League of Legends Championship Series commissioner Chris Greeley has announced that LCS 2020 has been postponed to assist in preventing the spread of the coronavirus. The finals have also moved locations.
“As the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to grow, we’re committed to keeping the health and safety of players, fans, and everybody who makes the LCS possible at the forefront of each decision we make,” Greely said during a tweet (embedded below). “And so, it had been an incredibly difficult call to form, but this afternoon we decided, after much discussion with LCS teams, to suspend operations (including all LCS and Academy teams) for the immediate future.”
“The same factors that weighed into this decision, including expanding restrictions on large-scale public events in North Texas, have also led us to maneuver the 2020 LCS Spring Finals from Dallas to the house studio in l. a. ,” he continued. Greely added that anyone who has already purchased a ticket to the matches or the Spring 2020 Finals are going to be refunded.
This news follows on the heels of EA suspending its esports competitions. Due to the coronavirus, the Apex Legends Global Series, FIFA 20 Global Series, FIFA Online 4 Live, Madden NFL 20 Championship Series, and every one third-party competition are temporarily placed on hold.