Wednesday, March 25.03.2020
Dear Dota 2 fans,
As described in our last update on March 12, we have continued to evaluate the daily developments surrounding the global COVID-19 situation. Today, we are announcing the extremely difficult decision to reschedule ESL One Birmingham 2020 powered by Intel into 2021. This year's tournament itself will be transformed into an online tournament. Everyone here at ESL could not have been more excited to bring Dota 2 back to Birmingham for the third year in a row, but the safety and well-being of fans, players and crew members are our utmost priority. We will be back in 2021 and all tickets remain valid.
In the spirit of competition, ESL One Birmingham 2020 will be played and broadcasted online with regional online leagues from May to June with total prize money of $335,000 USD split across all regions.
It’s the best, and more importantly, the safest decision for players, coaches, team staff, fans, and our event crews while still keeping the core of esports alive. We are happy that our sport can go on even in the most difficult of times and hope to bring you some great entertainment during the quarantine period.
All tickets remain valid for the 2021 event. We will announce the new date for this soon. If you prefer a refund for your tickets, please contact the Ticket Factory, where your tickets were originally purchased.
We are currently working out the final tournament details and will continue to update this page in the next few days. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our support team via email here.
Stay safe, stay inside and enjoy some Dota,
Your ESL One Team
Thursday, March 12.03.2020
As we are monitoring the daily dynamics and are in contact with the venue, we want to be as transparent with you, the fans, as possible. Please see below for the latest status. We will update this news item here over the next weeks.
ESL One Birmingham 2020 will happen as planned on May 29 - 31 at Arena Birmingham. We are in close contact with the local authorities, and if there is any reason to suggest that the event is not perfectly safe we will re-evaluate and react to the new situation. As of now, the venue, the authorities, and we evaluate the event to be safe to attend.
That being said: The health of fans, players and our crew is our highest priority. We will continue to monitor both potential restrictions and the overall safety dynamics to ensure the well-being of all attendees. The global Covid-19 scenario is dynamic, and the direction it is heading might change in a few months from today, so there might be changes to the event as we monitor the situation daily.
Our support team is happy to assist in case you have any concerns about your visit to ESL One Birmingham 2020. You can contact us via email here.
As always, the health of players, fans and our crew working on-site is our top priority.
Your ESL One Team