FunPlus Phoenix donates $288,000 to help combat coronavirus

League of Legends Worlds

The reigning League of Legends Worlds champions FunPlus Phoenix has given 2 million yuan (around $288,000) to support the fight against the outbreak of coronavirus in China.

Dot Esports reports that the donation – which will be used to buy medical supplies and assist those who have contracted coronavirus – was a collective effort from FunPlus Phoenix’s staff, players, and management. FunPlus Phoenix’s league, the LPL, has been temporarily postponed to stop the potential spread of the deadly virus. The league’s owners, Chinese entertainment giant Tencent, has also pledged a massive $43 million in the country’s fight against coronavirus.

The health and safety concerns created by the coronavirus outbreak has affected other esports leagues in Asia too, with the LCK and Overwatch League both suffering disruption. The LCK will play its opening weekend of League of Legends action behind closed doors, while Chinese homestands for the first two months of the Overwatch League have been called off.

The epicentre and the area worst affected by coronavirus has been Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province in Eastern China and the seventh-largest city in china.

So far, around 200 people are reported to have died from the virus, which has now spread to every region in China and at least fifteen other countries across the globe.