Last month, only a week into the 2020 season, the Chinese League of Legends Pro League suspended play due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus outbreak. More than a month later, the league is lastly set to resume — but it surely’s going to look very totally different.

On Friday the LPL announced that the season would resume on March ninth, however the league is understandably taking some precautions. To begin, all gamers will be required to full a 14-day monitored quarantine interval and “meet all local health requirements” earlier than they’ll take part.

The greatest change, nonetheless, is that matches will now not be performed in studios and arenas in entrance of followers. Instead, the LPL is shifting to an online format. Most groups will play primarily based out of their native headquarters, with the exception of gamers who’re in provinces underneath quarantine, and thus unable to depart. According to the LPL, this format will proceed “until we can safely resume using the esports venues.” As the league notes, this will be the primary time skilled League of Legends matches will be performed online as a substitute of in a reside in-person format.

The LPL is at the moment one of the highest esports leagues on this planet, with profitable partnerships from corporations like Nike and a glittering worldwide win document; the earlier two League world champions hail from China. It’s additionally removed from the one esports league coping with the fallout of the continued unfold of the novel coronavirus.

The Overwatch League canceled a number of matches in China and later South Korea due to coronavirus concerns. Meanwhile, League of Legends Champions Korea, one of the world’s high leagues, is at the moment taking part in games in an empty studio in Seoul. On Thursday, the Masters Championship at IEM Katowice 2020, one of the premier Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournaments, introduced that it was compelled to shut to the general public by the Polish authorities. The match was set to happen within the 11,000-seat Spodek Arena.

For the LPL, Chinese broadcasts will resume on March ninth, whereas the league’s English-language channels on Twitch and YouTube will resume on March 15th. “There will likely be some unforeseen technical difficulties,” the league says, “but we will try our best to deal with them in a timely fashion.”

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