Coronavirus: LEC cancels live audience and in-studio press attendance


Games developers, Riot Games have announced that there won’t be live audience and in-studio press attendance for the remainder of the 2020 Spring Split season due to the pandemic COVID-19.

The precaution is being taken worldwide to maintain a healthy environment for its fans and players contain the spread of the deadly virus.

It has left over 3500 people dead globally as Italy becomes recently the most affected country from the virus that emanated from Wuhan. China. Presently, Juventus defender, Daniele Rugani and Sampdoria striker, Manolo Gabbiadini are the two players from the Italian league confirmed to have been infected by the virus. According to the reports, the decision includes the Finals.

With the announcement made by Riot Games announced on Thursday, Origen will stay in his base, Copenhagen, to continue playing LEC games online this weekend. This is due to announcements made recently by the Danish government that suggest limiting travel in and out of the country.

While stating that it wasn’t a decision made lightly, it said the health and safety of the pro players, fans, press, and staff is and will always be their top priority, adding that the company will continue to monitor the situation and listen closely to medical advice and governmental authorities.

With this decision made, which affected all live audience, tailgates, and press activities from the LCS Studios in Los Angeles, there is currently no updates about the 2020 LCS Spring Finals in Texas, with a decision expected to be made by Friday, March 20 on whether it will be moved to the LCS Arena in Los Angeles.

The coronavirus has also affected the LPL and LCK, across the Pacific Ocean. The regulatory body of the LPL had suspended for several weeks before moving to an online league, while the LCK has been postponed since Monday, March 2.

Fans who already bought tickets to this week’s LEC live event will be contacted shortly about a refund. The safety and health of all the fans and players must be at the forefront of Riot’s priorities. These precautions must be taken to help limit the spread of this virus.

Written by: Oladipupo Mojeed