwatch, and many more. For a brief time, it seemed esports would follow the full suspension model being laid out by the traditional sports.
One article even assumed the cancellation for Apex Legends would be a "final blow" to the game's pro scene. Some have pondered that a dive in revenue and tournaments with no audiences would likely destroy the industry's footprint and any chance at legitimizing itself in the big leagues. While one can appreciate the sentiment, it turns out that esports is proving much more resilient to this crisis than other professional sports, and may be demonstrating the model for weathering a pandemic crisis such as this.
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