Organisers of the League of Legends Pro League (LPL) announced the competition will continue with an online presence only due to health and safety concerns amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.
The esports event was initially put on an indefinite hiatus on 25 January due to the recent coronavirus outbreak and lockdowns across the country.
With the safety measures limiting travel and entire cities under lockdown, many other large scale events were canceled.
On 28 February, the LPL announced on Twitter that the spring split competitions will resume on 9 March, with players competing from their club headquarters with onsite referees. Participants are further required to undertake a monitored 14-day quarantine before taking part in the games.
The top tier League of Legends championship will be held online for the first time since its launch date in 2013. It’s held in China and qualifies winning teams for the World Championship.
The event was originally scheduled to be held in a number of esports venues in metropolitan cities across the country, including Shanghai, Beijing and Chengdu. With the safety measures limiting travel and entire cities under lockdown, many other large scale events including Chinese New Year festivities were canceled.
The new coronavirus is believed to originate from Wuhan, Hubei where the play-in of the League of Legends World Championship in 2017 had taken place.
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Last modified: 15th March 2020