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League Of Legends Pro Games Postponed In China Due To Coronavirus Concerns

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China’s League of Legends Pro League has decided to postpone the upcoming 2020 Spring Season matches that were originally slated to start early next month after the Chinese New Year’s holidays.

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According to CCN, the matches have been pushed back for the foreseeable future. Likewise, the League of Legends Development League’s second division will not begin later this month. It is unclear when these games will be rescheduled.

The League of Legends Pro League aims to reduce the risk of infecting players with the coronavirus.

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This is unconfirmed, but as one League of Legends reporter notes it could be until April that the matches resume as according to the country’s motorsport association, all sporting events have been put on hold until then. These are drastic steps but do appear necessary for the safety of all.

With 4,515 confirmed cases, the coronavirus has left over 100 dead. Thirteen countries, including Japan, are evacuating citizens from Wuhan, China, where most of these cases have been reported. 

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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Though it is likely the right move, this is actually a pretty big deal for the League of Legends pro scene. If games don’t start back up until April, that will eliminate most of the spring split for the LPL, the region that’s currently considered the best region in the world.

That will leave the Chinese representative for the MId-Season Invitational (one of the two major international events that takes place each year) with significantly less stage time than other regions, not to mention with such a truncated spring split, it won’t be possible to choose a Chinese representative for MSI in the usual way (the winner of the spring split).

This will have worldwide ramifications within the pro scene too, as many other regions follow the LPL player’s read on the game’s meta.

This is also a huge hit revenue wise, considering the LPL draws massive viewership and in person attendance in China. It’s not much of an overstatement to say that this would be the equivalent of the NFL canceling half of their season here in America.

Again, this is probably the right move considering the severity of the virus, but this seriously sucks for fans of the professional League of Legends.