Overwatch Contenders Korea will launch without live audience

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The first Overwatch Contenders Korea season of 2020 will kick off on March 17 as scheduled, participating team RunAway announced earlier today. Matches will be played offline but without a live audience to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus.

This will offer fans some more matches to watch since the Overwatch League, which adopted a homestand format this year, has been heavily disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak.

Dozens of homestands have been canceled or postponed. Six events that were set to take place in China and South Korea were canceled earlier this year, but even more were recently postponed across Europe and North America. More information has yet to be revealed about the postponed events, though.

Related: Every Overwatch League homestand affected by coronavirus cancellation

Meanwhile, after one year of online matches, the top regional league of Overwatch will resume with offline matches, which was highly demanded by the community. But due to the coronavirus outbreak, it will take form in an unexpected way. Launching offline matches without a live audience is a choice that many esports leagues have made recently, including the LEC and LCS.

South Korea has declared almost 8,000 cases as the virus continues to spread outside of China. This led to the postponement of the LCK, while the LPL resumed several weeks after being suspended.

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