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LCK on indefinite hiatus due to Coronavirus threat

Riot Games has announced the League of Legends Champions Korea is going on indefinite hiatus due to concerns around the Coronavirus.
LCK on indefinite hiatus due to Coronavirus threat
  • Korea's LCK is going on indefinite hiatus due to the Coronavirus
  • The hiatus will officially begin after round one on 6th March
  • It's joining a huge number of esports events affected by the virus

In what’s becoming a daily occurrence for esports events, Riot Games Korea has announced the LCK is going on indefinite hiatus to ensure player and fan safety amid the virus outbreak.  

A statement from Riot Games Korea (via Reuters) read: “Due to the on-growing Corona19 epidemic, in order to ensure the safety of the members of the league, we have decided to have the LCK and Challengers Korea go on an indefinite hiatus.  

“Currently, we do not have a set return date, and will keep a close eye on the epidemic to choose the appropriate date of return.” 

The 2020 LCK Spring and 2020 LoL Challengers Korea will officially go on hiatus after the conclusion of round one on the 6th March (KST), while weekly talk show Sunday Night LCK will also be on hiatus.  

LCK Arena in Seoul, Korea
The LCK Arena in Seoul, Korea (Picture: LoLesports) 

After delaying matches in light of the virus, China’s League of Legends Pro League (LPL) recently announced a return date after a six-week hiatus – although matches will only be online.  

The Coronavirus has affected a multitude of events across esports, including the Overwatch League, FGC events like Tokyo Tekken Masters and IEM Katowice for CS:GO.  

The death toll from the virus has exceeded 3,000 worldwide, with now over 60 countries reporting cases of infection.