March 11 saw a slew of events canceled over coronavirus concerns. March 12 isn’t shaping up to be much better.
“After carefully monitoring the situation around COVID-19, we’ve come to the difficult decision to suspend the live audience, tailgates, and press at the LCS Studios until further notice… We know this may be disappointing to our fans, but we ask for your understanding with this very difficult decision,” Riot said in a statement.
The LCS noted that it is working with its vendors in order to send refunds to fans that paid for tickets.
Plans for the LCS Spring Finals were also detailed. The company stated that it is still looking to host the event in Frisco, Texas but is working with local officials in order to determine whether this is viable. If it’s, the teams will remain at the LCS Studios and the games will be contested there.
The LEC Spring Split will also be closed to the public.
The combination of international travel requirements and a strong presence in Asia saw League of Legends become one of the first sports to be rocked by the spread of the coronavirus. China’s LPL ended up being suspended for weeks due to travel restrictions in the country before eventually starting as an online league. The LCK in South Korea started its season in an empty arena before being suspended indefinitely.
The situation has become dramatically worse in the west over the last few days, however. The NBA suspended its season on Monday, which was followed by the United States implementing serious travel restrictions from Europe.
So when will fans be able to start watching the LCS live again? And when will things start dying down with the coronavirus?
Unfortunately, there’s no end in sight when it comes to the disease right now.