2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak

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The 2019-20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak refers to an epidemic of the 2019-nCoV coronavirus that was first detected in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The virus can be fatal, with symptoms including fever, coughing, and breathing difficulties. Although not directly related to League of Legends esports, the spread of the virus overseas coupled with the relative proximity of the outbreak to multiple competitive regions, led to a number of professional leagues being postponed or undergoing changes to stop the spread of the virus.

Timeline of Events[edit]

General[edit]

2019[edit]

  • December 8, symptoms of the virus are detected in a patient for the first time.[1]

2020[edit]

  • January 9, first death attributed to the virus is confirmed.[2]

LPL & LDL[edit]

  • January 13, LPL 2020 Spring Season begins.
  • January 20, standard 15-day Chinese New Year break commences.
  • January 25, both the LPL and the LDL are postponed indefinitely due to the outbreak.[3][4]
  • January 27, Munchables confirms that the English language LPL casting team have left China.[5]
  • February 1, LDL is expected to start season after 20 February.[6]
  • February 18, the LPL will be holding an "online scrims league" starting on February 26.[7]

LCS[edit]

  • February 3, teams and players are allowed to opt into fan meets and audience high fives as they always have.[8]

LCK & CK[edit]

  • January 29, start of the LCK 2020 Spring Season will go ahead on February 5 as scheduled, but games will be played without a live audience until further notice, players from both teams will not shake hands after the game.[9][10]
  • January 30, start of the CK 2020 Spring Season will go ahead on February 6 as scheduled, but games will be played without a live audience until further notice, players from both teams will not shake hands after the game.

PCS[edit]

LJL[edit]

  • February 6, start of the LJL 2020 Spring Season will go ahead on February 8 as scheduled, but fan meetings after each games will be stopped. [13]

VCS[edit]

  • February 7, the VCS 2020 Spring Season games will be played without a live audience until further notice. Fans having bought tickets for Week 2 will be fully refunded.[14]

Further Information[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 专家解读不明原因的病毒性肺炎最新通报 (Chinese) wjw.wuhan.gov.cn
  2. China Reports First Death From New Virus nytimes.com
  3. China's LPL, LDL postpone season amid coronavirus outbreak espn.com
  4. LPL's Tweet twitter.com
  5. Muchables' Tweet twitter.com
  6. kenzi's Tweet twitter.com
  7. LPL's Tweet twitter.com
  8. Email communication from Rioter Kaitlin Stewart on Feb 3 - “Our player’s health and safety is our top priority,” said LCS Commissioner Chris Greeley. “At this time, we allow our teams and pro players to opt into fan meets and audience high fives as they always have.”
  9. 2020 LCK Spring Split will begin without audiences at LoL Park due to risk of Coronavirus invenglobal.com
  10. Ashley Kang's Tweet twitter.com
  11. LoL Pacific Championship Series' Facebook Post facebook.com
  12. LoL Pacific Championship Series' Facebook Post facebook.com
  13. 『LJL 2020 Spring Split』開催に関して (Japanese) jp.lolesports.com
  14. GG Stadium's Facebook Post facebook.com