The 2020 League of Legends Pro League looks set to be delayed for a significant period of time as a result of Coronavirus currently spreading within China.
The LPL was already suspended following the outbreak of the virus despite games not scheduled to recommence until 5th February. No further date has been given for when the games will be played and it is possible the Spring Split is instead played online in order to allow teams a chance to qualify for the Mid-Season Invitational.
In a video posted to Twitter, the English casters for the LPL revealed that they would be flying home rather than waiting for the league to restart.
“We don't really know the extent of how dangerous it is, but it seems like it could be a lot worse than people are saying, so we're getting the f**k out of here,” Joe "
No one within the talent is suspected of being infected and they reassured fans that they would hopefully return "very, very soon" once the situation is clearer and under control.
With most talent leaving in the upcoming days, Clement Chu remains in Taiwan but is also currently unaffected by the Coronavirus situation.
Unfortunately LPL will be postponed with the current situation. Many players are in restricted travel zones. Hope everyone stays safe in the Chinese New Year. pic.twitter.com/GsrGYhzmxr— Clement Chu (@ClementKChu) January 26, 2020
League of Legends isn't the only esports title to see tournaments suspended due to the outbreak. WESG's Asia-Pacific Finals in CS:GO were cancelled due to Coronavirus fears and it is not yet known when the 16 teams will play and whether the location will be changed as a result.