As Traditional Sports Leagues Pause During the Coronavirus, Esports Could Fill Some Gaps

Many esports already take place online, so backup plans are more readily available

Esports may not need large-scale events to thrive. Getty Images

This week, it felt like another major sporting event was canceled just about every 15 minutes. After two Utah Jazz players tested positive for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 on Wednesday night, the entire NBA season was suspended. Thursday morning, the MLS, MLB, NHL, UEFA, Rugby’s Six Nations, Formula One, tennis events, golf tournaments, marathons and, in a considerable development, March Madness, have all been canceled or postponed.

Mitch Reames is a freelance writer based in southern Oregon. A 2017 graduate of the University of Oregon school of journalism and communications, Reames covers a wide range of industry topics including creativity, agencies, brands, esports and more.