Mon, 03 Aug 2020 15:57:33
Although many esports tournaments this year have been postponed or canceled due to coronavirus pandemic, Riot Games announced they continue the League of Legends World Championship 2020 in Shanghai from 25 September to 31 October.
The final will be held at Pudong Football Stadium. Companies think by holding events on one site, they could better control the show environment.
At present, the plans call for the early stages of the tournament to have no in-person audiences. The company says it will rely on “local guidelines” to decide whether to allow an in-person audience for the finals. If so, details about tickets and any safety measures that need to be applied will be available later this summer.
“We continue to use the guidance from various health organizations and local and national authorities to prioritize safety for our players, fans, and everyone involved with bringing Worlds 2020 to life,” Riot said in a statement.
Other sports leagues have restarted with a slew of protective measures in place, with players in the NBA and MLB playing before virtual audiences, and the NHL starting its playoff season with fan noises piped in.
Players are tested for the virus regularly and restricted to “bubbles” with travel limited. But the attempts to contain the virus have had mixed success; at least 29 MLB players and staff have already tested positive for COVID-19, and several games have been canceled, according to ESPN.
The riots did not specify what precautions were needed to protect the players in the 2020 League of Legends World Championship, or whether they would be confined. In February, the League of Legends Chinese League suspended the game immediately amid a coronavirus outbreak and switched to the online format.
Tournaments and events across Overwatch, League of Legends, PUBG, Dota 2, Counter-Strike, the fighting game community, and many more were postponed or canceled outright in the spring as the coronavirus spread across the globe.
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