If you’ve kept on top of world news in the last few days, you’ll have seen warnings of a new virus sweeping China right now. So to protect players taking part in the League of Legends Pro League, Riot Games has indefinitely postponed the Chinese league.
The league, which was already on a break for the Chinese New Year, was slated to return on February 5, but the outbreak of the coronavirus has made life in China – and beyond – more difficult.
“We have decided to postpone week 2 of the LPL until we can ensure the safety and health of our players and fans,” a statement from Riot Games says. “To our fans, we sincerely apologise that it has come to this and we will share any and all info as soon as we can. Stay safe and thank you for all your support!”
The virus, which is related to the SARS virus, was first reported to the World Health Organisation at the end of last year following an outbreak in the city of Wuhan. It’s reported to have infected more than 3,000 people in China, killing more than 80 to date. Cases of the virus have also been confirmed in a number of other countries, including the United States, France, Australia, and Thailand.
We have decided to postpone week 2 of the LPL until we can ensure the safety and health of our players and fans.
To our fans, we sincerely apologize that it has come to this and we will share any and all info as soon as we can.
Stay Safe and thank you all for your support!
— LPL (@lplenglish) January 26, 2020
The Coronavius causes severe acute respiratory infection and there is no known cure or vaccine at this time. To combat the spread of the virus, Chinese authorities have put Wuhan on lockdown, restricted travel in the country, extended public holiday, and stopped businesses from returning to work.
Riot Games has not stated when the League will return.