Following a wave of disruptions to esports events, the League Of Legends Pacific Championship Series (PCS) has become the latest to be delayed over the Coronavirus outbreak.
In a statement on the PCS official Facebook page, a statement reads: “In light of the novel coronavirus outbreak and its development in our region, we have decided to postpone the start of the PCS in the interest of the safety and well-being of our players and teams.
“Amongst other considerations, several members of the operational staff, as well as team(s) staff have been affected by travel restrictions that have been implemented to mitigate the spread of the virus.
“To all fans, we apologize for this delay and will be sharing any updates on the schedule as soon as we can. Please stay safe and protected, and we thank you for your support.”
The Spring Split was scheduled to start on 8th February and conclude on 28th March, with it unclear if or when it’ll be rescheduled.
The PCS is a new regional league announced by Riot Games last year, which encompasses Southeast Asia, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
This marks the third League Of Legends league to be affected by the virus, with the LPL suspended earlier this week too.
Most recently, the LCK released a statement to cancel the opening media day for 30th January, before announcing the Korean championship would begin on 5th February but without an audience.
The Coronavirus, which has killed over 100 people in China, has also affected other esports titles. WESG’s Asia-Pacific Finals in CS:GO were recently cancelled over the virus, while Overwatch League teams have relocated to South Korea for safety.