Today, high-profile DOTA 2 staff Team Aster introduced through a Weibo put up that a number of members of the staff had examined optimistic for Covid-19, together with three gamers. This information comes simply eight days earlier than the start of DOTA 2’s $40 million match, The International, which is scheduled for October 7, 2021.
The put up, translated by the web site joinDOTA, states that the three gamers who examined optimistic had been the staff’s carry, Du “Monet” Peng, offlaner, Lin “Xxs” Jing, and help, Ye “BoBoKa” Zhibiao. For these of you who’re unfamiliar with DOTA 2, that’s three of solely 5 staff members. Toss of their coach, Han “Mad” Cheng, who additionally examined optimistic, and you’ve got nearly a worst-case situation for the staff.
Luckily, the 4 different Chinese groups that Team Aster is presently sharing a lodge with have remained symptom free, although they’re nonetheless ready on official take a look at outcomes.
A main staff coming down with Covid-19, and 4 others up within the air, simply days earlier than The International is a logistical nightmare, particularly given the truth that the match was already delayed twice: first, on account of the worldwide pandemic and second, due to Sweden’s refusal to challenge visas to the groups as a result of they didn’t assume esports had been actual sports activities.
Over the final two years, skilled sporting occasions, digital or in any other case, have been pressured to get artistic, by creating bizarre bubbles for his or her gamers to dwell in, or merciless, by treating the season like enterprise as ordinary and sacrificing participant well being within the course of, and that is simply one other occasion of the phenomenon.
Turns out, it’s logistically troublesome to get a bunch of individuals to all go to the identical place and not get the extremely transmissible illness, particularly when these individuals all should be in the identical room taking part in a sport. For the few of you unconvinced that esports are actual sports activities, take this extremely grim scenario as your signal that sure, esports are simply common sports activities now.