League of Legends undoubtedly has one of the biggest esports scene in the gaming industry, if not the biggest. The recent 2019 World Championship Final between G2 Esports and FunPlus Phoenix reached 44 Million concurrent viewers while being broadcasted in 16 languages and across more than 20 platforms. The latter contributed to accumulating over 1 billion hours watched throughout the competition.
League of Legends Season 10 has kicked off, and so has its competitive scene. The last couple of days witnessed the first matches across the LCS and other regional leagues. However, the current health state in Asian countries with the widespread Coronavirus, especially China, obliged the League of Legends Pro League to postpone its matches indefinitely. Considering the number of players, fans, casters, and crew working on the LPL broadcast, it puts everyone at risk of catching the highly contagious coronavirus.
The English LPL’s Twitter account announced the news, followed up by its Chinese counterparts. League of Legends esports scene isn't the only one affected, as the General Administration of Sport in China are advising all sports committees to hold their activities till April minimum.
2. There was an announcement on Chinese motor sports association official website about them pausing an event originally scheduled between February 12th to 14th, in the announcement it mentioned General Administration of Sport has advised to pause all sports events before April. pic.twitter.com/muIKLEESG5— Ran (@ran_lpl) January 26, 2020
The decision is more than understandable, considering the deadly nature of the Coronavirus. The disease has sadly taken the lives of over eighty people, with around three thousand confirmed cases. China is currently on an extended holiday since the Chinese New Year, an unusual decision by the government, but it is the safer option to contain the vast amount of people coming in contact. We hope everyone stays safe, and we will keep you updated on the League of Legends Pro League status.