Due to the current circumstances that the whole world finds itself in, many live events have gone completely online. This allows them to continue providing fresh content to their audiences without violating physical distancing protocols. Thanks to the success of previous online-only events, various organizers are conducting their own events on the web for viewers stuck at home. This includes eSports tournaments, concerts, and even web-based business conferences. Here are some of 2020’s upcoming online-only events.
Call of Duty League – May to July 2020
According to Venture Beat, while the first earlier matches have been concluded as LAN events, league organizers settled on holding online-only events in the future to continue their regular season. “No one wants to be in this situation,” said league commissioner Johanna Faries. “But we are, and we’re thankful that COD League can forge ahead and deliver live competition to fans when it’s probably needed most.”
eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series – April to November 2020
NASCAR’s fairly recent foray into eSports is timely to say the least. For a total of 21 races throughout the year, their new iRacing Series pits drivers against each other in virtual versions of NASCAR racetracks around the U.S. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Michigan International Speedway, and the Talladega Superspeedway are just some of the real-life racing locations that have been virtually recreated for keeping the competition alive in all-digital space. For more details, MRN lays down the full 2020 schedule for upcoming iRacing Series events, including a list of virtual racetracks, previous winners, and recaps of previous events.
PUBG Continental Series – to be announced
While there are no dates yet, it’s been confirmed that the PUBG Global Series will be replaced with the PUBG Continental Series – divided across four regional tournaments to solve for latency issues. These are Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Chinese Taiwan), Asia Pacific (Oceania and Southeast Asia), Europe, and North America. Notably, out of eSports’ 625 million viewers, the largest number of fans are from North America, Europe, and Asia. An estimated 57% of this fandom resides in the Asia Pacific region. This isn’t surprising as there are 25.3 million gamers in South Korea alone due to it being one of the countries where eSports first exploded.
Ben Gibbard – every Thursday
Better known as the voice of the band Death Cab for Cutie, Ben Gibbard has been performing live concerts every Thursday for the better part of the lockdown. They stream live on YouTube, Facebook, as well as Instagram. Gibbard typically invites special guests whenever possible, and even takes requests from viewers.
Diplo – five days per week
EDM fans need not worry about missing out on some of this year’s live events as superstar DJ Diplo – who’s worked with the likes of Beyoncé and Madonna – continues to hold live sets from his home on an almost nightly basis. This happens five days a week and is an awesome consolation for EDM fans who won’t be able to go to this year’s many different EDM festivals.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera – April 25, 2020
If you’re more into musical theater, composer and Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber will be streaming the award-winning musical Phantom of the Opera for free all weekend long. The new free show follows after Universal live streamed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on April 3 and Jesus Christ Superstar on April 10 – which could mean more free Webber musicals in the future.
320 Festival – May 8 to 10, 2020
Founded by Talinda Bennington (Chester Bennington’s widow) and Kevin Lyman of Warped Tour fame, the 320 Festival is a music festival and mental health education event in one. Originally scheduled to take place in Los Angeles, ABC News Radio notes that the event will now be held wholly online, on various digital platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, KNEKT.tv, and Apple TV.
NPR Tiny Desk Concerts – to be announced
Most recently, NPR’s famed Tiny Desk series was graced by new music from Black Thought of The Roots, who did everything from his studio at home. As many popular musicians have their own studio equipment at home as well – plus the fact that NPR likes to surprise the Internet with new uploads – more at-home Tiny Desk concerts are likely to follow in the near future.
Ignite 2020 – September 2020
Ignite is an annual conference held by tech giant Microsoft for developers and other professionals in the IT industry. Not surprisingly, ZD Net reports that the company has decided to move everything online, which will not be a difficult transition for the conference’s targeted attendees.
MVP Summit 2020 – to be announced
Likewise, the same will be done with Microsoft’s MVP or Most Valuable Professional Summit, which honors those who have contributed significantly to the developments of the company’s flagship technologies. Awards will be given out to open source programmers, speakers, bloggers, and anyone else who have used their expertise to further the company’s goals and vision.
These are just a handful of the live events that are utilizing cyberspace this year. As the world’s authorities continue to struggle with the current circumstances, expect many more online-only events to come.
Article written by Kelly Leavitt exclusively for EventChain