The League of Legends European Championship has received all sorts of praise for the quality of its broadcast in recent weeks, but this week will be a little bit different. All the production staff will be working from home after a member of the on air talent came into direct contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19.
“During the evening of Thursday, July 2, a member of the on air talent team reported to the league that somebody they were in contact with prior to Week 3 has since tested positive for COVID-19,” the statement from Riot Games says. “Neither that person, nor the shoutcaster in question, have displayed any symptoms. However, we have decided to err on the side of caution and have our on air talent team work from home in order to protect the health of the rest of the production crew during Week 4.”
Trevor ‘Quickshot’ Henry has since identified himself as the talent member involved. He and his wife, Becca Henry, so far feel fine and are not displaying any symptoms. However, since the test results still haven’t come back, Riot Games has ordered all the casters to work from home this week.
It shouldn’t change too much for viewers since the LEC team broadcast most of the late stages of the Spring Split from home, so if you’re a big fan, you can expect to see lots of spicy match-ups casted by some of the best in the business.
It is @BeccaCHenry and I that have come in direct contact with someone that tested positive for Covid19.
Neither of us are showing symptoms, and we feel fine, but for the safety of everyone, we are going remote broadcast until the results come back. https://t.co/95WMTEx9Db
— Trevor Henry (@RiotQuickshot) July 3, 2020
Plus, it might not be for long. As soon as Riot Games gets the results, the team will make a decision on how to produce week five.