League of Legends: LPL Delays Start of League, English Casters Leave China

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League of Legends: LPL Delays Start of League, English Casters Leave China

The official League of Legends Pro League, the fastest growing and most popular League of Legends lobby, has announced it will be postponing the second week of competition due to the extraordinarily fatal coronavirus outbreak in China. In addition, the English casters in the region are leaving the country to stay safe from the virus.

The LPL made an official statement from their Twitter page earlier this week:

“We have decided to postpone week 2 of the LPL until we can ensure the safety and health of our players and fans. To our fans, we sincerely apologize that it has come to this and we will share any and all info as soon as we can. Stay Safe and thank you all for your support!”

The coronavirus has officially spread to over 4,500 cases across the world, with a growing death toll that is now over 150 people. With week two of the Legends Pro League scheduled to take place on February 5th, the league has made no announcement regarding the rescheduling of these matches.

Coronaviruses are common in many different species of animals, including most camels and bats. These forms of infectious viruses can evolve and infect humans and then spread between humans. Recent examples of this include SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV. Most coronaviruses infect animals, but according to most reports, stay astringent from people.

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Harrison Giza
Harrison is an esports commentator and gonzo video game journalist, focusing on esports and Call of Duty news for ESTNN. Current writer at Punchland and former contributing staff at Midnight Pulp, Bad Hat Harry, Montecito Picture Co. For inquiries or interviews: [email protected].