LCS Bans Live Audience and Press; Finals Under Consideration
Commissioner Chris Greeley has announced banning any live audience and press from the LCS until further notice because of the coronavirus. The news comes as multiple sports and esports leagues suspended or limited operations due to the pandemic sweeping the globe.
While the LCS Finals have yet to be canceled, Greeley clarified Riot is keeping an eye on the situation. They “expect to be able to share a decision by next Friday, March 20, based on further guidance by local government and health authorities in order to ensure the best experience for fans and players.” Fans who purchased tickets to the LCS can reach out to Riot at [email protected] for a refund if not automatically received in the next 4 to 6 business days.
Coronavirus Continues to Affect Esports
The news follows a week in which the ESL Pro League moved to an online format for its opening season. Also, the Overwatch League canceled its homestands for March and April, though matches will still play on schedule elsewhere.
Other events, such as the Dota2 Major in Los Angeles and La Liga have also been canceled or postponed. More are sure to follow in the coming days. Concerns over the spread of the virus have also impacted the ability of teams to travel as well. The nation of Malta, initially hosting the ESL Pro League, banned flights to and from several major European countries where participating teams live.
We’ll continue to keep you updated on the coronavirus and the situation surrounding the LCS and their audience. Stay tuned and make sure to take preventative measures to keep yourselves healthy.