The LEC Summer Finals 2020 have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Riot Games exploring “other options” for the event.
The event was scheduled to take place in Malmo, Sweden on 29-30th August, although unsurprisingly the event has been cancelled due to the virus outbreak.
“We’re currently exploring other options for the event, and will share more with you in the near future,” reads the post from Riot Games.
They’re also moving production of the LEC Summer season back to the LEC Studio in Berlin, which will start with Week 1 on 12th June.
The post adds: “We will operate with a skeleton production crew adhering to updated health and safety precautions as determined by local regulations, and teams will continue to play remotely from their training facilities.”
G2 Esports won the LEC Summer Finals last year (Picture: Riot Games)
As the season progresses, they plan to increase the amount of staff working at the studio, “with the eventual goal of having teams and press return as well” - although they didn’t state when a live audience could return.
This gradual approach is due to the amount of staff required when teams, press and audience are brought back into the fold, so they’re starting with a low risk approach.
While the cancellation of the Summer Finals in a live capacity was expected, it’s unclear whether this gradual rollout could lead to teams, at least, being present for the other options they're exploring for the event.