League Of Legends' South Korean League Suspends Second Half Due To Coronavirus

Jason Winter
Jason Winter March 3, 2020

Coronavirus fears have once again impacted League of Legends esports. This time, it's the LoL Champions Korea league, which ESPN is reporting has suspended operations for the second half of its season, which was due to being March 9. The league started its season on Feb. 5 but has yet to play in front of a live audience.

The league's media room was closed down and all its occupants quarantined for 11 hours after host Mina Kim was hospitalized with a fever. She tested negative for coronavirus.

The LCK's cancellation is just the latest incident of esports, and video games in general, being impacted by the coronavirus. In January, League's Chinese professional league cancelled its matches, as did a CS:GO tournament in Macau and the Overwatch League for its planned events in several Chinese cities. Even in Europe, a major CS:GO event was played in an empty stadium, and multiple games have had their development cycles impacted by the virus.

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Jason Winter
Jason Winter, News Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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derpina 1 year ago
I have a lvl 88 account perma banned today because I said "noob" in chat. Meanwhile guys with offensive names like di1ck run around free. Bad words in other languages I know aren't detected by the ai. And riot Chinese censorship mentality won't listen to me. They say "your 0.06%" of a toxic community that loses... My winning streak is amazing, with about one loss per 5-8 win streak, and every match there's a 70% chance toxic player... This game can keep my banned account. I boycott this game.


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