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League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational delayed to July over Coronavirus

Riot Games has delayed the 2020 League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational from May to July due to concerns around the Coronavirus outbreak.

After delaying the announcement of details around the 2020 League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational, Riot has pushed the event from May to July due to the Coronavirus.  

The tournament will now take place from Friday 3rd July and conclude on Sunday 19th July, although no location details were announced.  

In an announcement post, Riot stated: “Shifting the tournament to the summer offers the best chance to see travel restrictions lifted, allowing teams from leagues around the world to travel and compete safely.” 

They added: “Location and other details will be shared as soon as possible, though we need to remain flexible given how the much COVID-19 situation has impacted international travel and live events for nearly every sports and entertainment property.” 

Due to the delay, Riot has made changes to the start dates for the Summer Split – which will kick off prior to the Mid-Season Invitational. You can check out the dates below.  

  • OPL – 15th May 

  • VCS – 15th May 

  • LCS – 16th May 

  • TCL – 16th May 

  • LCK – 20th May 

  • LEC – 22nd May 

  • CBLOL – 23rd May 

  • LPL – 23rd May 

  • PCS – 30th May 

  • LJL – 31st May 

  • LCL – 6th June 

  • LLA – TBD 

Riot has also decided to cancel all Rift Rivals in the remaining regions where the tournament was scheduled to take place, due to the “challenges it created to the annual schedule”.  

This has become the latest esports event to be affected by the Coronavirus, after the cancellations of the Rocket League World Championship and Overwatch League homestands in South Korea. 

The Tekken World Tour 2020 has also been delayed, while IEM Katowice chose to have its matches without a live audience due to concerns around the virus. 

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